The Ohio Lottery Original Mega Millions

Mega Millions Rules & Regulations

3770:1-9-250 Ohio Lottery Commission game rule number two hundred fifty.

(A) Title and term. Game number two hundred fifty, the Ohio-adopted version of “Mega Millions,” shall be conducted at such times and for such periods as the Ohio lottery commission may determine. For the purpose of this rule, “sales cycle” shall mean any such period beginning on the date when ticket sales are commenced and continuing through the date established by the Ohio lottery commission executive director as the date on which sales agents are to make their final settlement with respect to such period.

(B) General design.

(1) “Mega Millions” is a statewide joint lottery game that exists based on an agreement between all participating party lotteries.

(2) As used in this rule, “Mega Millions” shall hereinafter be referred to as “game number two hundred fifty” as it applies to statewide ticket sales in Ohio conducted by the Ohio lottery commission.

(3) As used in this rule, “party lotteries” shall mean the lotteries established and operated pursuant to the laws of the jurisdictions participating in “Mega Millions”.

(a) Game number two hundred fifty shall not be amended when one or more lottery is added or removed from participating, unless the addition or removal of such party lottery shall substantively change the game matrix, the play style or the method of prize payments in this game.

(4) As used in this rule, “directors” shall mean the chief officers of the party lotteries or any other persons to whom the directors’ authority is lawfully delegated.

(5) As used in this rule, “cash equivalent grand prize” shall mean the discounted present cash value of the grand prize jackpot in an amount equal to the full proceeds generated by the sale of the investments acquired by the Ohio lottery commission to fund the annual installment payment stream over twenty-six years.

(6) As used in this rule, “Ohio lottery” shall mean the Ohio lottery commission.

(7) As used in this rule, “Ohio director” shall mean the executive director of the Ohio lottery commission.

(8) As used in this rule, game number two hundred fifty “panel or play area” shall mean the area of an official “Mega Millions” ticket identified by the following two fields of play: one field of five numbers consisting of one or two digits that were selected by the player or the on-line gaming system computer, and a second field of one number consisting of one or two digits selected by the player or the on-line gaming system computer. Up to ten such panels or play areas may appear on any one ticket in game number two hundred fifty. The director may change the number of panels or play areas appearing on any one ticket in game number two hundred fifty.

(9) Each ticket in game number two hundred fifty shall be imprinted with one set of five unique numbers from a set of numbers, one through fifty-six inclusively (“field one”), and one unique number from a second set of numbers, one through forty-six, inclusively (“field two”), as determined by the choice of the ticket purchaser or the auto pick feature of the on-line computer system, and recorded on the ticket at the time of purchase. Players may use a bet card to have the auto pick feature select their numbers in either field one, field two or both fields. Players may also use a bet card to manually select their numbers in either field one, field two or both fields. (Bet cards are available at no cost to the player and shall have no pecuniary or prize value, nor shall they constitute evidence of purchase or number selections). When a player orally places a “Mega Millions” wager, the player must either manually select numbers from both fields or request usage of the auto pick feature to select numbers from both fields.

(10) As used in this rule, game number two hundred fifty winning numbers shall be randomly selected during each official “Mega Millions” drawing, and shall consist of five numbers selected from a field of numbers one through fifty-six, inclusively, and one number selected from a second field of numbers one through forty-six, inclusively. Holders of valid winning tickets for a given drawing bearing the numbers drawn in that drawing, in whole or in part, shall be entitled to a prize award in accordance with this rule.

(11) Tickets purchased in game number two hundred fifty are automatically deemed by the on-line gaming system to reflect payment of the grand prize jackpot in twenty-six annual installments. As set forth at paragraph (J)(3) of this rule, at the time of claim, any grand prize jackpot prize winner(s) who purchased their game number two hundred fifty ticket(s) from an authorized Ohio lottery sales agent shall have sixty calendar days from the date of the presentation for payment of their valid claim to the Ohio lottery commission, to opt for a cash equivalent grand prize known as the “cash option.” All other prizes, other than the grand prize in game number two hundred fifty, shall be paid out in a lump sum.

(C) Price of tickets. The price of a wager for the game as described in paragraphs (B) to (D) of this rule issued by the Ohio lottery commission in game number two hundred fifty shall be one dollar. The player may purchase up to the number of wagers per ticket, or multiples thereof, as designated by the director if a multi-draw wager is requested at the player’s discretion in accordance with the number of game panels and inclusive drawings.

(D) Structure, nature and value of prize awards. Based upon the numbers drawn in each regular drawing for game number two hundred fifty, prizes shall be awarded to holders of valid tickets for that drawing as follows:

(1) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches none of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of two dollars;

(2) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches one of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of three dollars;

(3) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches three of the five numbers drawn for field one, and no matching number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of seven dollars;

(4) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches two of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of ten dollars;

(5) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches three of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of one hundred fifty dollars.

(6) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches four of the five numbers drawn for field one, and no matching number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of one hundred fifty dollars.

(7) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches four of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of ten thousand dollars.

(8) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches all five of the five numbers drawn for field one, and no matching number drawn for field two, the player shall be entitled to a regular prize award of two hundred fifty thousand dollars.

(9) For each ticket bearing a selection which matches all five numbers drawn for field one, and matching the one number drawn for field two, the player shall win the grand prize jackpot award which shall be divided equally among the winning selections if there is more than one winning selection. The prize pool to be paid shall be equal to the amount designated by the directors as the grand prize jackpot amount. The directors or their designees shall designate and certify the amount of the grand prize jackpot for each drawing to be advertised prior to each drawing. The advertised grand prize jackpot amount shall be the basis for determining the amount to be awarded for each valid winning ticket matching all five of the five winning numbers drawn for field one and one winning number drawn for field two. The advertised grand prize jackpot amount is forecasted on each drawing by the Party Lotteries based upon expected sales. However, if the actual sales support a jackpot that is at least twelve million dollars lower than the advertised jackpot, the resulting jackpot to be paid will be the highest fully funded million plus twelve million dollars or the advertised jackpot, whichever is lower. In no event shall the jackpot be less than the advertised jackpot of the immediately prior drawing.

In any event, the directors shall have discretion to change the prizes and percentages which represent the prize pools in each of the categories referred to in paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(9) of this rule.

(10) The minimum total grand prize jackpot amount in any grand prize jackpot for which at least one ticket bears a winning selection which matches five of the five numbers drawn for field one, and matches one number drawn for field two, as validated by the on-line computer system, shall be twelve million dollars, and shall be divided equally among the holders of the winning tickets if there is more than one winning ticket.

If the grand prize jackpot amount that is divided by the number of prize winners matching five winning numbers for field one and one winning number for field two is less than one million dollars, each grand prize jackpot winner shall be paid in a single cash payment in an amount equal to the cash option grand prize divided equally by the number of grand prize jackpot prize winners.

The directors may set the grand prize jackpot at levels higher than the minimum amount in accordance with paragraph (D)(9) of this rule.

(11) Any amounts remaining in the prize pools described in paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(8) of this rule after any given drawing, due to residual amounts after prize disbursements, shall be retained by the party lotteries.

(12) When there are no winning tickets issued for the prize pool described in paragraph (D)(9) of this rule, the directors shall carry the prize pool amount forward into the grand prize jackpot for the next consecutive drawing.

(13) When there are no winning tickets issued for the prize pool described in paragraph (D)(9) of this rule, the grand prize jackpot prize amount shall roll pari-mutuelly based on sales as set by the directors, however, the directors may establish a grand prize jackpot prize amount higher than that amount.

(14) As based on pool sales, should total prize liabilities for the prize levels described in paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(8) of this rule exceed the liability cap agreed upon by the directors, then that liability cap may be enforced for the payment of the prize awards set forth in paragraphs (D)(5) to (D)(8) of this rule. In the event the liability cap is exceeded, then the prizes set forth in paragraphs (D)(5) to (D)(8) of this rule shall be paid on a pari-mutuel rather than fixed prize basis, provided, however, that in no event shall the pari-mutuel prizes be greater than the applicable fixed prizes. The amount to be used for allocation of such pari-mutuel prizes shall be the liability cap less the amount paid for the grand prize jackpot and any of the four lowest tiered prizes as set forth in paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(4) of this rule. The Ohio director shall make the amount of the liability cap available to the public via the Ohio lottery website and any other means that the Ohio director deems appropriate. The amount of the liability cap will not be available until all sales have been reported by the party lotteries.

(15) In a single game number two hundred fifty drawing, a claimant may win in only one prize category per wager as a result of possessing winning numbers selected in either one or both fields of play, and shall be entitled only to the highest prize level won.

(16) For purposes of prize calculation with respect to any game number two hundred fifty pari-mutuel prize, the calculation shall be rounded down so that prizes shall be paid in multiples of one dollar.

(17) Subject to the laws and regulations governing each party lottery, the number of prize categories and the allocation of the prize fund among the prize categories may be changed at the discretion of the directors. Such change shall be announced by public notice.

(E) In addition to the game described in paragraphs (B) to (D) of this rule, a player shall have an option to play “The Kicker.” The Kicker is available only to “Mega Millions” players in Ohio, featuring a single six-digit computer-generated number from 000000 to 999999 printed on a “Mega Millions” ticket. If a player elects “The Kicker” option, the words “Kicker Yes” will be printed on the player’s ticket. If a player does not elect “The Kicker” option, the words “No Kicker” will be printed on the player’s ticket. “The Kicker” number will be printed on the player’s ticket if it is elected or not. However, the player may only win “The Kicker” if it is elected and the ticket reflects the “Kicker Yes” message.

(1) The cost of playing “The Kicker” is an extra dollar, in addition to placing at least a one dollar “Mega Millions” bet.

(2) A player shall win a prize award if two, three, four, five or six digits on a player’s ticket match in exact order “The Kicker” number drawn, and any such number shall be called a winning “Kicker” number. All “The Kicker” prizes shall be paid out in a lump sum. Any winning number of two, three, four, five or six digits shall match in exact order, starting with the first two digits and moving from left to right. Winning numbers will correspond to the letters in the word “Kicker” and prizes shall be awarded to holders of valid winning tickets as follows:

(a) For each ticket selecting the first two digits (k-i) matching exactly, a prize of ten dollars.

(b) For each ticket selecting the first three digits (k-i-c) matching exactly, a prize of one hundred dollars.

(c) For each ticket selecting the first four digits (k-i-c-k) matching exactly, a prize of one thousand dollars.

(d) For each ticket selecting the first five digits (k-i-c-k-e) matching exactly, a prize of five thousand dollars.

(e) For each ticket selecting all six digits (k-i-c-k-e-r) matching exactly, a prize of one hundred thousand dollars.

(F) Frequency and location of prize drawings. Drawings shall be held at such times and places determined by the directors.

(G) Manner of prize drawings.

(1) Prize drawings shall be open to the public and may be held at such places and times in any party lottery jurisdictions that the directors shall determine. The directors shall inform the public as to the time and place of each prize drawing.

(2) All holders of valid tickets for a given drawing are eligible to win in that drawing.

(3) All drawings in “Mega Millions” will be conducted randomly in accordance with procedures approved by the directors. For every drawing in “Mega Millions”, the directors will approve operating procedures and mechanical drawing devices to be used in the selection of winning numbers and the awarding of prizes.

(H) Validity of tickets.

(1) Each purchaser of tickets in game number two hundred fifty shall be responsible for verifying that the numbers imprinted on such tickets are those requested, that the purchase price paid is the price recorded on such ticket, and that such ticket has recorded thereon the type of wager(s) and the drawing date(s) therefor that the purchaser desired to make. The Ohio lottery commission shall be free of any liability in connection with this paragraph.

(2) Each ticket issued in game number two hundred fifty shall have imprinted thereon at the time of purchase a control number, bar code data, or both, supplied by the Ohio lottery commission. No prize shall be paid by the Ohio lottery commission for any tickets without such control number or bar code data. A valid winning ticket bearing matching player or on-line gaming system computer number selections and also containing a control number, bar code data, or both, supplied by the Ohio lottery commission, shall serve as the only valid proof of the wager placed and the only valid receipt for claiming or redeeming any prize. Each party lottery follows the same requirements set forth in this paragraph.

(3) As applicable to this rule, any and all game tickets, including “The Kicker” game tickets, may not be canceled.

(4) Valid winning game number two hundred fifty tickets must meet the following conditions:

(a) Validation data must be present in its entirety and must correspond, using the computer validation file, to the number selections printed on the ticket for the drawing date(s) printed on the ticket;

(b) The ticket must be intact;

(c) The ticket must not be mutilated, altered, reconstituted, or tampered with in any manner;

(d) The ticket must not be counterfeit or an exact duplicate of another winning ticket;

(e) The ticket must have been issued by an authorized Ohio lottery commission sales agent on official paper stock of the Ohio lottery commission;

(f) The ticket must not have been stolen;

(g) The ticket must be submitted for payment in accordance with the Ohio lottery commission’s validation and claiming procedures;

(h) The ticket data must have been recorded on the central computer system prior to the drawing and the ticket data must match this computer record in every respect (in the event of a contradiction between the information as printed on the ticket and as accepted by the Ohio lottery commission on-line gaming system, the wager accepted shall be the valid wager);

(i) The player or computer number selections, validation data and the drawing date(s) of an apparent winning ticket must appear on the official file of winning tickets, and a ticket with that exact data must not have been previously paid;

(j) The ticket must not be misregistered, defectively printed or printed or produced in error to an extent that it cannot be processed by the Ohio lottery commission;

(k) The ticket must pass all other confidential security checks of the Ohio lottery commission;

(l) In submitting an official game number two hundred fifty ticket for validation, the claimant agrees to abide by applicable laws, all rules and regulations of the Ohio lottery commission, and any instructions, conditions and final decisions of the Ohio director;

(m) There must not be any other breach of the rules described herein in relation to the ticket which, in the opinion of the Ohio director, justifies disqualification; and

(n) To be eligible for payment, all winning tickets must be presented for payment to the party lottery which issued it within the claiming period as established by that party lottery.

(5) All winning tickets in game number two hundred fifty are subject to validation by the on-line computer system under procedures established by the Ohio director before the payment of any prize.

(6) An official game number two hundred fifty ticket submitted for validation which fails any of the validation conditions as established in paragraph (H)(4) of this rule shall be considered void, subject to the following determination:

(a) In all cases of doubt, the determination of the Ohio director shall be final and binding. However, the Ohio director, at his/her option, may replace an invalid ticket with an official game number two hundred fifty ticket of equivalent sales price or a refund of the purchase price;

(b) In the event a defective ticket is purchased or in the event that the Ohio director determines to adjust an error, the sole and exclusive remedy shall be the replacement of such defective or erroneous ticket(s) with an official game number two hundred fifty ticket of equivalent sales price or a refund of the purchase price; and

(c) In the event an official game number two hundred fifty ticket is not paid by the Ohio lottery commission, and a dispute occurs as to whether the ticket is a valid winning ticket, the Ohio lottery commission may, at its option, replace the ticket or provide a refund of the purchase price.

(7) The Ohio lottery commission shall not be responsible for lost or stolen game number two hundred fifty tickets.

(8) The Ohio lottery commission shall not be responsible to any claimant and sales agent for game number two hundred fifty tickets redeemed in error by an Ohio lottery commission sales agent.

(9) Valid prize winners are determined by the numbers drawn and not the numbers reported. The Ohio lottery commission shall not be responsible for game number two hundred fifty winning numbers reported in error.

(10) In purchasing a ticket issued for game number two hundred fifty, the player agrees to comply with and be bound by all applicable statutes, administrative rules and regulations, and procedures of the Ohio lottery commission, and understands that the directives and determinations of the other party lotteries do not apply to game number two hundred fifty purchases in Ohio. The player agrees, as its sole and exclusive remedy, that claims arising out of any “Mega Millions” ticket purchase can be pursued only against the state or jurisdiction of ticket purchase. Therefore, litigation, if any, may only be maintained against the Ohio lottery commission in the appropriate forum for game number two hundred fifty tickets purchased at an authorized Ohio lottery sales agent location.

(11) For the purpose of determining the number of winning wagers, division of the grand prize jackpot is contingent on the on-line computer system’s determination of winning wagers sold, and not by the number of winning tickets presented for payment.

(I) Procedures for claiming and payment of prize awards.

(1) Effective upon determination of prize payouts, prizes shall be redeemed or claimed only in the jurisdiction where the official winning “Mega Millions” ticket was purchased. Claimants of prizes in “Mega Millions” must comply with the claiming periods or deadlines of the jurisdiction where the winning “Mega Millions” ticket was purchased. Claimants of game number two hundred fifty prizes for winning tickets purchased in Ohio must comply with the following terms and conditions:

(a) Prizes for game number two hundred fifty tickets purchased in Ohio may be redeemed or claimed only through Ohio lottery sales agents authorized to sell game number two hundred fifty tickets, or other authorized claim centers designated by the Ohio lottery commission;

(b) Claimants of winning game number two hundred fifty prizes for tickets purchased in Ohio must comply with the prize claim requirements of the Ohio lottery commission and the applicable claiming period of one hundred eighty days as set forth in division (A)(1) of section 3770.07 of the Revised Code;

(c) In the event a single game number two hundred fifty ticket purchased in Ohio contains two or more winning wagers, the cumulative prize amount shall be claimed or redeemed in accordance with the specified prize payment limits of the Ohio lottery commission;

(d) State and federal withholding taxes for winning tickets purchased in Ohio shall be withheld from game number two hundred fifty prizes awarded by the Ohio lottery commission in such amounts as may be required by law, along with any other deductions required by law; and

(e) Game number two hundred fifty prizes shall not be paid to any persons prohibited from playing by the governing law or rules of the Ohio lottery commission. In addition, “Mega Millions” tickets may not be purchased in any other party lottery jurisdictions by any party lottery board or commission member; or any officer or employee of a party lottery; or any spouse, child, brother, sister or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of residence of any such party lottery board member or commissioner, officer or employee.

(f) For winning official game number two hundred fifty tickets purchased in Ohio for which no claim or redemption is made within one hundred eighty days after the date of the drawing as required by the procedures set forth in Ohio lottery commission rules, the corresponding prize monies shall be returned to the Ohio lottery in accordance with procedures for the reconciliation of prize liability as may be agreed from time to time by the directors of the party lotteries. Such unclaimed prizes shall be paid into the state lottery fund and distributed in accordance with section 3770.06 of the Revised Code.

(J) Payment of the grand prize jackpot award.

(1) In accordance with the “Mega Millions” agreement, if the Ohio lottery commission sells a winning grand prize jackpot ticket, the party lotteries shall, through the “Mega Millions” clearinghouse, transfer to the Ohio lottery commission an amount equivalent to each party lottery’s share of the present value amount needed to fund payment of the grand prize jackpot over twenty-six years. The amount then transferred to the Ohio lottery deferred prizes trust fund shall be sufficient to supply investment principal for funding the twenty-six year, long-term prize obligation, less the amount determined to be payable to the prize winner as a first annual installment. This present value transfer is less than the advertised grand prize jackpot.

(2) If there is only one winning grand prize jackpot ticket, annual payments shall be paid in twenty-six annual installments by the party lottery which sold the winning ticket. If the Ohio lottery commission sells a winning grand prize jackpot ticket, and such winning ticket is presented for payment, the initial installment shall be paid upon completion of internal validation and claiming procedures as established by the Ohio lottery commission. The first installment payment shall not be less than the twenty-five subsequent annual installment payments. The subsequent twenty-five equal installments shall be paid annually to coincide with the month in which the original investment occurred. If there is more than one winning grand prize jackpot ticket, then the annual payments shall be paid in accordance with the “Mega Millions” agreement.

(3) Upon completion of internal validation and claiming procedures established by the Ohio lottery commission, at the time a valid claim is presented for payment of the grand prize jackpot, the estimated cash option prize amount along with the amount of appropriately withheld state and federal income taxes shall be disclosed in writing to the prize winner. Commencing with the date of presentment of a valid winning grand prize jackpot ticket to the Ohio lottery commission, and for sixty calendar days thereafter, claimants may choose the cash option instead of annual installments. Claimants who choose the cash option will receive the discounted present cash value of the grand prize jackpot in an amount equal to the full proceeds generated by the sale of the investments acquired by the Ohio lottery commission to fund the twenty-six year annual installment payment stream as set forth in paragraph (J)(1) of this rule, less the appropriately withheld state and federal income taxes and any other deductions required by law. Notice of the cash option selection must be received by the Ohio lottery commission or post office stamped by the end of the sixty calendar day deadline. Such option, once chosen, may not be revoked. If no selection is made during the allowed time period, the prize winner shall automatically be paid in twenty-six annual installments as provided for herein. No payment will be issued during the period prior to selection.

(4) As set forth in Paragraphs (J)(1) to (J)(3) of this rule, a single winning game number two hundred fifty grand prize jackpot ticket may be paid in either twenty-six annual installments or in one lump sum, cash option payment. However, prize winners who claim a joint prize from a single winning ticket will all receive prize payments in either annual installments or in a lump sum payment. Prize winners who claim a joint prize from a single winning ticket may not opt to receive different forms of payment.

(K) Net proceeds to lottery profits education fund. The entire net proceeds from the sale of game number two hundred fifty in Ohio that remain after associated operating expenses, prize disbursements, lottery sales agent bonuses, commissions, and reimbursements, and any other expenses necessary to comply with the agreements among the party lotteries or these rules are deducted from the gross proceeds of game number two hundred fifty, shall be transferred to the lottery profits education fund as required under division (B) of section 3770.06 of the Revised Code.

(L) Director’s conduct of game number two hundred fifty.

(1) The Ohio director shall conduct game number two hundred fifty in a manner consistent with the Ohio Lottery Act, the rules of the Ohio lottery commission, including without limitation this rule, and the regulations of the Ohio director. As deemed necessary or advisable, the Ohio director shall adopt management regulations, orders or directives to implement and operate this Ohio lottery game.

(2) Names and definitions of elements of game number two hundred fifty used in this rule are considered generic terms used solely for the purpose of this rule.

(3) Should the Ohio director determine that drawings conducted pursuant to game number two hundred fifty are to be discontinued, such discontinuation must occur at the end of a jackpot sequence. Should the directors determine that “Mega Millions” shall be discontinued and replaced by a modified version of “Mega Millions” or another joint lotto game with a grand prize jackpot agreed to by the party lotteries, then the directors shall have the discretion to transfer any existing funds from the “Mega Millions” grand prize jackpot that was not won before such drawings were discontinued, to such new joint lotto game.

(4) The directors shall have discretion to authorize any funding mechanism deemed necessary to accomplish payment of any prize pool. The directors may collectively authorize sale of “Mega Millions” tickets at a discount for promotional purposes. In addition, the Ohio director may authorize sale of game number two hundred fifty tickets at a discount for promotional purposes within the state of Ohio, provided that such discounted sales are reported to the other party lotteries at full gross sales value.

(5) In the event of any conflict between general “Mega Millions” rules and the statutes, rules or regulations of the Ohio lottery commission, the Ohio lottery commission statutes, rules and regulations shall control.

(6) All decisions made by the Ohio director with respect to the play of game number two hundred fifty in Ohio, including the declaration of prizes and the payment thereof and the interpretation of Ohio lottery commission rules, shall be final and binding on all purchasers and on every person making a claim in respect thereof.

Effective: 06/08/2007
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