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A Spooktacular Winner Wednesday

These Ohio Lottery players are having a scary good week! Keep reading to see who’s winning this week in Winner Wednesday!

Ryan Mooney from Continental won $10,000 playing $5 Million Payout! He purchased his winning ticket at Continental Main Stop, located at 20968 Road E in Continental, OH.

It’s never too early to start having some Holiday Fun! Just ask these winners! Michelle Eichler of Mogadore won $10,000 on the new $10 Instant Game Holiday Fun! Michelle purchased her winning ticket at Marks Brew Thru, located at 3960 Mogadore Rd, Unit B in Mogadore, OH. Edgar Falcon of Tiffin is also a $10,000 winner on this game!

William Barke of Shelby is a Mega Millions winner! He won $10,000 on the draw game.

Karen Datko of Youngstown scratched her way to a dazzling win! She won $100,000 a year for 20 years playing $300 Million Diamond Dazzler!

Serena Grayson of Newport is grateful for a big win on Rolling Cash 5. Playing the same numbers that she’s been playing for a very long time, Serena won $120,000! She purchased her winning ticket at Marietta Elks. Serena is a member and former trustee of the Marietta Elks and is delighted that they will get a bonus from her win.

A Rossford resident is celebrating a big KENO win. Christopher Rabara won $10,000 on the draw game. Christopher purchased his winning ticket at Great Black Swamp Brewing Company, located at 62211 N. Dixie Highway in Perrysburg.

Georgia Dowell of Mansfield had a big win on $500,000 Cashword! She won $10,000 on the $10 Instant Game. Georgia purchased her winning ticket at Porky’s Drive In, located in Mansfield.

Douglas Bell of Sheffield Lake has over 25,000 reasons to celebrate this week! He won $25,834 on daily draw game Pick 5!

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else in winning in Ohio, and have a Happy Halloween!
Posted: 10/31/2018 12:00:00 AM

September Partners in Education Winners

School is back in session, and Partners in Education is back with Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month! Keep reading to see how we kicked off the school year and learn about our September recipients. 

We kicked off this school year with our Partners in Education School of the Year celebration! Our 2017-2018 School of the Year is Wickliffe High School. The school's Band/Choir teacher, Pamela Graves, was Teacher of the Month in April. Her nomination by Judy D'Angelo led to Wickliffe High School's School of the Year Award. 

Mrs. Graves has been a teacher for 36 years, and it is clear that she loves what she does. She is described as “a gem for the school district.” Students say that Mrs. Graves is “just amazing.”

For winning School of the Year, Wickliffe High School received a $500 Office Max gift card, a School of the Year trophy, and various items from professional sports teams across the state to use for fundraising efforts.

Wickliffe celebrated with a pep rally that included magic, mascots and dancing! You can see the celebration here.

Our first September Academic All Star is Emma Lightner. She is an eighth grader at Milton-Union Middle School. Teacher Brett Barnes recognizes her hard-work and dedication to education. He says, “she continues to be focused and trust-worthy in class. I am very proud of her progress.”

Payton Sherry is a sophomore at East Palestine High School, and our second Academic All Star. Payton is active inside and outside of the classroom, and she is a wonderful role model for other students. She is a member of the Science Club and plays Varsity Basketball and Golf. She is an Honor Roll student, an Incentive Scholarship recipient, and is enrolled in college credit classes at Kent State Salem. Payton also volunteers at the elementary school and tutors middle school students. 

Teacher of the Month, Josette Folk, teaches Physical Education at Louisville Middle School. She is described as hard-working and very supportive of her students. She has helped set up Olympic days, rallies, various after-school activities, and is the Program Advisor for Fuel Up to Play 60. Mrs. Folk is always available to talk to her students and she “motivates everybody to be the best they could possibly be.”

Chandra Juhasz teaches seventh grade Science at Rocky River Middle School. She is known for teaching very engaging lessons and reaching her students on a personal level. Mrs. Juhasz was selected by the Ohio Middle Level Association to present at a conference in October.

Our next recipient is Nicole Mathias. She teaches English, CCP Composition and CCP-Lit for grades 9-12 at Sebring McKinley High School. Math Teacher, Debbie Weibush, describes Mrs. Mathias as “a true leader among [the] faculty.” She challenges her students in the classroom, and her state test scores show continual improvement. She also helped organize staff into committees that focus on student improvement and helped create a successful reward system.

Jen Noble is an Intervention Specialist at Mark Twain Elementary. She is described as going above and beyond for her school and students. Amber Cristofaro, the Community Outreach Coordinator, says Jen Noble “works devotedly to keep the school a place where want to be and where everyone learns.”

Brooke Paxton is the last September Teacher of the Month recipient. She teaches seventh grade Language Arts at Circleville Middle School. Mrs. Paxton was nominated by Communications Director, Evan Debo, for her “indelible contributions to her field.” She has championed an initiative grounded in student kindness in the form of service projects, organized monthly school spirit events and a literacy fair, and wrote and attained a grant provide a copy of the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio to every student in the school.

Congratulations to all of the Partners in Education September winners! Keep up the amazing work!
You can nominate an outstanding teacher or student for Teacher of the Month and Academic All Star by clicking here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
Posted: 10/30/2018 3:19:03 PM

Cash Explosion Holiday Cash Bash

The Cash Explosion Show is ready to host a big holiday celebration in December, and your entry ticket could get you on the show! We're hosting the Holiday Cash Bash with a $250,000 prize to play for!

All Cash Explosion entries received from September 14 to December 6 are part of the weekly Cash Explosion Show and the Holiday Cash Bash special drawings. Twelve lucky contestants will be selected to be on the show and play for the $250,000 prize! 

The show is scheduled to air December 22.

Click here for more information about the Holiday Cash Bash and the list of current contestants.
Posted: 10/30/2018 1:05:22 PM

CLE Wins the Roll for Ohio!

IMG_2143.JPGThere's nothing like some friendly competition, and we got it going between Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati in our Roll for Ohio Skee Ball event Thursday night.
The events were held simultaneously at Masthead Brewery in Cleveland,  North High Brewing in Columbus and Taft's Brewing Company in Cincinnati and they centered around Skee Ball and our own Skee Ball instant ticket and EZPlay games. Anyone who rolled a game of Skee Ball got a free instant ticket and an entry to win one of a number of prizes awarded throughout the night. We gave away concert tickets, a gaming console, $250 gift cards and a book of Skee Ball instant tickets in random drawings throughout the night.

A live stream from each location along with the scores updating in real time kept each city in the loop on who was in the lead and kept the cheering and excitement high. Columbus came out of the gates hot leading the pack for the first part of the tournament before Cincinnati got going to take the lead. Cleveland came alive with a sizable lead over both cities before a back and forth battle for first with Cincinnati going into the home stretch. In the end Cleveland won the bragging rights as the See Ball champ with a scoring 83,480 points. Cincinnati came in second with 81,100 and Columbus came in third with a score of 66,190. 

We couldn't have asked for a more exciting night of fun and friendly competition! Check out our Facebook page for a complete gallery of all of the photos from the night.
Posted: 10/26/2018 11:29:29 AM

$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot brings Mega excitement to Ohio


When the Mega Millions jackpot soared to $1.6 billion, it was an exciting time for Ohio Lottery players and all those who work to bring the game to life.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 24, a few hours after the 11 p.m. drawing the night before, we learned that South Carolina hit the jackpot. How did Ohio do?

Ohio sold one ticket that matched all five numbers without the Mega Ball. That ticket, sold by Bee Gee’s Minit Market of Kettering, earned the lucky ticket holder a $1-million prize. Bee Gee’s Minit Market has earned a reputation as a favorite site to play Lottery games in the greater Dayton area, catering to many long-term, loyal customers. The store is also the region’s top Mega Millions retailer.

When owner Mike Sliger received a text from a local reporter at 7 a.m. Oct. 24, the morning after the draw, he wondered what had happened.  A call soon after from the Dayton regional office confirmed that he had sold the second-tier, $1-million prize.

That day went well. “It’s very exciting. Everyone is having a good time,” Mike said. Local TV stations and the local daily newspaper visited throughout the day.  The winner, whoever he or she is, used auto pick to choose the winning numbers.

Mike says the $1,000 bonus the store receives for selling the winning ticket will be split among his employees.  That’s a promise he made before the drawing.  “They work hard for us,” he said.

Ohio had two tickets matching 4-of-5 numbers plus the Megaplier, earning each ticket holder $30,000.  Sagarmatha International Grocery in Fairfield and Giant Eagle #6519 on West Broad Street in Columbus sold each. Ohio Lottery customers held more than 530,000 winning Mega Millions tickets for the drawing, sharing $12.6 million in prizes. 

The jackpot run began July 27.

Learn more about Mega Millions and the Ohio Lottery at www.ohiolottery.com.

Ohio’s Mega Millions players have 180 days from the draw date to make their claim on any prizes in this drawing. https://www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/Index



Posted: 10/24/2018 11:37:49 AM

Winner Wednesday

Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have been setting records, and Ohioans have been winning big! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Midland resident James Cox is another big winner! James won $10,000 playing instant game Extreme Millions! He purchased his winning ticket at Mt. Repose Mini Mart.

Thomas McCaster picked the right numbers this week! The Maple Heights resident won $25,000 on Pick 5.

Jeffrey Payner of Mentor and Aaron Cduch of Blacklick have 50,000 reasons to celebrate this week! Both Lottery players won $50,000 each on Pick 5!

It’s been a big week for Mega Millions players! Jackpots have reached record-highs, and Ohio Lottery collected big wins. LuAnn Michel of Sarahsville is a Mega Millions winner! She won $50,000! Zachary Kimble of Mansfield won $20,000 playing Mega Millions! A $10,000 Mega Millions prize was split this week between Kayleigh Fazio and Matthew Kusznir of Lorain. They won $5,000 each.

Bruce Hansen of Sandusky scratched his way to a spectacular win! He won $50,000 playing instant game $500,000,000 Spectacular!  

A Zanesville resident scratched his way to a big win! Jonathon Conwell played instant game $300 Million Diamond Dazzler and won $10,000!

Mega Millions jackpots weren’t the only game making headlines this week! Powerball jackpots have also reached record high numbers! A resident of LaRue, Ohio is glad she played this week. Pamela Garner won $50,000 on Powerball!

Billy Hammons of London, Ohio is already in the holiday! He played new instant game Holiday Fun 
and won $10,000! Billy purchased his winning ticket at London Food Mart. Click here to learn more about Holiday Fun and check out our other new Holiday Instant Games!

A Pick 4 player is another big winner this week! Carole Gardner-O’Donnell of Avon Lake won $15,000 on the daily draw game.

Charlene Tillman is feeling the Power of 5s this week! The Columbus resident scratched her way to the top prize of $150,000 on this $5 instant game! Her winning ticket was purchased at Stoney’s Market in Columbus.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio!
Posted: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM

Inn Cahoots Named Retailer of the Week

SEVEN HILLS, OH – Customers of Inn Cahoots stick around for more than just food and drinks. Great customer service, respectful treatment, and a comfortable, fun atmosphere keeps them coming back for more. This makes the store this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

Inn Cahoots values customer service and memorable experiences. Owners Ronald and Peggy Siegel say they have seen the joy that winning brings to their customers. Mr. Siegel says, “When someone hits for a big payout, I normally see them buying a ‘round for the house!’”

To help promote the Lottery, the restaurant has second-chance drawings some Lottery merchandise and Inn Cahoots gift certificates are given away. The staff will notify customers of new Instant Tickets and EZPLAY games. Winner are always cashed out as well.  

To be a successful Lottery retailer, Mr. and Mrs. Siegel offer this advice: cash winning tickets! It will keep them coming back.

Inn Cahoots average $16,159 in weekly sales for both instant and on-line games. They carry an average of 28 instant games from over the counter. 

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Inn Cahoots will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, October 27.

Cuyahoga County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS TV 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Posted: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM

Mega Millions on the Rise... Again!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the Mega Millions jackpot is going crazy right now. The jackpot is now $900 million, and that's a new record for the game sitting just shy of $1 billion!

What should you know? Well, if you don't play you can't win, so visit an Ohio Lottery retailer and pick up your ticket. A Mega Millions ticket is just $2, and you can add the Megaplier for $1 for a chance to multiply your prize.

Some players choose their own numbers while others select the auto play option. Auto play will give you a more random selection of numbers and most winning tickets are purchased this way, but there have been many jackpot winners who chose their own numbers. The choice is yours!

If you win Friday's drawing, you decide how to take your prize. You can choose the annuity of one immediate payment and annual graduated payments for 29 years or the cash option of $513.4 million before taxes. 

How does Ohio stack up? Mega Millions has been around since 2003 and in that time Ohio has produced 19 jackpot winners, making us fourth in 44 states that sell the game. The jackpots won in Ohio alone total $2.28 billion!

Fat Daddy's Road Dog in Moraine sold our last jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket on May 4, 2018. The jackpot was $142 million and the winner claimed in a trust. 

Get out and get your ticket for Friday's Mega Millions drawing! Who knows, it could be your ticket to a whole new world!

Click here for more information on Mega Millions.

Posted: 10/17/2018 12:37:43 PM

Winner Wednesday

Fall is officially in the air, and so are big wins! Check out who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Ronald Womack, Sr. is a big winner! He won $150,000 on 25X Instant Game!

Anthony Curtis from Homer Glen, IL had a very lucky stop in Ohio! He is a daily Lottery in his home state of Illinois and wanted to give Ohio Lottery a shot while passing through. He won $10,000 on $300 Million Diamond Dazzler!

Residents of Columbus are winning big in October! Robert Moss played Pick 5 and won $25,208.50. Eddie Gray won $22,276 on EZPLAY Rock’n 777s.

Other visitors to Ohio are celebrating big wins! Christos Manolos of Auburn, IN won $50,000 on Instant Game $500,000,000 Spectacular.

Elfrad Sanders of Clover, SC purchased a winning Powerball ticket in Ohio! He won $150,000!

Bellevue residents are celebrating big wins this week! Eric Gresh won $50,000 playing Super Break the Bank. James Boogher won $25,417 on Pick 5. Patty Betschman enjoys Tap games. She won $7,000 playing Treasure Dig.

Adam Decker of Elida won $50,000 playing 4 Way Cash.

Amanda Stephens of Pickerington scratched her way to a win! She won $20,000 on Ohio Cash Blowout!

Zachary Painter of Lima is celebrating a win to remember! He played Max the Money and won $400,000 a year for 25 years!

Carla Bartlebaugh of Wakeman won $15,000 playing $25 Million Payout.

Jodi Watkins has something to sing about this week! The Amherst resident won $50,000 on The Voice Instant Game!

Congratulations to all the winners! Check back every Wednesday to see more winner stories! 
Posted: 10/17/2018 11:10:05 AM

Which curtain do you choose?

This December we're adding a little suspense to the second chance fun! We have ten curtains with a big prize behind each one, and your $1 and $2 non-winning instants are your key to getting the chance to reveal one of those prizes in our Curtain Call promotion! 

Starting October 14 you can enter your non-winning $1 and $2 instant tickets through MyLotto Rewards. Ten lucky winners will have the chance to pick a curtain numbered 1 through 10 to win the prize behind the curtain. We'll announce two winners each day beginning December 17 live on our social channels and website.

Who knows what you could win? Well, we do, but we're not telling. The prizes are big, though and there will be bonus prizes if you don't get to choose a curtain. One hundred lucky players will win $500 prizes. Keep an eye on our social channels for more.

Tickets must be entered by December 9. Get ready for your Curtain Call beginning December 17!
Posted: 10/16/2018 12:00:03 PM

Holiday Instants Dazzle

We hate to rush the seasons, but we can't help it! We're ready to release this year's holiday instant tickets!

The new holiday instants will be available at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer on October 17, and there is a price point for every player. 

You could win up to $500 with $1 Holiday Cash. 

Our $2 instant Holiday Gifts has a $20,000 top prize.

Scratch $3 Naughty or Nice. It gives you a shot at $50,000.

The $5 instant ticket Holiday Lucky Times 10 has a top prize of $250,000.

If $10 instants are your game, try Holiday Fun with a $500,000 top prize.

You can find a complete list of all of our Ohio Lottery games by clicking here.
Posted: 10/15/2018 11:29:03 AM

Lorain Convenient Food Mart Named Retailer-of-the-Week

LORAIN, OH – For staff of Lorain Convenient Food Mart, having conversations and relationships with customers is high priority. That is why the store is this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

To help promote the Lottery, Lorain Convenient Food Mart is kept neat and clean. The staff keeps a nice display of a variety of Lottery tickets. Tickets can also be purchased from a self-serve WinStation.

Store owner, Rakesh Patel, knows the value Lottery products bring to his location.

To be a successful Lottery retailer, Mr. Patel offers this advice: hang tickets in an organized manner and offer good customer service.

Lorain Convenient Food Mart averages $10,015 in weekly sales for both instant and online games. The store carries an average of 81 instant tickets over the counter and through the WinStation unit.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales staff. Lorain Convenient Food Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, October 20.

Lorain County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS TV 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried in 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Posted: 10/12/2018 11:52:31 AM

Mega Millions Jackpot Over Half a Billion!

If you ever wanted a chance at over half a billion dollars, tonight could be your night. The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is $548 million, the 3rd largest in the game's history. 

The winner can choose to receive the $548 million jackpot in annuity payments or take the lump sum of $309 million before taxes.

Fat Daddy's Road Dog in Moraine sold Ohio's last Mega Millions jackpot winner on May 4, 2018. The $142 million jackpot was claimed by the ABC XYZ Trust. 

Now is your chance to get in on the fun. All it takes is $2. Stop by any Ohio Lottery retailer and ask for a Mega Millions auto pick ticket or choose your five numbers from a pool of 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from a second pool of numbers 1 to 25. You can add the Megaplier for $1 for the chance to multiply your prize.

Tonight could be your night! Good luck!

Click here for more information about Mega Millions.
Posted: 10/12/2018 8:25:08 AM

MyLotto Win Leads to First Pitch

Marie-Rutledge-1.jpgYou already know we have great prizes through our MyLotto Rewards program, and on September 22 one of those prizes took Daniel Sifferlin and his family to Progressive Field for an unforgettable night. This prize didn't just put them in the seats to watch the Indians play, they got to watch batting practice from the dugout and Daniel's mother-in-law, Marie, who was celebrating her 94th birthday threw out the first pitch!

Daniel used his MyLotto Rewards points to enter the drawing for the Cleveland Indians VIP Box Seat Experience which included watching batting practice from the dugout, scoreboard greetings, promotional items, autographed items and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Daniel said when he found out he won a trip to the game, as luck would have it the game was also on Marie's birthday. He said Marie has watched every Indians game on TV for more than 20 years and she knows all the players' names. She's truly a big fan, and he couldn't think of a better person to give that first pitch opportunity to other than Marie. 

Marie, along with her granddaughter and daughter, stood along the dugout during batting practice, and she did not go unnoticed. Her favorite player, Michael Brantley, stopped to chat along with several other members of the team. Marie loved every second!

marie-Rutledge-3.jpgAs if that wasn't enough, Marie's family arranged to have her grandson flown in from California to surprise her. She was overwhelmed with joy. Her grandson and granddaughter escorted her onto the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Marie didn't disappoint. Wind up and all, this 94-year-old pitched like a pro with applause roaring from the stands!

To top it all off, the Tribe won with a hit by Marie's favorite player to bring in the winning run. As the Indians and post season baseball gets underway, we're sure Marie will be watching!
Posted: 10/5/2018 10:42:35 AM

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