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A Wintery Winner Wednesday

The holiday season is in full swing, and we have some winners to celebrate. Check who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Amber Lemaster of Galloway has a $1,000,000 win to celebrate this week. She won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing $1,000,000 Black Titanium! Amber chose the annuity prize option and will receive her prize over the next 25 years. Amber purchased her winning ticket at Speedway #5238, located at 955 South Galloway Rd. in Galloway.

Joseph Landless of Richmond, IN is celebrating a spectacular Ohio Lottery win. He won $20,000 playing Platinum Diamond Spectacular! Joseph purchased his winning ticket at K Pantry Mart, located at 816 Watervliet Ave. in Dayton.

Gunnar Schumacher of Canton maxed the money and won big. He won $50,000 playing Max the Money! Gunnar purchased his winning ticket at S & K II, located at 2019 Harrisburg Rd. NE in Canton.

Hazel Barr of Urbana scratched her way to a top prize win. He won $150,000 playing Lots of $500s. Hazel purchased his winning ticket at Urbana Food Mart, located at 1273 US 68 in Urbana.

A group of ten public workers in northeast Ohio calling themselves The Lucky Ten won big playing Classic Lotto. On November 23, 2020, they hit the $5.9 million jackpot playing the draw game! Nick and Gery are two representatives of the group who claimed the prize. Gery said when he told the group of their win, they thought he was lying! Nick said, “Overall, it was a real joyous reaction, but I didn’t believe Gery for a minute.” The group chose the cash option prize of $2.9 million. Each will receive $212,400. To read more about their big win, click here.

Congratulations, winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery!
 
Posted: 12/2/2020 12:00:00 PM


Lottery Pool Wins $5.9 million Classic Lotto Jackpot

Every week for 16 years, a group of ten public workers in northeast Ohio have chipped in to play Mega Millions, Powerball and Classic Lotto. On November 23, 2020, they hit the $5.9 million Classic Lotto jackpot!

Nick and Gery, two representatives for the group calling themselves The Lucky Ten, visited the Ohio Lottery’s Cleveland offices to claim the prize.

“A few months ago, we won for $2,000, so we were just building up to the big one,” Gery said.

Gery buys the tickets every week, and at first, he didn’t believe that he had the winning ticket. Once it sunk in, he wanted to share the news with the group.

“I called people who played together, and I wanted to see their facial expressions. They thought I was lying,” he said.

Nick backs that up.

“Overall, it was a real joyous reaction, but I didn’t believe Gery for a minute. We had a copy of the ticket hanging at work and I read the ticket and was in complete shock,” Nick said.

The group chose the cash option prize of $2.9 million, and each will receive $212,400 after taxes.

Not all of them have immediate plans for the winnings. Nick says he’s locking his winnings up until he gets over the shock of winning. Gery has a plan, “Well, I just bought a new truck, so I’ll pay that off. I’m going to do a little work on the house now, too.”

When the pool started sixteen years ago, they purchased an auto pick ticket and have stuck with the numbers ever since. They say they’ll continue to play those numbers.

“We’re hoping for Mega Millions or Powerball next!” Gery said.

The winning numbers were: 8-13-18-26-33-39. The group purchased the winning ticket at Convenient Food Mart, located at 811 E. 222 Street in Euclid.

This is Ohio’s 23rd Classic Lotto jackpot win since the game began in 2007.

Congratulations to The Lucky Ten!
 
Posted: 12/1/2020 10:44:03 AM


Thankful for Winner Wednesday

This week, we’re reflecting on things we are thankful for. One thing we’re thankful for is sharing winner stores. Check out who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Gregory Lewis of Parma scratched his way to a big win. He won $50,000 playing 40th Anniversary Millions! Gregory purchased his winning ticket at Sunoco Food Mart, located at 3945 West 130th Street in Cleveland.

Willie Jones, Jr. of Cleveland is feeling the holiday luck this week. He won $50,000 playing Holiday Lucky Times 10! Willie purchased his winning ticket at Convenience Deli & Beverage, located at 29124 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe.

Shelley Morton of Lebanon has a big win to celebrate this week. She won $50,000 playing Cash Celebration! Shelley purchased her winning ticket at Lebanon IGA Express, located at 118 A W Main Street in Lebanon.

Karen Andrew of Portsmouth hit BINGO this week. She won $50,000 playing BINGO X10! Karen purchased her winning ticket at Gallia Street Valero, located at 2306 Gallia Street in Portsmouth.

Gregory Williams of Dayton is feeling hot after a big win. He won the top prize of $20,000 playing Some Like It Hot! Gregory purchased his winning ticket at Speedway #5089, located at 5010 Olive Rd. in Trotwood.

Diane Laughlin of Akron is celebrating a big win this Winner Wednesday. She won $20,000 playing $1,000,000 Black Titanium! Diane purchased her winning ticket at Circle K #5586, located at 11 South Cleveland Massillon Rd. in Fairlawn.

Randol Davis of Cincinnati is a big Ohio Lottery winner this week. He won $20,000 playing Ohio Millions. Randol purchased his winning ticket at Spirits of Madeira, located at 6917 Miami Ave. in Madeira.

Alan Bailey of Colerain Township has an explosive win to celebrate. He won $20,000 playing $100 Million Money Explosion! Alan purchased his winning ticket at Ameristop Food Mart, located at 3385 Springdale Rd. in Cincinnati.

Thomas Drake of Grove City has a top prize win to celebrate this Winner Wednesday. He won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Cash Celebration! Thomas chose the cash prize option of $500,000. Thomas purchased his winning ticket at Demorest Carryout LLC, located at 1425 Demorest Road in Columbus.

Paul Erford of Ottawa has 10,000 reasons to celebrate this week. He won $10,000 playing The Three Stooges! Paul purchased his winning ticket at Brookys, located at 10959 State Route 224 in Ottawa.

Michael Simon of Wayne scratched his way to a big win. He won $10,000 playing $1,000,000 Black Titanium. Michael purchased his winning ticket at Fuel Mart, located at 2185 Grant Rd. in North Baltimore.

Lydie Betts of Toledo is celebrating an extreme win this week. She won $10,000 playing Extreme Millions! Lydie purchased her winning ticket at S&G #47, located at 4721 Lewis Ave. in Toledo.

Joshua Taylor of Toledo is feeling very merry this week. He won $10,000 playing Merry Millions! Joshua purchased his winning ticket at Kroger #870, located at 2257 North Holland Sylvania Rd. in Toledo.

Congratulations, winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery! We wish you all a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving.
 
 
Posted: 11/25/2020 12:00:00 PM


Classic Lotto jackpot gives city two jackpot prize winners within the week

It’s an exciting time for the City of Euclid. Last night, on Nov. 23, the Convenient Food Mart, located at 811 E. 222nd Street, hit the jackpot, selling a $5.9 million winning ticket for the Classic Lotto drawing.  It’s the second jackpot prize won in the eastside Cleveland suburb within the week. Just a mile away, Discount Drug Mart, located at 725 E. 200th Street, sold Friday’s $155,000 Rolling Cash 5 jackpot prize.
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If you purchased a Classic Lotto ticket at the East 222nd Street Convenient Food Mart for the Nov. 23 drawing,  check your ticket. The winning numbers were: 8-13-18-26-33-39. The customer chose their own numbers.

For questions on claiming, please visit www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/Indexor contact the Ohio Lottery Customer Call Center at 1-800-686-4208.

The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.  Special provisions, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, apply.  https://www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/Index 

This is Ohio’s 23rd Classic Lotto jackpot win since the game began in 2007.

 
Posted: 11/24/2020 10:42:47 AM


October Partners in Education Winners

Whether the classroom is online or in-person, Ohio’s students and teachers are hard at work this school year. We’re celebrating that hard work with Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month awards! Check out our Partners in Education October winners!

Our first October Academic All Star is Isabella Allen. Isabella is in the eighth grade at Jefferson Area Local Schools. She receives A’s and B’s and was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society program. Isabella is described as “very serious about doing great” in the classroom and anything else she does. Wholderia Skuza nominated Isabella and said, “I am very proud of her. She was able to continue her outstanding performance even under Covid isolation at the end of last year.”

Joseph Collins is our next October Academic All Star. Joseph is in the sixth grade at Teays Valley West Middle School. He is known for the positive energy he brings to school every day. Michael Kauffeld nominated Joseph and said, “He has a smile that transcends his mask and spreads joy to his classmates, teachers and administrators. Joey is an advocate for himself and a model of how to be polite to others.”

Kylyne Hall is our next Academic All Star for October. He is in the fourth grade at Robinson Community Learning Center. Kylyne is described as an enthusiastic student. Melania Foertch nominated Kylyne and said, “He participates in class in positive ways and has remarkable calm and stamina as we are all learning many new things about technology and sometimes things get frustrating. […] he has grown beyond my wildest expectations into a calm, hardworking, confident and positive young man who is a pleasure to have in class.”

Our final October Academic All Star is Jayce Jones. Jayce is a freshman at Western Hill University High School. Leah Wade nominated Jayce and said he “goes above and beyond with his coursework! He quickly mastered online learning and is supportive of his peers.”

Our first October Teacher of the Month winner is Jami Gilger. Jami teaches the second grade at Dowds Elementary School. Jennifer Schroeder is the parent of one of Jami’s students. Jennifer nominated Jami and said, “Mrs. Gilger has the kindest heart. When you walk into her classroom, you can feel that teaching is her passion and she is truly invested in the classroom and school.”

Megan Schneiter is our next Teacher of the Month. Megan teaches ninth grade Individual Instruction at Fairless High School. She serves as the ninth-grade team leader and is the head cheerleading coach. She assists with promoting and organizing the district’s annual food drive. Brent Remenaric is a fellow Intervention Specialist who nominated Megan. He said, “She does an amazing job serving our kids with special needs. Mrs. Schneiter truly cares about her kids, both academically and emotionally. She does a great job building relationships with her students and drives them to become self-confident and create and reach their own personal goals. She is the definition of what is means to be an advocate for children.”

Emily Steele teaches sixth grade Language Arts at Teays Valley West Middle School and is an October Teacher of the Month. Emily was nominated by a student who said, “She is a really good teacher. She teaches with enthusiasm.”

Mustafaa Yisrael is our next October Teacher of the Month. Mustafaa teaches ninth grade World History at Western Hills High School. He is known for going above and beyond for his students and peers. Holly Irby teaches with Mustafaa and says, “Every day he is the first teacher in the building and the last to leave. Besides just teaching students, Mr. Yisrael takes time to build relationships with students.”

Our last October Teacher of the Month is Tami Clum. Tami teaches the first grade at Allen East Elementary. She is described as a “great asset to the district and an exceptional role model.” Tami was nominated by a parent who said, “Mrs. Clum is passionate about teaching and always puts her students first. She goes above and beyond to provide the best education and experience at school for all of her students and makes sure to end every school day on a positive note. Every single one of her students knows that they are special to her and that she cares about their success.”

You can nominate an outstanding student or teacher for Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month online by Clicking Here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
 
Posted: 11/23/2020 12:00:00 PM


New Holiday Scratch-Offs Coming November 24!

Our second batch of holiday scratch-offs are ready to pop! Are you ready? Mark your calendar for November 24 when five new holiday scratch-offs pop up at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer.

Festive 50’s is a $1 scratch-off with a $1,000 top prize. Reveal a BELL symbol in the play area and win the prize shown. Reveal a Dollar Sign symbol and win $50 automatically!

The $2 scratch-off Winter Doubler is the perfect winter-themed scratch off. Scratch off the snowflakes to see if any of your numbers match either of the winning numbers to win the prize below! You could win the $10,000 top prize.

Winter Green 7’s is a $5 scratch off with a chance to win up to 16 times! In any one or more of your numbers match any of the winning numbers, you win the prize shown below your matching numbers. Find a black 7 symbol and win that prize automatically. If you reveal a green 7 symbol you win 7 times that prize automatically! The top prize is $150,000.

Get ready for gigantic winter fun with Winter Wonderland Riches. This $10 scratch-off has 55 chances to win with play areas on the front and the back and a top prize of $500,000! Scratch the BONUS boxes on the front and win the prize when you reveal a dollar bill symbol.

The new $20 scratch-off Premier Cash has a top prize of $2,000,000! Once you scratch the front, flip it over for two bonus games on the back!

Holiday scratch-offs make great gift add-ons, but always remember to gift responsibly! 
Posted: 11/20/2020 2:19:21 PM


Lottery Staff Donates Over $10,000 to Ohio Foodbanks

This time last year, the Cash Explosion Road Show rolled into Steubenville and kicked off the annual Facing Hunger Campaign. Members of the community and Cash Explosion fans who came to the show donated thousands of pounds of food that day.

That’s usually how the campaign kicks off.

This year amid Coronavirus, we can’t get together to collect donations, but the Cash Explosion crew wasn’t going to let the pandemic stop the campaign from moving forward.

“We knew we couldn’t let the Facing Hunger Campaign fall to the wayside because of the pandemic. We had to find a way to kick start the campaign and help the people in our state who are suffering right now. A telethon seemed like the perfect way to do it.” Cash Explosion Executive Producer Barry Riley said.

The Cash Explosion staff hosted the telethon with the Ohio Lottery staff, and the staff turned out in great numbers to support the worthy cause.

More than 250 employees joined in through Microsoft Teams to challenge each other to donate to the Facing Hunger Campaign.

It didn’t take long for the contributions to begin pouring in. In just 14 minutes the gauge went from zero to $1,000 in donations. When the thirty-minute telethon was done, generous Ohio Lottery employees had contributed $9,100 to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. As of the time of this post, the total reached $10,000.  

“I’m so proud of the generous and charitable spirits of our Ohio Lottery staff. The positive difference they have made – and continue to make – for the many Ohio families in need this holiday season, is something we all should be proud of,” Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald said.

Joree Navotny, Director of External Affairs with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, was excited to see the donations roll in, and she said they will be put to great use.

“We can leverage each $1 donated to secure about four meals for hungry Ohioans, so the enormously generous contributions made so far by Ohio Lottery employees toward the Facing Hunger campaign will help us provide nearly 40,000 meals to struggling families, seniors and displaced workers.” Novotny said.

Foodbanks across the state are in great need at this time. Nearly 1 in 5 Ohioans – including more than 1 in 4 Ohio children – are experiencing food insecurity in 2020.

If you’d like to help, click here to make your donation to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
 
Posted: 11/19/2020 11:17:10 AM


Making the claiming process more convenient

Super-Retailer.pngWe’ve heard you –you want a simple and convenient way to claim winnings from $600 to $5,000.Sure, you can mail in your claim and wait four weeks to be paid or you can file a claim online, but if you’re more comfortable conducting business in person, and you want your winnings right away, check out one of our Super Retailers. www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/BankLocator

We have a growing list of Super Retailers across the state. Visit the one nearest you to claim mid-tier prize winnings. We’re still growing the network to provide greater access in all corners of the state; so, if there’s not a location especially convenient to you, it’s coming.

You can claim your mid-tier prizes in person in 22 communities across the state, as well as in any of our racinos. Get details on claiming locations and more.  www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/Index

Here are the communities where you will find Super Retailer cashing locations (as of Nov. 18, 2020):
Cambridge
Canton
Columbus
Englewood
Elyria
Fairfield
Kettering
London
Mansfield
North Randall
Oregon
Painesville
Portsmouth
Sandusky
Sidney
Solon
South Euclid
Springdale
Springfield
Strongsville
Wadsworth
Wooster
 
In addition to Super Retailers, we have multiple ways for you to conveniently claim prizes of all levels. Click here to learn more about them all.  


 
Posted: 11/19/2020 11:05:48 AM


Winner Wednesday

We’re halfway through the week, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with winner stories. See who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Adam Flora of Akron scratched his way to a $2 million win this week. He won the top prize of $80,000 a year for 25 years playing Limited Edition! Adam chose the annuity prize option. He purchased his winning ticket at Convenient Food Mart, located at 199 Massillon Rd. in Akron.

Linda Kobak of Newburgh Heights has a big win to celebrate this Winner Wednesday. She won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Cash Celebration! Linda chose the cash option prize of $500,000. She purchased her winning ticket at True North #358, located at 7798 Granger Rd. in Valley View.

Lakisha Wilson of Cleveland is on fire after a top prize win. Lakisha won the top prize of $20,000 playing Some Like It Hot. The winning ticket was purchased at Ned’s Beverage & Deli, located at 5810 West 220th St. in Fairview Park.

Burl Helton, Jr. of Belle Center is already feeling the luck of the holiday season. He won $50,000 playing Holiday Lucky Times 10! Burl purchased his winning ticket at Jumpin’ Jim’s, located at 1255 South Main St. in Kenton.

John Monroe of Fairborn scratched his way to a top prize win. He won $20,000 playing the Ohio Lottery Mega Millions scratch-off. John purchased his winning ticket at Gateway Marathon, located at 750 East Xenia Dr. in Fairborn.

Andrea Stevenson of Mineral City is celebrating a big Ohio Lottery win. She won $20,000 playing Ohio Millions! Andrea purchased her winning ticket at Speedway #9319, located at 2619 Cleveland Ave. SW in Canton.

Robert Lehman of Paulding raced his way to a big win. He won $10,000 playing Fastest Road to $1 Million! Robert purchased his winning ticket at Antwerp G-Mart, located at 625 Erie St. in Antwerp.

Erika Schmitzer of Logan is celebrating a big KENO win this Winner Wednesday. She won $10,004 playing the draw game. Erika purchased her winning ticket at Tee Jay’s Convenience Store, located at 511 East Front St. in Logan.

Greg Tribe of Albany maxed his money and won big. He won $10,000 playing Max the Money. Greg purchased his winning ticket at Little General Store, located at 5321 Washington Rd. in Albany.

Charles Ghesquiere of Toledo scratched his way to a big win this week. He won $10,000 playing Ohio Millions. He purchased his winning ticket at The Kroger Co. #907, located at 7059 Orchard Centre Dr. in Holland.

Congratulations, winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery!
 
Posted: 11/18/2020 1:00:00 PM


Cash Winning Tickets from Home with Mobile Cashing

Looking for a convenient way to cash your winning ticket? We're making it easy to do from your couch, your car, the park - anywhere you use your smartphone!

Cash your winning tickets from $50 to $5,000 using the mobile cashing feature in the Ohio Lottery mobile app.  All you need is the newest version of the Ohio Lottery mobile app and a bank account.

When you scan a winning ticket worth $50 to $5,000 using the mobile app, you’ll see the button to “Cash Out”.  Just enter the bank account where you want to deposit the prize money.

When you complete the transaction, your winnings will be deposited into your bank account. The first transaction will take five to seven business days as your account information is verified. After that, your winnings will be deposited in one to three days.  

Click Here to watch a how-to video to learn how you can set up your account.
 
For more information on mailing claims click here.
 
Posted: 11/17/2020 11:00:41 AM