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Powerball On The Rise!

St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but there’s a still a chance for you to win some extra green! This Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $550 million, the 8th largest Powerball jackpot!

The winner can choose to receive the $550 million jackpot in annuity payments or take the lump sum cash option of $335 million before taxes.  

Now is your chance to win the first Powerball jackpot of 2019, and all it takes is $2! Stop by any Ohio Lottery retailer and choose your five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. You can also use the Quick Pick feature to choose your numbers. Add the Power Play option for $1 to multiply your prize!

This Wednesday could be your lucky day!

Click here to learn more about Powerball.
 
Posted: 3/18/2019 6:00:00 PM


February Partners in Education Winners

We love celebrating Ohio’s amazing students and teachers! Check out our February Partners in Education Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month!

Our first February Academic All Star is Alyssa Julian. Alyssa is a seventh-grader at Edison Middle School. She is described by teachers as organized, driven, and self-motivated. Alyssa is a member of choir, Power of the Pen, French Club, and on the Honor Roll. Mrs. Drumm nominated Alyssa, and she said, “She puts forth her best effort into every task and challenge given to her. We are proud to have her as a student at Edison Middle School!”

Christine Rutkowski is our next Academic All Star. Christine is a Senior at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. She is a member of her school’s Youth and Government Club and the dance team. She is described as hard working, professional, and creative. Mr. Brennan nominated Christine and said, “Christine is truly among the top student leaders in our school. […] she has been a positive influence on our entire student body and institution.”

Our next Academic All Star is Benjamin Schommer. Benjamin is an eighth-grader at Milton-Union Middle School. Teachers say they have seen a large amount of academic and social growth from the last school year to the present. Ms. Farrier nominated Benjamin and said, “Ben is much more engaged in class conversations and always willing to help his peers when needed.”

Our first Teacher of the Month is Michele Holzschu. Mrs. Holzschu teaches music at Morrison-Gordon Elementary School. In her classroom, students have the opportunity to learn songs to sing as well as how to play instruments. The parents who nominated Mrs. Holzschu say, “She does such a wonderful job with the students and makes sure they truly enjoy the music. She is such an asset to the school.”

Matt Kramer is our next Teacher of the Month. Mr. Kramer teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Liberty Union-Thurston High School; he also coaches boys Varsity Basketball. Mr. Kramer is described as someone who goes above and beyond for his students both inside and out of the classroom. Cortni Brunty is a parent who nominated Mr. Kramer, and she said that her daughter raves about Mr. Kramer’s class.

Leah Sheldon is also a February Teacher of the Month. She teaches Instrumental Music for grades 5-12 at Wickliffe Middle School and Wickliffe High School. Mrs. Sheldon is described as a strong, caring person who is also talented, creative, encouraging, and dedicated. Mrs. Graves nominated Mrs. Sheldon and says that she is a great asset to the school’s music program. Mrs. Graves also said, “Mrs. Sheldon continually challenges her students to become better musicians through practice, playing quizzes, instrumental maintenance, and special help after school. [She] is the kind of person that always adds a little something extra to class.”

Congratulations to all of our February Partners in Education recipients! Keep up the amazing work!

You can nominate an outstanding student or teacher for Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month by Clicking Here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
 
Posted: 3/18/2019 3:30:00 PM


Feeling Lucky on Winner Wednesday

St. Patrick’s is a few days away, and these Ohio Lottery players are already feeling lucky. Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

William Moore of Sandusky had an explosive win this week! He won $20,000 playing scratch off $100 Million Money Explosion.

Robert Hodge of Youngstown had a big KENO win this week! He won $100,009 playing the draw game. Robert purchased his winning ticket at Gastown #3542 in Youngstown.

Brain Clanin of Grove City had a top prize win this week! He won the top prize of $500,000 on scratch off $500,000 Cashword.

Terry Lowry of Lore City will be having a fiesta after winning $8,000 playing EZPLAY Touch & Win game Fiesta Bingo! The winning ticket was purchased at VFW #7371 Old Stoners Post, located at 61771 Primrose Lane in Kipling.

Camille Matzelle of North Olmstead is another big winner! She won #15,000 playing new scratch off Decade of Dollars.

A Greenville resident is having a spectacular week after a big win! Tracy Blackburn won $10,000 playing scratch off $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular.

Dwaine Stigall of Nova kicked off his week with a big win! He won $100,000 playing draw game Classic Lotto.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio!
 
Posted: 3/13/2019 11:00:00 AM


Winner Wednesday

A new month is here, and these Ohio Lottery players welcomed March with some big wins! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Kevin Szeszol of Lorain hit the gas and raced his way to a big win! He won $50,000 playing $30 scratch off Fastest Road to $1 Million.

Larry Wallace is from Milton, WV and likes to play Mega Millions when he rides through Ohio, and it paid off! He won $10,006 on the draw game! Larry purchased his winning ticket at Speedway #9286, located at 119 State St. in Proctorville. He plays Mega Millions in Ohio weekly, and he really likes that the Lottery sales support education in Ohio.

Cleveland resident Anissa Brooks had a big win this week! She won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing $30 scratch off Max the Money.

Darrin Dubena of North Ridgeville is celebrating a blowout win this week! He won $10,000 playing $20 scratch off Ohio Cash Blowout.

Harold McFann of Ironton had an extreme win this week! He won $10,000 playing $30 scratch off Extreme Millions.

Melinda Oney got a strike this week! She won $10,913 playing Touch & Win game Lucky Bowling: Ten Pins to Win.

Angelia Foster of Solon rolled her way to a big this week! She won $110,000 playing daily draw game Rolling Cash 5.

Mitchell Sartoski, Jr. of Wakeman loves winning big! He won the top prize of $20,000 playing scratch off I Love Cash.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio!
 
Posted: 3/6/2019 11:00:00 AM


Get Ready for Keno Mania

Suit up for the Keno Mania Free Three promotion as you enjoy college basketball tournament play.   Customers who make a $20 single-ticket Keno purchase receive a free, $1, 3-spot play good for three consecutive drawings on select tournament game days.

The promotion opens Thursday, March 21, and runs from noon to midnight on the following tournament game days:

March 21-24
March 28-31
April 6 & 8

Gather your friends and find a spot at your favorite Keno retailer today.
Posted: 3/4/2019 10:33:37 AM


March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Playing lottery games is meant to be fun. And while most of the population gambles responsibly, there is a small percentage of people who struggle with gambling addiction.

Every March the Ohio Lottery recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month to remind players to play responsibly and to offer resources to help anyone who may be struggling with gambling addiction.

Tips to help you gamble responsibly include:
  • Setting limits on how much time and money you will spend gambling
  • Never borrow or use credit to gamble
  • Paying your bills first and spending only what you can afford to lose
  • Gambling for fun, not to solve financial problems or avoid depression
Anyone who gambles can develop a problem. If you have a gambling problem or suspect a loved one has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966. To text with someone, text “4hope” to 741741.

You can also get more information and access to help by visiting https://www.problemgamblingohio.org/.


 
Posted: 2/28/2019 2:17:08 PM


Ending February with Winner Wednesday

We’re closing out the month of February with some awesome winner stories! Keep reading for this week’s Winner Wednesday stories!

Lyle Smith of Norwalk had a mega win this week! He won $10,000 playing draw game Mega Millions.

Jeffrey Morehart of Lorain had a big jackpot win! He won $10,102 playing EZPLAY Progressive Jackpot game Quick Spot.

Michael Crosser of Lisbon celebrated a blowout win this week! He won the top prize of $200,000 a year for 25 years playing instant game Ohio Cash Blowout! Michael purchased his winning ticket at Village Plaza Sparkle, located at 3623 S. Meridian Rd. in Youngstown.

Michael Elliott of Sandusky raced to a big win! He won $10,000 playing instant game Fastest Road to $1 Million.

John Browning of Wheelersburg took his shot and won big! He won the top prize of $30,000 playing instant game Skee-Ball.

Michael Osbuszt of Avon is another big winner this week! He won $10,000 playing instant game $500,000 Cashword!

Monte Robinson of Powell is celebrating a rocking win this week! He won $16,906 playing EZPLAY Progressive Jackpot game Rock’n 777s. This win is especially exciting for Monte because back in January he won $4,000 playing the exact same game! Monte purchased his winning ticket at Peoples News and Bookmart in Belpre, where he frequently visits when he’s in Belpre to care for his parents.

The GJM Trust claimed the $3,000,000 Mega Millions prize from the November 13, 2018 drawing.

The ALGJ Trust claimed the top prize win of $40,000 a year for 25 years on Fastest Road to $1 Million.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see else is winning in Ohio!  
 
Posted: 2/27/2019 12:15:00 PM


Winner Wednesday

There are just eight days left of February, and these Ohio Lottery players are closing out the month with big wins! Keep reading to see who’s winning in this week’s Winner Wednesday.

Ancil Cross of Jackson is an extreme winner! Ancil won $10,000 playing $30 instant game Extreme Millions.

Brian Tkacz of Medina rolled right to the bank after his big win! He won $150,000 playing daily draw game Rolling Cash 5.

Jessica Diaz of Lorain found a golden ticket! She won $20,000 playing $20 instant game Willy Wonka Golden Ticket.

Gary Taylor of Oberlin celebrated an extravagant win this week! He won $10,000 playing instant game $100 Million Cash Extravaganza.

Gloria Morin of Lorain is a top prize winner this week! She won the top prize of $300,000 playing instant game $300,000 Diamond Dollars.

Richard Metera of Elyria is celebrating an explosive win this week! He won $10,000 playing $20 instant game $100 Million Money Explosion.

The Mahoning/Trumbull Trust claimed the $608,474 Match Frenzy jackpot.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio!

 
Posted: 2/20/2019 11:00:00 AM


January Partners in Education Winners

Winter finally came to Ohio in January, but these students and teachers didn’t let cold weather slow them down! Check out our January Partners in Education Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month.

Our first Academic All Star is Clayten Blair. Clayten is in the second grade at Hamilton Elementary School. He is described as “a respectful, caring young man”. Mrs. Gibson, who nominated Clayten, notes that he is always considerate of other students and staff. She says, “He has the best manners of any second-grade student I’ve had. His respectful attitude wears off on those around him making our classroom a better place to be every day!”

Our next Academic All Star is Sam Early. Sam is a Junior at East Palestine High School. He is described as a “great young man who committed to the arts and his academics”. Sam is a merit roll student with good attendance and behavior. He is very involved in East Palestine High School’s drama department as well as the Youngstown Playhouse Theatre and Pierce Opera House.

Katelyn Thomas is our next Academic All Star. Katelyn is in the seventh grade at Edison Middle School. Nominator, Mrs. Blend, says, “Katelyn demonstrates excellent academic habits in the classroom.” She is described as a positive role model and hard worker. Katelyn is a member of student council, the volleyball team, and the ski club. She is also very active in her community; she volunteers to serve dinners to those in need.

Our next Academic All Star is Austin Haacke. Austin is in the eleventh grade at Langsford Learning Center. He is described as respectful and a role model for the younger students. Teachers say, “We are proud of all he has accomplished and […] we encourage him to keep setting goals and working hard to achieve them.”

Kaitlyn Holop is our fifth Academic All Star. Kaitlyn is in the eleventh grade at Brunswick High School. She is very active in her school and community. She is a member of the varsity tennis team, the high school choir, and a hip-hop dance group. She is a tutor and volunteers at the library. Kaitlyn is a leader on the tennis team and is very committed to her sport.

Our first Teacher of the Month is Deborah Madsen. Ms. Madsen teaches tenth grade English along with ACT Prep for all grades at East Palestine High School. In the evenings, Ms. Madsen also teaches a college course at Kent State University. Fellow teachers say this about Ms. Madsen: “Her dedication to supporting students is commendable. She gives her time freely to assist students with their academics and future goals. Ms. Madsen enjoys helping all students find their strengths to better themselves.”

Our second Teacher of the Month is Rebecca Telischak. Mrs. Telischak teaches twelfth grade English at Mentor High School. Mr. Adam Dudziak nominated Mrs. Telischak “because she exemplifies what it means to advocate for students at all times”. She is very actively involved inside and outside of the classroom, and she is described as an effective and outstanding teacher. Mr. Dudziak says, “I know for a fact she is changing the lives of every student she encounters, and our students regularly confirm this.”

Jamie Windle is our next Teacher of the Month. Ms. Windle teaches third grade at Hamilton Elementary School. She is described as a team player and an asset to her school. Fellow third grade teacher, Mrs. Starkey, says, “She is always on board to do what is best for the students. She is positive and helps create a warm and friendly culture in our building. She is huge part of the Special Events committee and gives her time without ever needing recognition.”

Our next Teacher of the Month is Joseph Yuska. Mr. Yuska teaches Biology for grades 9-12 at Strongsville High School. Mr. Yuska is a Science teacher, but Ms. Ann Walz says that he “is willing to step in and help all the students; he has helped with Math, English, and Social Studies”. Mr. Yuska is described as “invaluable” to students and other teachers. “The students don’t hesitate to ask Mr. Yuska for help.”

Congratulations to all of our January Partners in Education recipients! Keep up the amazing work!

You can nominate an outstanding student or teacher for Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month by Clicking Here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
 
Posted: 2/15/2019 10:00:00 AM


We Love Winner Wednesday

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re celebrating by doing something we love – sharing winner stories! Keep reading to see who’s winning in this week’s Winner Wednesday.

Natasha Dodridge of Minford raced her way to a big win! She won $10,000 playing instant game Fastest Road to $1 Million!

Rudolph Toth of Elyria also won big on Fastest Road to $1 Million this week! He won $10,000 playing the $30 instant game.

Matthew Obsuszt of Avon had an extravagant win this week! He won $10,000 on instant game $100 Million Cash Extravaganza.

Michael Kent of Canton loves cash! He won the top prize of $20,000 playing instant game I Love Cash! Michael purchased his winning ticket at Bell Store #122, located at 3812 Cleveland Avenue NW in Canton.

Kevin Szeszol of Lorain had a big win this week! He won $10,000 on instant game $100 Million Money Explosion.

Jo Ann Nedwick of Avon hit the jackpot! She won $10,000 playing instant game $5 Million Jackpot.
The Gallon of Milk Trust claimed the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years on instant game Extreme Millions.

The Relief Blind Trust claimed the top prize of $2.5 million on instant game $100 Million Money Explosion.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio!
 
Posted: 2/13/2019 11:00:00 AM