The Ohio Lottery Countdown Series FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT ARE EZPLAY® COUNTDOWN SERIES GAMES?

The EZPLAY® Countdown Series Games are exciting new games that have been created as “neighborhood” games.  The Ohio Lottery has identified only Retailers with a Multi-Play Station (MP) to offer these games. These Retailers have been assigned to a “Group.” Each group will have its own game pools, which will run independently of every other group. For example, if there are 3 games in each group and 100 groups, there will be 300 games running simultaneously.  When someone in that group wins a top prize, we reset the game and the ticket quantities, and then we begin the count down again!

HOW MANY EZPLAY® COUNTDOWN SERIES GAMES ARE THERE AND TICKETS IN EACH POOL?

There are 3 EZPLAY® Countdown Series games. The games are $1 Gems and have a pool of 500 tickets, $1 Classic Spins has a pool of 1,000 tickets and $2 Three of a Kind has a pool of 1,500 tickets.

WHAT IS A GROUP?

Retailers with an MP in a neighborhood or geographic proximity. Each group will have their own game pools, which will run independently of other groups.

HOW DO I KNOW WHO IS IN MY GROUP?

Group information is available on the MP under the “EZPLAY® Countdown Series” button. The MP Retailers in each group are also available through the Ohio Lottery mobile app and at Countdown Groups.

HOW DO I WIN A PRIZE?

Match the prize symbols shown on each ticket to win that prize.

HOW CAN I CHECK MY TICKET TO SEE IF IT IS A WINNER?

If you have won an EZPLAY® Countdown Series top prize, a message will print on the bottom of your ticket that says, “CONGRATULATIONS, WINNER!” You can also use the ticket checker or mobile app to see if you have won a prize.

WHERE CAN I SEE  THE NUMBER OF TICKETS REMAINING FOR EACH GAME IN MY GROUP?

In MP retail locations, you can see the number of tickets remaining by game on the bottom of each of the EZPLAY® Countdown Series game tickets, on the Player Advertising Displays (PADs), on the top of the MPs and under the EZPLAY® game selection screen. 

CAN I TRACK THE NUMBER OF TICKETS REMAINING FOR EACH GAME IN MY GROUP?

The easiest way to track the number of tickets remaining is with the official Ohio Lottery app, available for both iPhones and Android devices. Just click on “EZPLAY® Countdown Series” on the app’s home page and enter the group number or name of the location that you would like to track.

HOW SOON WILL THE NUMBER OF TICKETS REMAINING BE UPDATED?

Ticket counts will be updated every 2 minutes.

WHEN CAN I PLAY?

EZPLAY® Countdown Series games can be purchased 24 hours a day depending on individual location business hours

WILL ALL RETAILERS BE ABLE TO SELL THE EZPLAY® COUNTDOWN SERIES GAMES?

No, the EZPLAY® Countdown Series Games are designed to be sold through a Multi-Play Station (MP) terminal only.  Therefore, only Ohio Lottery Retailers that have an MP will be able to sell these games.

CAN EZPLAY® COUNTDOWN SERIES GAMES TICKETS BE CANCELLED?

No.

CAN I PLACE A MULTI-DRAW WAGER ON THESE GAMES?

No, multi-draw wagers cannot be placed.

WHAT ABOUT PLAY IT AGAIN?

The Play It Again feature is not available on these games.

HOW DO I CLAIM MY PRIZE?

  • You need the original winning ticket to claim your prize.
  • Up to $599 - Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validations and immediate prize payment.
  • $600 to $5,000 - Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery retailer for validation and receive a Pay-to-Bearer receipt and a Claim form for check processing OR present the Pay-to-Bearer receipt and completed claim form to an authorized bank cashing location and receive payment the same day.
  • Over $5,000 - Present your ticket to an Ohio Lottery office for validation and check processing.
  • You must validate and cash your winning tickets within 180 days of the drawing date. 



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