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The Ohio Lottery remains operational during the COVID-19 outbreak, however, there have been changes to our business practices to comply with Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-01D and to help ensure the safety of Ohio citizens.


Lottery Retailer Closures

Many Ohio Lottery Retailers remain open, but they are private businesses and may limit hours of operation at any time.  

All Racinos are closed temporarily to comply with the Governor’s State of Emergency Order, which bans gatherings of 50 or more people.  

All of Ohio’s bars and restaurants have been limited to offering only take-out and delivery options, which has caused many of them to temporarily close as well.

Lottery Regional Office Closures

Lottery Regional Office Closures. All of our Ohio Lottery Regional Offices are closed until further notice.  When they re-open, claims may also be submitted in person at any of those locations.


 

180-Day Validation

180-day validation. Normally, players have 180 days from the drawing date for draw games, and 180 days from the game closing date for scratch-offs, to claim their winnings.  In light of Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Acton’s “Stay at Home” Order, we have adjusted our game validations schedule to keep our players and retailers safe.  

If you have a winning ticket that expires during the Governor’s State of Emergency Order, the Ohio Lottery will validate and pay the prize as long as you submit your claim by mail, or in-person at any Ohio Lottery Regional Office, no later than 30 days after Ohio’s State of Emergency Order has been lifted.  Claims can be mailed to:

Ohio Lottery Commission
The Lausche Building – Room 452
615 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

How to Claim

How to Claim. During the Governor’s State of Emergency Order, we encourage winners to submit claims by mail.   Click here for more Information about claiming by mail.  Winning claims up to $599 can also be cashed at any Ohio Lottery retailer.  Winning tickets with prizes of $600 or more should be signed and safely secured until prizes are able to be claimed.  

You can also cash winning tickets between $50 and $5,000 by using our mobile cashing feature in the Ohio Lottery app. Click here to learn more.

Normally, players have 180 days from the drawing date for draw games, and 180 days from the game closing date for scratch-offs, to claim their winnings.  In light of Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Acton’s “Stay at Home” Order, we have adjusted our game validations schedule to keep our players and retailers safe.  

If you have a winning ticket that expires during the Governor’s State of Emergency Order, the Ohio Lottery will validate and pay the prize as long as you submit your claim by mail, or in-person at any Ohio Lottery Regional Office, no later than 30 days after Ohio’s State of Emergency Order has been lifted.  Claims can be mailed to:

Ohio Lottery Commission
The Lausche Building – Room 452
615 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

Cash Explosion

Due to concerns over COVID-19, Ohio Lottery has suspended Cash Explosion drawings and contestant selection until further notice. You may enter your ticket and receive 5 points for your inconvenience, but hold on to your ENTRY tickets as they may be entered once contestant drawings are reopened.  Entry tickets submitted between March 20th and March 26th were entered in a contestant draw and will be announced during the April 4th show. All Entry tickets submitted prior to March 27th have been announced.  Check in regularly at www.cashexplosionshow.com, our Facebook or Instagram pages for the latest drawing information and updates.

Can I still enter my entry ticket online?

No, Cash Explosion drawings are postponed until further notice. Please hold on to your ENTRY, ENTRY, ENTRY tickets until drawings reopen.

Can I still mail my tickets to the Game Show P.O. Box?

Yes, Entry tickets received by mail but will be held in a secure area until drawings reopen. However, we recommend that you hold on to all tickets until drawings reopen.

Where can I find help and updates?

For general questions regarding Cash Explosion information or updates, please contact the Game Show Bureau at 216-774-5687 or check www.cashexplosionshow.com.

What happens to entry tickets I have already entered?

Entry tickets received after March 26, 2020 will be held until drawings reopen. Please check CashExplosionShow.com, Facebook and Instagram for drawing updates.

Powerball Jackpot Changes

Following the April 8 drawing, guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases will be eliminated, and future jackpot increases will be determined and announced by the Product Group prior to each drawing. Previously, Powerball® jackpots started at $40 million (annuity) and increased by a minimum of $10 million (annuity) between drawings.

Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, Powerball® is taking steps to ensure the game continues to support good causes in all 48 U.S. lottery jurisdictions.
 

What about the previously announced changes? Will they still happen if the jackpot is won?
If the Powerball jackpot is won Saturday night, it will reset to a guaranteed $20 million for the April 8 drawing and continue to grow based off sales and interest rates.

For all jackpot wins after the April 8 drawing, the starting jackpot will be determined by the Product Group and announced prior to each drawing. For all drawings after April 8, the Product Group will announce the growth between drawings prior to each drawing.

Is this change permanent?
A collective group of 38 U.S. lotteries, known as the Powerball Product Group, will determine how long this change will last.

Does this change apply to any other lottery draw games?
No. This change only applies to Powerball.

Is it possible for the Powerball jackpot to increase by more than $2 million between drawings?
Yes. If stronger ticket sales and higher interest rates support a higher advertised jackpot, then the Powerball jackpot will increase by more than $2 million between drawings. 

Are there plans to change the $2 ticket price, set cash prizes, or game odds?
No. The elimination of minimum jackpot increases and guaranteed starting jackpot amount will not alter Powerball’s $2 ticket price, set cash prizes, or game odds.

About POWERBALL

It's America's Game! Since 1992, POWERBALL® has inspired the country with a chance to become a millionaire, while raising nearly $22 billion for good causes supported by lotteries. Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016. The record prize was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are broadcast live every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. More than half of all proceeds from the sale of a Powerball ticket remain in the jurisdiction where the ticket was sold.

Powerball jackpots start at $20 million and increase by a minimum of $2 million per draw until the jackpot is won. Players select five numbers from 1 to 69; and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times with the Power Play® option for an additional $1 per play. NOTE: The Match 5 + Power Play prize is always $2 million. The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less.

Powerball jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment. Both advertised prize options are prior to federal and jurisdictional taxes.

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

Mega Millions Jackpot Changes

After the next Mega Millions jackpot is won, future starting jackpots and minimum jackpot rolls will be determined based on sales. All jackpots will be announced prior to the drawings. Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, Mega Millions is taking steps to ensure the game continues to support good causes in of its jurisdictions.

When will these changes take place? 

The changes take effect after the current Mega Millions jackpot is won.

Why is the change happening?

Many states that sell Mega Millions tickets are currently under stay-at-home recommendations or orders from their governors, which have altered the typical sales patterns of many products, including lottery tickets. The jackpot amount is based on sales and interest rates, and the adjustments will help to ensure that states and jurisdictions can continue to generate much-needed revenue to support their good causes. 

Will we know exactly what the jackpot is prior to every drawing? 

Advertised jackpot values are estimates, based on projected sales. Differences between the advertised estimates and final amounts may occur because a substantial percentage of sales happen on the drawing dates. 

Are these changes permanent? 

Mega Millions is operated by a consortium of 10 state lottery directors who will determine how long the changes stay in place. We hope they will be temporary.

How do states and jurisdictions benefit from selling Mega Millions tickets?

More than half of the sale price of each ticket remains in the state/jurisdiction where the ticket is sold. Some of it is used for player prizes and retailer commissions. But most of it goes to lottery beneficiaries, which are determined by legislators in each state. Many state lotteries benefit public education, but some states dedicate lottery profits to other good causes.

About Mega Millions

  • Tickets are available in 45 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The only U.S. states where they are not available are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
  • Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Tuesday and Friday nights in Atlanta. 
  • Tickets are $2. The Megaplier option costs an additional $1. Winning tickets with the Megaplier will have any prize multiplied except for the jackpot. 
  • How to Play: Players select five numbers from 1 to 70; and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. There are nine prize tiers, ranging from $2 to the jackpot.
  • Odds of winning any prize: 1 in 24. Odds of winning the jackpot: 1 in 303 million.
  • Jackpot winners may choose the cash option or the annuitized prize, which is paid in annual installments that increase by 5% per year for 29 years. 

MyLotto Rewards® Catalog

Attention MyLotto Rewards Users

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, we are temporarily suspending all catalog items – other than physical and digital gift cards, because of complications with product availability and shipping. We will return these items to the catalog as soon as product availability and shipping processes are restored.

 

Racino Announcements

  1. All Racinos are closed temporarily to comply with the Governor’s State of Emergency Order, which bans gatherings of 50 or more people.
  2. Video Lottery customers will be able to redeem expired TITOs at the issuing Racino after they resume business.