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Get Ready! New Scratch-Offs Coming Soon!

Get ready! New Ohio Lottery Scratch-Offs are set to hit the streets on July 27!

Beginner’s Luck is a $1 scratch-off with a top prize of $1,000. It channels all the lucky symbols you can think of to help you win!  Just reveal three identical prize amounts and win that prize. Reveal two identical prize amounts plus a CLOVER symbol and win DOUBLE that prize automatically!

Normally, you need a couple of friends to play rock, paper, scissors, but we’re bringing the fun to you in a scratch-off, no other players required. The $2 scratch-off Rock, Paper, Scissors has a top prize of $10,000! We bet you never won that kind of prize in a rock, paper, scissors battle before!

Get the $5 Cash Multiplier scratch-off for a shot at the game’s $150,000 top prize.

Your friends will call you moneybags if you win the top prize on the $10 scratch-off Moneybag Multiplier. This game has a top prize of $500,000.

The newest $20 scratch-off, $300 Million Diamond Dazzler has a top prize of $2 million. Find a diamond symbol to win the prize shown automatically, or the double diamond to win double the prize. If you reveal a triple diamond, you win all 25 prizes on the ticket!

Mark your calendar! These games will be released July 27.
 
Posted: 7/22/2021 1:15:46 PM


May's Partners in Education Winners

Schools started to wrap up their year in May, but it didn’t stop the Ohio Lottery from honoring their Partners in Education Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month. Congratulations to our May winners! 

First up we have our Teacher of the Month Winners.

Tiana Banks is a kindergarten teacher at Caledonia Elementary.  She is described as going above and beyond regarding her job. Administrator Felicia Curtain says, “She completes additional tasks like creating high level progress checks for her kindergarten team.”  She is described as an “awesome teacher” and she strives to make sure every student in her class feels loved and able to perform at high levels of achievement.

Sara Olding is a History teacher at Sidney High School.  She is described as a teacher who goes the extra mile to help her students do well and excel.  She is described as “compassionate, hardworking, ambitious and dedicated to her profession,” says Linda Meininger, a member on the Board of Education. 

Angel Perry is an English teacher at Paulding High School who is a positive influence towards her students. Administrator Todd Harmon says, “Her ability to think outside the box has allowed education methodology that engages students and challenges their thinking which in turn, develops better writing.”  The classroom is a warm environment and she allows students to walk into the classroom playing music of their choice before class gets started.  According to Principal Harmon, “She is a mentor and outstanding teacher; she can be counted on to help in leadership capacities to improve the school and the goals to help all students.”

Mary Rose Lierman is a sixth grade Intervention Specialist at Delhi Middle School.  Kelsey McClanahan, a peer teacher, says, “Mary Rose is pure sunshine in human form.  No matter the day, hour, circumstance, or situation, she is always positive.”  She is incredibly considerate and is always willing to help her coworkers.
 
Hannah Wheeler is a high school Science teacher at Adena High School.  “Each day, Miss Wheeler enters the room with a very positive and energetic spirit,” says peer teacher Tara Mess.  With COVID 19 the classroom looked much different, and Miss Wheeler took on the challenge of being both a classroom and virtual teacher.  She used technology to keep the kids engaged.  She provides hands on experience for them to learn and is always willing to help students when they need it.
 
Becky Hall is a teacher at River High School. She enjoys teaching English.  She is a veteran teacher who brings “passion and an impeccable work ethic" to the classroom.   According to Principal Ed Trifonoff, “The true beneficiaries of her passion and work ethic are the students she encounters in her classroom on a daily basis.  Her knowledge and dedication to the teaching profession prepares her students for post-secondary education.”

Martha Gale is a first- grade teacher at South Elementary School.  Mrs. Gale is described as a team player and a veteran in the building.  She is described as a “phenomenal” teacher who is both kind and generous.  She takes “genuine pleasure in her students’ growth”.  Administrator Shannon Kriegmont writes that, “There is joy in her classroom and that, maybe now more than ever, is worth rewarding.” 

Next up is Jessica Maholm who is a kindergarten teacher at Midvale Elementary.  “She smiles, she laughs, and uses words of encouragement with her students like” kiss your brain”.   She really wants to see her students be successful academically, socially and emotionally, and it’s exciting to watch her bring up these young minds,” says administrator Ryan Wells.  Miss Maholm challenges her students where they are in their learning and she helps them become successful within the classroom.   

John Gerber is a high school Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Citizen Science Research teacher at Perkins High School. Peer teacher Ashlie Gowitzka says, “John is the backbone of Perkins High School.  He does so much more behind the scenes than most realize and is a tremendous help to all teachers of all subject areas.  He has also designed rigorous courses that push our students to be the best that they can be!  He has integrated hands on labs throughout each unit, as well as field experiences for the classes that they are appropriate for.  He helped design and implement the Academy Experience Program which gets work experience for students in their fields of interest. 

Academic All Star Taylor Daisher is a student at Brecksville Broadview Heights High School that teacher Sean Brennan is proud of.  Brennan says, “Her resiliency was shown in her positive attitude and improved grades,” through the school year.  Navigating through the challenges of COVID was not always easy, but she was able to shine during this time.

Academic All Star Elizabeth Wolaver is a first grader at Emerson Elementary.  She is described as helpful and well behaved in class.  She is a “wonderful pack leader” and is a good example for her peers.

Academic All Star Nevaeh Wojnowski is described as an “exceptional student” who has been able to hold a 4.0 or above. She is proud of her education and does her best in school. Nevaeh is a 10th grade student at Northwood High School.  She is well respected and liked by her peers and teachers.  She volunteers in the community and is a member of the National Honor Society and plays Varsity soccer.  She is a well-rounded student who tries hard both in and out of the classroom.


Academic All Star Jal Shah is known as a hardworking student who attends Delshire Elementary.  In third grade she went above and beyond what was asked of her.  She is focused and is respectful to everyone she encounters.  She is described as a “pleasure” to have in class and is someone who gives 100 percent in all she sets out to do.  She goes the extra mile to complete the extra practice work and is committed to her studies.  She is confident, hard-working and intelligent.

Academic All Star Kamryn Ohly recently graduated from Perkins High School.  She ranked 1st in her class and was a member of the Academic Challenge team, Robotics Club and an officer for the National Honor Society.  Kamyrn has been a member of the Academy Experience for two years and this has allowed her to code with NASA and work with Sierra Lobo.  She ran a coding club in the middle school and was a leader in her community and classroom.

Academic All Star Kathryn Lively graduated from River High school.  She participated in many extra- curricular activities including the River High School Marching Band.  She is a remarkable student who is described as a model student for her peers. 

Eighth grader Joel Munoz Gomez is goes out of his way to help others.  He exemplifies all that a “Red Raider” man should be.  He is respectful determined, kind and honest.  His attitude is one that students and teachers look up to.  He is a diligent worker in the classroom; he brings happiness wherever he goes.  His positive attitude and smile have made the teachers year as well as the students’ year.  He makes a difference a Heritage Middle School!

Congratulations to all of our Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month! Just like the schools, the Partners in Education program takes a break for the summer and will resume in September.  We hope all of our winners are enjoying their summer break!
 
Posted: 7/14/2021 3:39:01 PM


Winner Wednesday Fun

Have you heard? Our Ohio Lottery regional offices are open again and ready for winners!

If you've missed making your claim with our friendly Ohio Lottery staffers, grab your winning ticket and stop by one of our offices for your winning experience, souvenir photo included!

Winner photos are making their way to us to share with you!

Sometimes a pit stop on the Ohio Turnpike gets you more than a drink and a tank of gas.

John from West Fayetteville picked up a 40th Anniversary Millions scratch-off on the Ohio Turnpike and won $50,000! 

Dudley from Toledo was excited to share his win and pose for a photo at our Toledo office.

He won $10,000 on $100 Million Cash Extravaganza!

Dudley bought his winning ticket at Reddy Spirits in Toledo.

Richard didn't hesitate to get his photo taken with his $100,000 win!

He bought the oversized Money Multiplier scratch-off at Circle K in Findlay and won big. 

We find lots of winners on our social media channels, and John from Lima decided to share his exciting win with us.

He bought a PAC-MAN EZPLAY ticket at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Lima and won $500.

John says he kept half for himself and paid back some friends with the other half. Way to go, John! 

This week is National Lottery Week.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun facts about the Ohio Lottery, and look for our post on Friday for a chance to win some Lottery Cash! 
Posted: 7/14/2021 1:40:05 PM


Lottery Week is Here!

It's Lottery Week, and we're ready to share all the good news about lotteries, from how they benefit communities and businesses to how they bring a smile to winners' faces!

Lottery Week is a celebration of lotteries across the United States and Canada in acknowledgment of their collective contributions to the communities they serve.

Did you know that on average, about 94% of funds generated from traditional U.S. lottery games goes directly back into the economy through prizes, public beneficiaries and retailer commissions?

Lottery proceeds fund a variety of causes according to each jurisdiction’s guidelines from education to the environment, to health care and programs for seniors, and more.
 
Last fiscal year, lotteries generated sales of over $89.6 billion, resulting in more than $23.7 billion for their beneficiaries!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page all week for stats related to the Ohio Lottery and the benefits retailers, communities and schools see from lottery sales.

Plus keep an eye out for a post that's your chance to win a little lottery fun for yourself!


 
Posted: 7/11/2021 9:31:18 AM


Check those tickets! Prizes that expired during the State of Emergency can be claimed thru Friday, July 30.

Time-is-running-out,-2.pngWe want to do our part to help customers claim the prizes they’ve rightfully won during this stressful time.
 
Customers who are holding onto winning tickets that expired during Ohio’s declared State of Emergency, Monday, March 9, 2020 – Thursday, June 16, 2021, have until Friday, July 30, to mail in their claim or submit their claim in person at an Ohio Lottery office for payment. They can begin visiting the regional offices Tuesday, July 6.
 
So, if you’ve set aside any winning tickets in your drawer, glove compartment or anywhere else, it’s time to gather them together and get paid your winnings!
 
Learn more: www.ohiolottery.com/claiming
 
 
 
Posted: 7/6/2021 8:23:06 AM


Don't Fall for Scams

We love doing fun promotions on our social channels, but we don't love the scammers who jump in and try to trick our players.

We received several messages from customers who received a message on Facebook from an account named OhioLottery Winner. The message claimed that the customer's Facebook profile had been drawn and they won a prize.

Sounds great, but that is not an Ohio Lottery account. 

When you receive suspicious messages like this, always protect your personal information and do not share anything. 

Even if you think it might be legitimate, you can call the Ohio Lottery’s customer service line to check it out.

Only interact with the Ohio Lottery's verified social channels.

Here are some helpful tips to protect your information:
  • Unless you specifically entered a promotion or second-chance drawing sponsored by the Ohio Lottery Commission, you will never be contacted by us informing you that you have won a prize.
  • Never accept a collect call from anyone claiming to be an Ohio Lottery official
  • Keep your credit card and bank account numbers to yourself.
  • Be sure you are on the Ohio Lottery’s official social channels when talking about the lottery online. Look for the blue check mark before interacting on social media. You can also find our official social media pages here:
    • Our official Facebook handle is @OhioLottery
    • Our official Instagram handle is @OHLottery
    • Our official Twitter handle is @OHLottery
If you ever have a question about an email or call you receive claiming that you have won a large prize, contact our customer service line at 1-800-686-4208. You can find additional Security Awareness tips on our website.
Posted: 7/2/2021 9:41:54 AM


Share a Ticket, Share a Win on Winner Wednesday!

We're wrapping up the month of June with a fun winner story full of friendship, tradition and a $1 million win!

Harold Maggard and Garrett Riethmaier like to play scratch-offs together. They often share in the purchase. 

Harold owns Dixie Delicatessen in Fairfield, so he and Garrett cross paths every morning.

They've known each other for years. Last Saturday Garrett came to the store, and Harold had a proposition for some shared play of the $30 scratch-off, Millions.

"I said I'll play with you this morning on one condition. We buy the rest of the roll. There were seven left," Harold said. 

Garrett agreed.

They don't scratch the entire ticket, they just scratch the bar codes. So, Garrett scratched and Harold scanned.

One of the seven scans revealed a $50 winner, and soon after another ticket revealed an even better prize!

"When I scanned it, the ticket the machine spit out a ticket and I saw the $40,000. I asked my son, what's this mean? He pulled the ticket and said it looks like you guys just won $1 million! We were speechless," Harold said.

Harold said it's the biggest winning ticket that he can remember at his location, but he knows for sure it's his biggest win.

Today, Harold and Garrett visited the Ohio Lottery's regional office in Cincinnati to make their claim.   

The pair will share the annuity prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years. After mandatory state and federal taxes totaling 28 percent, Harold and Garret will split $28,800 a year for 25 years. 

Congratulations, Harold and Garrett! 
 
 

 


 
Posted: 6/30/2021 1:21:13 PM


Lucky for Life Every Day!

Lucky for Life players, get ready for a big change!

Starting July 19, you have the chance at winning for a lifetime with Lucky for Life® every day!

Lucky for Life drawings are expanding from two drawings per week to seven drawings per week. Drawings will be conducted nightly at 10:38 p.m. beginning July 20.

Everything else including the $2 ticket price, how the game is played and the prize structure will remain the same.

Since the game’s launch in Ohio, there have been three grand prize winners and 19 second-tier winners in the state. 

That top prize of $1,000 a day for life is waiting for you!

Get more details about Lucky for Life here.
 
 

Posted: 6/28/2021 1:08:15 PM


New Scratch-Offs Coming June 22

Poolside, lakeside, or wherever you choose to do some summertime scratching, we've got four new Ohio Lottery scratch-offs for you to play and win big!

Get ready to call out B-I-N-G-O! Our $1 Bingo scratch-off has a top prize of $500.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and you could but a nice one with the top prize on the $2 scratch-off White Ice. Reveal a diamond symbol and win the prize shown. Reveal a Moneybag symbol and win double the prize shown.

The $2 Cash Explosion Cashword scratch-off combines the fun of Cash Explosion and Cashword and gives you a chance to win up to $50,000. Scratch the bonus play box to see if you have an ENTRY to get on the Cash Explosion game show.

The Willy Wonka Golden Ticket is back! This $5 scratch-off has a top prize of $150,000. Plus, you can enter any non-winning Willy Wonka scratch-offs for the Everlasting Million Second Chance Promotion. Twelve winners will win a trip to Las Vegas and a chance to win up to $1 million a year for life!

If $20 scratch-offs are your game, try Hit the Jackpot. This scratch off has four games to play, and a top prize of $2 million.

Try these scratch-offs available at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer on June 22.

Learn more about the entire lineup of Ohio Lottery scratch-offs here.
 
Posted: 6/18/2021 11:09:20 AM


PAC-MAN Extrava-Game-Za Fun!

Thanks to all of our friends who joined us on Facebook for the PAC-MAN® Extrava-Game-Za event!

We had so much fun playing games and giving away $2,000 in prizes including PAC-MAN scratch-offs, PAC-MAN merchandise, and Lottery Cash, with our friend PAC-MAN there to help us out.

More than 5,000 people joined into the fun and commented along as we asked trivia questions about rounds of PAC-MAN game play.



PAC-MAN himself even got in on the action playing a coin toss and using a special vacuum to pick up the scratch-offs scattered around the floor to win prizes for players randomly drawn from those commenting during the event.
 
If you missed out, click here to watch the entire event on our Facebook page.

We're looking forward to future events like this one! Like the Ohio Lottery on Facebook and watch for updates for future promotions.

There's still more PAC-MAN fun to come this summer. You can enter your non-winning PAC-MAN scratch-offs and EZPLAY® tickets through MyLotto Rewards for our second chance drawing. 

One grand prize winner will receive a PAC-MAN arcade table game and PAC-MAN arcade merchandise and memorabilia. Two winners will receive $2,500 gift cards and ten winners will receive an X-Box series X video game system and game bundle.

You can even test your PAC-MAN skills by playing the PAC-MAN game when you enter your non-winning tickets through the MyLotto Rewards® website. You’ll receive an entry for a weekly drawing for a book of PAC-MAN scratch-offs when you play. Click here to learn more.

What are you waiting for? Get chomping today! 
 
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Posted: 6/11/2021 11:29:39 AM