Sapell’s Food Basket is 9-1-2014 Retailer-of-the-Week

Sapell's Lottery players looking to spice up their winnings with variety and expertise in the game should visit Sapell’s Food Basket. Owners Melinda and Michael Sapell make sure that tickets are visible, and their lottery terminal is conveniently located in the middle of the store. Employees are also knowledgeable about the games they sell. Located at 1314 W. 117th Street, Sapell’s carries 35 instant games, giving players several choices.  The business has a weekly sales average of $10,467.

Congratulations Sapell’s Food Basket!

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Winning is always in season!

The Labor Day holiday signifies a lot of things: the end of summer; the beginning of school; a new college semester, and for fashionistas it’s the last day to wear white. But here is some good news. Playing the Ohio Lottery never goes out of style and winning is always in season, 365-24/7.  And some Lottery players are already in fashion, starting early Labor Day celebrating after filing winning claims.

8-25-14 049If at first  you don’t succeed, try and then try again, which is what a Parkersburg, West Virginia resident did. David Dickel ‘s persistence  paid off  when he won $120,000 after matching all five numbers in the August 22, 2014 Rolling Cash 5 game. Two days before, he  missed winning the entire August 20 Rolling Cash 5 jackpot by one number.


Sharon May of Avon Lake won the $100,000 top prize in the Ohio Lottery’s Money, Money, Money top prize drawing. She purchased the ticket from Fruth Pharmacy #4  in Wellston. Fruth Pharmacy #4 received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling May the $5,500 semifinalist entry ticket that secured her big win.


Geraldine White of Vickery won a $100,000 top prize in the top prize drawing for Blackout Bingo. She bought her “TPD” semi-finalist entry ticket from Castalia Market in Castalia. The Market received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling White her semi-finalist entry ticket that secured her big win.

Sharon Queen of Wheelersburg  was reeling  from shock after she won the $100,000 top prize on Kings, Queens and Jacks. Picture with husband Arnold, he said he knew that they would win when they bought the semi-finalist entry ticket two years ago. No longer facing hard times after the win, the Queens said they have plenty of ways to use the money with three children, and plan to help others in need. Clarks Pump N Shop #123 receives a $1,000 agent sales bonus for selling Queen her qualifying  semi-finalist entry ticket.


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Nathanial Warner of Canton won $5,400 playing Pick 4.

John Bott of Elyria won $5,500 on Super Millions.

Ashley Garcia of Cincinnati won $10,000 on $300 Million Diamond Dazzler.

Misty Willis of Medina won $10,000 on Bingo & Diamonds.

David Olson of Ravenna won $10,000 on $200 Million Extreme  Cash.

Kevin Etapa of Akron won $10,000 on 50X The Money.

Matthew Lantis of Liberty Township won $10,000 on $5 Million Cash Extravaganza.

Matthew Henrich of Cincinnati won $10,000 on 50X The Money.

Anna Belle Pullin of Amherst won $25,000 on Joker’s Wild.

Janice Christina of Akron won $25,000 on Pick 5.

Nedal Silmi of Norwalk won $30,000 on Keno.






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Mickey Mart #32 is 8-25-2014 Retailer-of-the Week

Mickey Mart # 32 is a convenience store and gas station at 61 Mill Road that posts all big winning tickets.  Store manager Chipper Randleman says the winners’ wall is very effective because players see that winning tickets have been sold there.

Randleman says talking and getting to know customers works too. The more you get to know players, the easier it is to offer different lottery games. With promotions, bundle play, and lots of advertisement on the reader board, Lottery players will not only know that winning tickets are sold at Mickey Mart, but they can also be a winner.

Mickey Mart #32 carries 35 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $6,400.

Congratulations Mickey Mart #32!

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Ending the Week on good notes!

It’s always a happy Friday when you can end the week with a good “note.” Ohio Lottery players are happy as their week ends with c-notes!


Tracey  Burrows of Sandusky is all smiles after winning $50,000 on KENO. Owner of 4 Points bar, she won after playing at her own business location.  She hit and then got the booster for times 5 on a $2 play. That totalled a big win for Tracey!

Byron Gibson of Beach City, Ohio won $1,000 on EZPlay BlackJack.

Michael Rourke of Elyria won $10,000 on Wild Pixies.

Anthony Delpercio of Vickery Ohio won $10,000 on Ohio Millions.

Jill Durbin of Hamilton won $15,000 on Fun 5’s.

Misty Willis of Medina won $10,000 on Bingo & Diamonds.

Congratulations & Happy Friday !


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Forty Years ago Today…

“I dreamt it, man. I dreamt last night that I won it.”

In the early morning hours of August 22, 1974, 30-foot tractor trailer, painted in royal blue, rolled into the parking lot of Parmatown Shopping Center, on Ridgewood Drive in Parma, Ohio.

The Ohio Lottery was finally ready to conduct its first drawing. Officers from the Parma Police Department estimated nearly 4,000 people in attendance.

At 9:45 a.m. a small ceremony was held to kick off the event. Parma Mayor John Petruska opened with a few remarks, followed by State Sen. Ron Mottl, and Lottery Director John Kirkland. Shortly after 10 a.m. the drawing actually began.

Jackie Urbanek, Miss Ohio-World in the 1974 Miss World-USA pageant, presided over the placing of 1,000 balls numbered from 000 to 999, into the 9-foot tumbler.

Once the tumbler was finally filled and secure, it began to turn end over end. Finally, after a thunderous mixing, the tumbler stopped upright and ten balls fell into numbered cups at the bottom.

Local television personalities Charles “Big Chuck” Schodowski and Bob “Hoolihan” Wells drew three envelopes from a drum that determined which cups would be selected.

The first number drawn was 178. This number was for the $20 winners who would also be eligible for the $1 million drawing. Almost immediately, you could hear yelling and cheering in the crowd – already we had winners in the audience.

“I got it!” yelled Robert (Bob) Baker, of Parma. “Do you believe that?” he shouted. “I dreamt it, man. I dreamt last night that I won it.”

More winners began to push through the crowd. Reporters and cameramen rushed at them to get their names and first impressions.

The double 3-digit results came up next – 264 and 002. Matching the double-digit result was an instant $15,000 win and a chance for $300,000 in the Buckeye 300 drawing, to be held the following Thursday at the South Portico of the Ohio Capitol Building in Columbus.

The first person to ever win big and file a claim with the Ohio Lottery was Carlotta Calhoun, of East Cleveland. Mrs. Calhoun, a cost clerk at Greyhound Bus Lines, won $15,000 in that first drawing. She was at work when a co-worker came in with a slip of paper that had the winning numbers from that first drawing. Realizing she won, she immediately left the office and drove to the Lottery’s Central Headquarters in University Circle to fill out her claim form. Mrs. Calhoun’s $15,000 ticket also made her eligible for the $300,000 Buckeye 300 drawing.
By the end of the day, five winners had already contacted the Ohio Lottery and came forward to claim their $15,000 prize. Two were from Cleveland, and three others in Columbus, Ashtabula, and Springfield.

By the next day, the Lottery determined that twelve $15,000 tickets were sold and qualified for the Buckeye 300 drawing. About 25,000 $20 winners were sold as well – who were eligible for the $1 million drawing.






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Starting the week Winning!

It may be Tuesday, but the week got off to a good start for some lucky players  after winning Ohio Lottery games.Mary Riedel $100,000 Instant Winner 009

Mary Riedel of Brunswick won $100,000 on Hot $100,000.  Four months ago she won $50,000 on  the 40th Anniversary Millions  instant and gave the money to her daughter to buy a house.  Now, we know there is something to reaping and sowing and Mary agrees. She said she is very blessed!

Two friends who party and play together can now say that they have won together. Bradley Bryan of Trinity, Florida and Jeffrey Dowiatt of Ashland will split $176,500.  They had one of the two winning tickets in the August 13,2014 $353,000 Rolling Cash 5 game.P1000219

IMG_20140815_103224_611Andrew Coleman of Doylestown won $10,000 on Wild Pixies.

Elton Reese of Akron won $1,000 on $10,000 Grant.

Jimmy Biddings of Akron won $5,200 on the Pick 4.

Robert Austin of Westlake won $10,000 on Monopoly Jackpot.

David Young of Albany, Ohio won $10,000 on $5,000,000 Cash Blowout.

Bradley McClellan of Mansfield won $10,000 on Lucky 7’s Playbook.

Muhammad Traisl of Akron won $15,000 on Fun 5’s.

Mickale Wiggins of Warrensville Heights won $25,000 on the Pick 5.

Jason Jackson of South Euclid won $50,000 on the Pick 5.

Byron Gibson of Beach City won $5,500 on EZPLAY Black Cherry Bingo.


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One Stop Mart #112 is 8-18-2014 Retailer-of-the-Week


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It’s called One Stop Mart for a reason. It’s a convenience store that offers great service and no waiting.  One Stop Mart #112 is a drive thru that has two lottery machines, and the employees know about all lottery games. At 4496 Logan Way, One Stop Mart owner Hadi Hadi shows winning tickets on the winners’ bulletin board. Lottery players who are in a hurry might want to visit this location. With two lottery machines and a drive thru available, waiting may be a bit impossible. One Stop Mart #112 carries 42 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $12,477.

Congratulations One Stop Mart #112!

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