Calling Today A Good Friday for Different Reasons

Today is Good Friday. For many of us, we have our different reasons for calling it Good Friday. For winners of Ohio Lottery games, it is a good Friday because they won. They end the week in expectation of receiving an Ohio Lottery prize.
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Alexis Roberson won $1,000 on Super Millions. His son is graduating from OSU’s Electrical Engineering program. He is going to have a super graduation party!

Tonya Randleman won $5,500 on Mega Fortune.

Kisha Haraway won $5,200 on the Pick 4.

Melissa Maddock won $5,400 on the Pick 4.

Cheryl Riffle won $20,000 on 50x The Money.

Michael Gerken won $10,000 on Lucky 7′s Playbook.

Trustee Candace Pollock claimed a $250,000 Lucky 7′s Playbook prize on behalf of The Mercury Trust.

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Lending a Helping Hand

Garrettsville devastation 2 Today we took a trip to Garrettsville, Ohio. You may have heard about the town in the last month. An entire block of the downtown was destroyed by a fire in late March. No one was hurt, but 13 businesses were destroyed inclduing the local food pantry.

Every year from November to May we collect food at Cash Explosion tapings for our Facing Hunger campaign. The food we collect is sent to food banks all over the state, but knowing the need in Garrettsville as the food pantry rebuilds we knew exactly where this round of donations should go.

Garrettsville devastation 4We packed a van with nearly 1 ton of non-perishable food items collected over the last three months and took them to a temporary warehouse the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard is using. From canned goods to boxed non-perishable food items, we unloaded the boxes out of our van and carried them into the warehouse.

Michelle Elias, Executive Director of the Community Cupboard, said the response from the community has been overwhelming. They’re working to restock the supply they lost while still serving the families that need the food the most.

They were grateful for the donation! Garrettsville devastation 5We’re grateful to our loyal Cash Explosion fans! The need is great in so many parts of our state, and you’re helping to fill that need!

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Beginning the week Happy!

We couldn’t let another day go by without telling you about winners. Yesterday’s Ohio Lottery claims totaled more than $1.2 million in prizes. We are sure that these players began their Monday…HAPPY!

April 2014 013 She said “yes” and that made Joe, her husband, a happy man! Robin Napolitan said yes to the KICKER and won $100,000!


Karen Scott won $1 million on Instant Millions. She and husband Glenn are paying off the house and investing the rest.

Susan Merring won $10,000 and Vernon Brooks won $1,000. They scratched 50X The Money.

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Royce Carson won $100,000 on Sparkling 5′s.

Garry McMullen won $10,000 on 50x The Money. Steven Greenhill won $10,000 on Mega Fortune. Robert Monroe won $10,000 on Mega Multiplier. Elizabeth Orzech won $10,000 on 10x The Money. Deanna Hunt won $10,000 on Double Doubler. Catherine McIlvain and  Joshua Kile each won $5,500. Allen Anderson won $29,598 on  EZPLAY Perfect Game 300.








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Boardman Express Mart is 4-14-2014 Retailer-of-the-Week

EPSON DSC pictureWe already reported that Boardman Express Mart sold a top $200,000 prize-winning Tons of Funds instant last week. They’re in the news this week as the Ohio Lottery’s retailer of the week!  Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations by their Lottery sales representative and regional sales office staff.

Last week when Tawil was told that he sold a winning top prize ticket, he got very excited but was humbled by the sale. He said he was very grateful and appreciative, adding that it makes his customers happy and generates more potential for winners at his location.

Tawil says service is the number one priority and he strives to be the best while increasing sales. He has two lottery machines-no waiting, displays the newest games, carries 64 instants and will always cash tickets.

You can visit Boardman Express Mart at 6828 Market Street in Boardman.

Congratulations Boardman Express Mart!

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Over $800,000 Claimed This Week!

Lottery players continue to cover the Ohio Map as winning claims totaled over $800,000 this week! A Lima resident came out strong after winning a top prize instantly.  Bert Irons  won $500,000 on 50x The Money. He wore his baseball cap to the winning ticket  location, Vine Mini Mart in Lima. They won too, a $5,000 agent bonus for selling a top prize 50x The Money instant ticket.


Gwen Glenn of East Cleveland filed a claim for her $100,000 Cadillac Cash prize.

Kevin Ehmann of Orient, Ohio told his family he was going to win the Rolling Cash 5 one day. Little did he know that the win would come so soon. On April 5 he won $110,000 after using the birthday combinations of his mother, girlfriend and himself. He said he’s been coming very close since playing these numbers in February.

Renee Cottrill won $34,408 on the EZPlay Perfect Game 300.
Bessie George, Kim Parks and Dominic Diluciano each won $20,000.
Daniel Williamson won $10,000.


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Thanks for the Memories and the Money!

An Ohio Lottery player is singing that classic Bob Hope song Thanks for the Memory all the way to the bank. Early this week Robert Misko won $10,000 on Money In the Bank and  winning brought back pleasant memories for the Clinton resident. He remembered when he first won the lottery, back in 1975! Postage stamps cost 10 cents back then and Misko paid 50 cents for Ohio Lottery Buckeye 300 tickets.


Those little green paper tickets got him on the lottery TV show. Misko even remembers where he bought the ticket, Summit Drive Thru store in Akron. He lived in Akron at the time and today he is a retiree from the city of Akron. Misko said the tv show gave seven players a chance to win up to $300,000. His tickets allowed  him a semifinalist round, and while he was eliminated in the first round, he walked away with $15,000.  He used the money to buy his first house.

Misko said after all these years, he is still on board with the Ohio Lottery today. He is happy with the $10,000 Money in the Bank prize.  He purchased the winning ticket from Cherry St. Bell Store in Canal Fulton. Misko said now he can pay some bills and get another car. The house is paid for.  April is a lucky month for Misko. He remembered April 9, 1969. He was getting out of the military.

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Winning Ways!

What makes a lottery player choose a particular game? Color? Design, perhaps? The name? Or maybe it’s just a random selection can make for a winning way! With the variety of play styles, colors, and names, the following Ohio Lottery players found their way to a win.EPSON DSC picture

Thomas Tomidajewicz won $200,000 on Tons of Funds. He purchased the winning ticket from Boardman Express Mart in Youngstown. Boardman Express Mart is getting some early exposure and a $2,000 top prize agent sales bonus. They are the upcoming 4-14-2014 Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week that will be featured on next Saturday’s Cash Explosion show. Ali Al Tawil owns Boardman Express Mart.

Jeffrey Knoch won $20,000 on I Love Cash.


Tim Minscall won $10,000 on Big Money.

Robert Misko won $10,000 on Money in the Bank. Misko is not new to winning. He was one of the first winners on the game show.


Charles Reese won $10,034 on Keno.

Christina York won $10,000 on $100,000 A Year for Life.

Angela Bradford won $10,000 on Powerball.



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