Ho, Ho, Ho! Better be In the Know!

It’s that time of year when you encounter roll after roll of wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper, and the daunting task of taking care of everyone on your gift list! Take a small break and watch In the Know. We just might have an idea or two that could take care of some of the hard to buy for people on your list.

Here’s what’s happening as we wrap up 2014 at the Ohio Lottery!


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Midei Service Center named 12-22-14 Retailer-of-the-Week


Located one block off a major highway, owner Jeremy Midei says their location gives a good mix of customers, generating many winners.  At 301 Walden Avenue in Tiltonsville, 80 percent of the customers are regulars and 20 percent are transient. Midei Service Center has a dedicated lottery area, uses suggestive selling and a high volume of signage at the checkout. The business carries  32 instant games. With the business doors wrapped in lottery signage, employees also push  jackpots and have new games ready for selling. They know that winning lottery instantly brings instant smiles. Players  looking for  a double portion, a smile that comes with winning should visit Midei Service Center  in Tiltonsville.


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‘Twas the Friday before Christmas…

And all across the state, lottery players were winning and that makes the holidays great!

Tamara Foster of Cincinnati won $25,417 playing the Pick 5.14 Pick 5-$25k winner_Tamera Foster






Christina Edmondson of Cincinnati won $10,000 playing Powerball.

Louis Garcia of N. Canton won $20,000 playing Millionaire Spectacular.

Michael Bowers of Akron won $54, 388 on EZPLAY Going Pro.

Jorge Burgos of Lorain won $1,000 on Lucky Playbook.

David Clay of Toledo won $100,000, the final top prize in the Ohio Lottery’s The Color of Money TPD  drawing.


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Just hear those lottery bells jingling, ching, ching chingaling too!

Lottery bells ring cha-ching for these winners !

For his namesake, Russell Proffit of Frazeysburg  won  a  profit: $500,000, after his wife Cheryl scratched the Lucky Playbook.14 Lucky PLBk_Russell  Proffitt

Nicole Schrenker of  Hamilton won $100,000 on Special Edition Cashword.

Patricia Hoffman  of Sandusky won $5, 015 on KENO.

Arthur Hopwood of Bolivar won $10,000 on Season’s Greetings.

Jonathan Huck of Beverly won $10,000 on Ohio Millions.

Kathleen Cannon of Crooksville won $10,000 on Lucky 7’s Playbook.

Amy Johnson of Akron won $10,000 on Season’s Greetings.

Darrell Garmicllo of Akron won $20,000 on Season’s Greetings.

Angela Busch of Cincinnati won $20,000 on Ohio Millions.


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Convenient Food Mart named 12-15-2014 Retailer-of-the-Week

Convenient Food Mart #3-114 (1)Kindness and neatness are what it’s all about at Convenient Food Mart, 29100 Lakeshore Blvd in Willowick.  Paul Kang says these simple things help promote  his lottery business. He  stresses the importance of greeting his customers by their first names and  yet he also knows that cleanliness, and organization go a long way.  Carrying 76 instant games, his  business includes a customer’s scratch and play area, as well as a place to watch KENO.  Kang gets new games ready immediately and he posts winnings tickets because visuals increase sales. When customers win, they talk about it, word gets around, and they buy at his location. Kang says there are a few retailers in the area with good lottery sales, but what keeps his customers coming back is having the best customer service.  He describes the business as a typical convenient store with a steady flow of lottery customers that help him average weekly sales of $31, 762 for instant and on-line games.

Congratulations Convenient Food Mart!



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Holly jolly winners!

The following are holly- jolly winners of Ohio Lottery games. They are all smiles after winning!

Christy Crosby-Warren of Nelsonville   was  waiting for food at McDonald’s. When she realized she won $25,000 on Frosty Fun she forgot about her ” happy meal.” Turns out she was happy anyway. She says Christmas will be a little brighter.

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Kenneth Mustain of Lucasville is  jolly after winning $50,000 on the Lucky Playbook.

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Mick Allen of Greenfield looks happy with his $10,000  Magic 8 Ball win.


Patricia Jones of Dover won $5,500 on Season’s Greetings.

Lisa Hershberger of Hartville won $5,500 on Season’s Greetings.

Hershel Haines of Akron won $5,500 in Instant Millions.

Henry Filio of Lancaster won $50,000 on EZPLAY Blackjack.


Neil Guerrieri of Youngstown won $50,000 on the Dec.6,2014 Rolling Cash 5 game.

Steven Garlock of Palmyra , WI won $5,500 on Funky 5’s.

Fayez Khalil of West Chester won $10,000 on 50  X The Money.

Brian Cameron of Loveland won $20,000 on 40th Anniversary Millions.

Danny Bennett of Marion  won $10,000 on Big Money.


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Winning, it’s the sound of the season!

These Ohio Lottery players know that winning is the sound of the season.

Tons Kostelnik of  North Ridgeville won  $5,002 on KENO.

Carol Ralston of Wadsworth won $5,500 on Special Edition Cashword.

Mark Nickels of Chillicothe won $10,000 on  $100,000,000 Mega Fortune.

David Pavlovich of Akron won $20,000 on Holiday Colors.

Donald Willis of Navarre won $20,000 playing Powerball.

Lonnie Merida of Liberty Township won $20,000 on Season’s Greetings.

Lorna Helm of Elyria won $25,208 on the Pick 5.

Heather Hansford of Trenton won $42,968 on Going Pro.

Kevin Barnett of Mason won $100,000 in The King’s Gold final top prize drawing.

Donald Esplin of Brunswick won $333,000 on the Nov. 29, 2014 Rolling Cash 5 game.

Tyrone Little of Cincinnati won $1,000,000 on  Ohio Millions.




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Corner Store is 12-8-2014 Retailer-of-the-Week

100_1085When you’re the only convenient store/ deli with a full service Drive Thru,  and you’re located right in the center of town, you have to stay ahead of the game. Owner  Donna Lang does just that. She keeps her customers in mind. The business has a dedicated lottery play area, displays all winners’ posters throughout the store, uses all promotional material that includes sidewalk signage and banners, and jackpot signs automatically update. Carrying 26 instants, the Corner Store activates them the same day they are delivered. Lang says having lottery creates excitement in the community and brings in new customers in hopes of winning. Looking for excitement with the hope of winning, visit the Corner Store, 120 5th Street in Beverly, Ohio.

Congratulations Corner Store!



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