September Fun on In the Know

We’re kicking off September with new instants, a new raffle game and loads of big winners! Check it all out on In the Know.

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Turney Sunoco is Sept. 26, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH- Turney Sunoco, located at 6009 Turney Road in Garfield, treats customers like family. Sanah Salem promotes his Lottery business by making his customers comfortable, with fast, fun and great service and they’ve got the numbers to prove it. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Turney Sunoco as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 26, 2016.

Turney Sunoco has a weekly sales average of $30,837 for instant and on-line games, carrying 56 instant games. They didn’t get this way overnight. They started selling Lottery four years ago and built the business with great customer service by getting their customers in and out. They try not to have lines when it comes to playing Lottery games, but just in case there is a line, there is an area designated for Lottery play.

“We try to carry as many books as possible; we talk to our customers on a personal level and keep our store neat and clean,” says Neil Mustafah, who manages the business. “It’s important to be kind and our customers play more to win more.”

Brian Patterson, the sales representative, says that whenever a customer comes into this location, they seem like family.

“They maintain the Lottery; whenever a book sells out, they replace it right away. The employees at this retailer location are a great group of people; everyone there is nice,” he said.  “Recent sales include for the last month, 17 winners of $500 or more, and a Pick 4 ticket worth $25,000.”

Turney Sunoco will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on October 1, 2016. Cuyahoga County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS ABC-Channel 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Turney Sunoco!

 

 

 

 

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Makeover Takeover

If you play the Ohio Lottery, then you probably go to the same location to get your tickets everyday. If that is the case, have you ever walked into that location, looked around and it looked completely different than it did the day before? That’s because they received a little face lift from their Ohio Lottery sales rep.

Every day a lottery retailer receives a store makeover.  Store makeovers are very important when it comes to setting Ohio Lottery retailers up for success. That is why I was so excited to be a part of the process.

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Top: Before and after shots of Abbe Road Drive Thru, Bottom: Before and after shots of Avon Lake Food Mart

One hot summer day in July, I set out with two lottery sales reps to beautify a couple of retailers. Sales reps Kelly Krause, Tom Callahan, and myself visited four separate locations and added some much needed Ohio Lottery flare to these retailers. Abbe Road Drive Thru in Elyria received the face lift of the day. This retailer has a special room set aside for its KENO players, so  we hung Ohio Lottery banners, big jackpot signs, and decorated the windows to give it a winning atmosphere.

While we were doing the makeover two customers that frequent the store looked on. They kept us company as they talked about winning, and giving the money to their grandchildren. The time seemed to pass much faster  because of them. After it was complete the two men said, “looks good guys.” It felt good to know that our work was appreciated. The day proved not just to be productive but fulfilling.

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Meet the Retailer that sold Monday’s winning Lucky for Life Ticket

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Winner Wednesday is a win-win situation!

It’s Winner Wednesday and turns out, it’s not only a win for lottery players, but it’s a win for lottery retailers like the Patels.

16-lucky-for-life-addie-hawn-presenting-checkDushyantkumer and Nila Patel own Dublo’s Carry Out at 6 Madison Avenue in Norwalk. They have been selling for three years and Monday, Sept.19, turned out to be another lucky day. Dublo’s Carry Out sold a top  prize-winning Lucky for Life ticket. It’s Ohio’s third big winner in this game since Ohio joined the multi-state game in November 2015. The winner receives $1,000 a day for life. The seller (the Patels) receives $57,500, the bonus that goes with selling a top prize-winning ticket. Dee said he was feeling pretty lucky when Lottery officials presented him with his souvenir check the next day.  He had already sold a winning Rolling Cash 5 ticket last week and received a $500 agent bonus for that big winner, but he was a little more excited when he discovered  that this bonus was bigger.  Click here to check out the video of their check presentation!

The Norwalk  Reflector  put him on the front page of  today’s  paper. He also made the paper last week when he sold the $130,000 Rolling Cash 5 ticket.

Nila, his wife, said he is a good retailer because he is always asking for the sale. Dee says he doesn’t like giving change back so he asks his customers  if they want to buy lottery products. Dee says he’s feeling pretty lucky and can’t wait to sell the next big jackpot winning ticket.

Circle K in Carrollton got in on the winning too. They sold a Rolling Cash 5 prize on September 2. That ticket was worth$130,000.

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Brian Rosenkranz of Amherst won $107,511 in the September 17, Rolling Cash 5 game. He purchased the winning ticket from Junction Beverage & Dr Thru located at 1111 Milan Avenue in Amherst. The retailer receives a $500 agent bonus for selling top prize-winning Rolling Cash 5 ticket.

Deborah Price of  Norwalk won $10,000 on 50 X the Money. She purchased her winning ticket from C Stop Convenient Store, 2761 St. Rt. 20 in Collins.

John Brickley of Avon won $20,000 on Maximum Fortune. He purchased the winner from Marc’s #69 at 35901 Detroit Avenue in Avon.

Elizabeth Fisher of Sandusky won $10,000 on $1,000,000 Jackpot. She bought her winner at Bellevue Mickey Mart #24 , 1365 E. Moan Street in Bellevue.

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Donald Maxwell of Alliance won $50,000 on the 9/16 Powerball game after having four numbers and the Powerball beating the 1 in 913,129 odds.

Congratulations to all!

 

 

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EZ Shop Food Mart is Sept. 19, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

ezshop-medina-jpgMEDINA- There is a hometown feel to the lottery experience at EZ Shop Food Mart at 6630 Norwalk Road in Medina.  Owners Miloranka Baughman and Dragan Nikolic know it’s the way to grow the business. Their customer service for Lottery sales is always on point says Ohio Lottery Sales Representative Spencer Sedar, and that is why the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize EZ Shop Food Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 19, 2016.

Selling lottery for 25 years in the small town of Mallet, employees always try to greet customers by name. They cash all winning tickets, have a dedicated lottery play area, keep new tickets stocked and let the customer know that they are happy to see them. The happiness goes even further when a customer wins.

“We have sold some nice winning lottery tickets and it’s nice to see the happiness in winners’ eyes when they can treat themselves to a nice vacation, buy a new car or catch up on some bills,” said Baughman.

Every year during the week of August 12 they conduct a special Anniversary Promotion because that was the day they acquired the store. The business has sold a $100,000 20X the Money instant. Carrying 43 instant games EZ Shop Food Mart has a weekly selling average of $10,244.

EZ Shop Food Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on September 24, 2016. Medina County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS ABC Channel 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations EZ Shop Food Mart!

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our Channel!

img_8434Look a little chaotic? That’s because it is! This week we shot a welcome video for our Ohio Lottery YouTube channel, and we crammed everything in that you’ll find on our YouTube channel! From Ohio Lottery winners to new tickets to awesome students from our Partners in Education program and a couple of crazy looking mascots, we made everyone squeeze into a pretty small space!

Look for the video on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks, img_8389and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for all of the latest Ohio Lottery videos while you’re there.

Just click here to see all of the videos currently on our YouTube Channel. And don’t forget to click subscribe!

 

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Winner Wednesday

 Question: What do the approaching days of fall and lottery players still have in common? Answer: Sunshine and Green! Leaves on the trees are still green and the sun shines brightly on the following players after winning lots of green playing Ohio Lottery games.

002Charlene Rein of London reined in half on the  Ohio Lottery’s newest game Ohio 50/50 . She won  $98,806 on September 10 after purchasing the ticket from Sterling One Stop in Mt. Sterling. Rein said she’s been playing Lottery for four years.

“I was playing my normal Classic, Rolling Cash and Lucky for Life and I was $4 shy of $20 so I decided to play $4 worth of the new game and finally won!” she said.

She’s buying  new truck for her husband, a new home and paying off some bills.

004Ronaysha Averiett of Akron is starting her freshman year in college with some extra cash! She won $100,000 in the Ohio Lottery’s Special Edition Cashword Top Prize Drawing. One of the 37 entries in the August 25 drawing, Averiett receives $71,000 after mandatory taxes totaling 29 percent. She purchased her entry ticket from Mr. Pantry on Copley Road in Akron on November 13, 2015.  Mr. Pantry received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a winning qualifying TPD entry. Averiett says the win came at a great time as her college career gets started.

Virginia Killworth of Frazeyburg won $50,000 on the instant game Roulette. She bought the ticket at Frazeyburg Duchess in Frazeyburg.011

The $2 Million Mega Millions ticket sold on April 1, 2016 by  the Emery Convenient  Food Mart in Warrensville Heights has been claimed in Trust.  J. Paul Fidler  is Trustee of “The  Lottery Ticket MegaMillions  Game Trust.” Emery Convenient Food Mart received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a second-tier prize winning  ticket.

Jeffrey Bauman of Cincinnati is the top prize winner of $50,000 a year, for the next 20 years, a $1 million prize on the Ohio Lottery’s Big Money instant game. He chose the annuity and receives $35,500 after taxes for the next 20 years. Bauman bought his $5,500(TPD) entry on February 24, 2014 from the Kroger Co. in Cincinnati. The Kroger Co. received a $10,000 agent bonus for selling a winning qualifying TPD entry.

Terry Grose of Norwalk won $130,000 in the September 9, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 game. Grose purchased the winning ticket from Dublos’ Carryout in Norwalk. The carryout receives a $500 agent bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Edwin L. Hoseus Jr. is Trustee of The Sunrise Trust. He claimed the August 1, 2016 Lucky for Life prize on behalf of the winner. The ticket holder chose the cash option and the Trust receives $4,082,500 after mandatory taxes. Reading Village Market in Cincinnati sold the $1, 000 a Day for Life winning ticket . The Market receives a  $57,500  agent bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

Congratulations winners!

 

 

 

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