Spreading Inspiration across Ohio

 

BTS_Lindor_Image1-2We’re excited to announce a brand new initiative called InspiredOH, an effort to shine a light on stories of hope and perseverance across the state of Ohio. We’ve found the perfect teammate in Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Last month we spent a couple of days with the all-star player as he sat down with cameras rolling to talk about his journey to the big leagues. His fans know him for his impressive skills on the field, but most are not familiar with his journey to reach his dreams, overcoming obstacles such as learning a new language and supporting his sister through her battle with cancer. You can watch Francisco’s detailed personal account of how he achieved his dreams by visiting http://www.inspiredoh.org.

Along with Francisco’s story, you can watch other inspirational videos from across the state such as an Ohio-based horse ranch that raises funds for breast cancer, a small town thrift shop that supports animal rescue efforts and many more.

BTS_LindorSeated-2As the InspiredOH initiative moves forward, Francisco will be asking fellow Ohioans to share their own inspirational stories for opportunities to win in big and small ways.

Our mission at the Ohio Lottery is to raise funds in support of education, and as a strong believer himself that education can open doors, Francisco will be making a personal donation to Minds Matter Cleveland. The volunteer-led non-profit organization provides high-achieving high school students from low-income backgrounds with academic and mentoring services, along with access to summer college immersion programs, to assist them in navigating the path to college and career success.

The Ohio Lottery is focused on creating positive experiences across the state, and we couldn’t think of a better Ohioan, or person, to team up with for this program. We can’t wait to see all of the inspiring stories from all corners of the state. After all, inspiration is something we can all use from time to time!

For more information on the InspiredOH initiative click here.

 

 

 

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Winner Wednesday

It’s not “just” another  Winner Wednesday. It’s the first day of summer Winner Wednesday and the following players had the sun smiling down on them after winning Ohio Lottery games.

Evan Schenk of Painesville won $20,000 on the $2 instant game, Hit $100. He will use the windfall for higher education when he goes to college for nursing.

Jeffrey DeDino of Wakeman won $10,000 on $5 Million Cash Showcase.

Ann Horn of Avon Lake won $10,000 on Cash X50.

Robert Bufford of Cleveland Heights won $25,000 on the  June 14 midday  Pick 5 .

                    Congratulations!

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Abner’s Restaurant is June 19, 2017 Retailer -of-the-Week

DAYTON – The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Abner’s Restaurant located at 2424 E. 3rd Street in Dayton as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of June 19, 2017.

Abner’s Restaurant is a nostalgic restaurant that has been selling Ohio Lottery tickets for 25 years. The restaurant is owned by Christos Tsamasiros, and his employees always promote Lottery with a friendly attitude. They know customers by name and have established long term friendships. Abner’s Restaurant conducts second-chance drawings on a quarterly basis and has a dedicated lottery play area.

Describing the restaurant as complimentary to the Lottery, Chris says it’s a fun place to socialize. Employees will ask for the sale and they are always expressing that they like to give away lottery money. Last year they sold a million dollar $500,000,000 Spectacular instant game. Abner’s Restaurant carries 47 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $7,400 for instant and on-line games.

Abner’s Restaurant will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on June 24, 2017. Montgomery County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WHIO CBS Channel 7 in Dayton. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Ohio Lottery has contributed over $23 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit www.ohiolottery.com/supportingeducation.

Congratulations Abner’s Restaurant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner Wednesday

It’s that time again! It’s Winner Wednesday, and the following players are excited about adding their names to the winner’s list.

Deborah Poston of Ironton is a part-time worker at the Moose Lodge. She visited the Lodge  during  her  down time and  won $10,000  on the Lottery’s EZPlay Tap Game. She said she has so many uses for the money going on in her head, but hasn’t made a decision.

Meet Lloyd Blair who won $1,198 on the June 2 evening Pick 4. It doesn’t take a lot to feel like a million. Blair was excited to get his picture taken and celebrate his win. He says he plays the same numbers every day.

Thorsten Martin of Mentor is the top prize winner of $250,000 in the Ohio Lottery’s Cash Extravaganza Top Prize Drawing. One of 15 entries in the game, Martin purchased his qualifying entry ticket from Convenient Food Mart #3-120 in Mentor on February 8, 2016. After taxes he receives $177,500. Using the windfall, he and wife Melinda will have their home renovated and take a vacation. Convenient Food Mart #3-120 receives a $2,500 agent bonus for selling the qualifying winning ticket.

Zhongcai Chen of Dublin is the top prize winner of $500,000 in the Ohio Lottery’s Break the Bank Top Prize Drawing. One of 27 entries, he purchased his qualifying entry ticket from The Barley Bin of Dublin on May 5, 2016. Chen receives $355,000 after mandatory federal and state taxes. The Barley Bin of Dublin receives a $5,000 agent bonus for selling the qualifying winning ticket.

Abdul Henderson of West Chester won $50,000 on the May 27 Powerball drawing. He bought his ticket at Queens Gate Marathon.

William Case of Columbia Station won $50,00 after he scratched Max the Money.

Brenda Vance of Jackson won $20,000 on Dazzling 7’s.

Cole Stapelton of Portsmouth,  Thomas Michaels of Lorain and Charles King of Cleveland each won $10,000 on $100,000,000 Fortune.

Congratulations Winners!

 

 

 

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Donations by the Ton

It’s a big year for Cash Explosion as the show celebrates 30 years, and our Cash Explosion fans are helping celebrate by giving back. This year the show collected more than 5 tons of food to help feed hungry Ohioans!

Mid Ohio FoodbankMonday we delivered the second round of donations to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Grove City. We had five pallets stacked five boxes high with non-perishable food donations, tipping the scale at 3 tons. In January, we made the first drop of 2 tons of food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The food was collected at Cash Explosion Show tapings in the last six months for the Facing Hunger Campaign.

The food goes to help people in need from young families trying to make ends meet to the elderly living on a fixed income. The need is great across the state of Ohio, and these donations go a long way to helping feed the hungry.

Thank you to our Cash Explosion fans for all of your support!

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Fricker’s #110 is June 12, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

MAUMEE – Fricker’s #110 is located at 1418 South Reynolds Road and was one of the original retailers when the Ohio Lottery launched KENO. Part of the Fricker’s USA chain, seventeen locations are in Ohio. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Fricker’s #110 as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of June 12, 2017.

Bob McKay manages the business and is pro-lottery with a knowledgeable staff.

McKay says the Lottery business is fun, has increased the sale of food and drink and has created regular customers. The business has two MPs, a Winstation and two MPQKs. The business conducts second-chance Keno parties, the staff will ask patrons if they want their bet slips played and will push the “play it again feature.”

Heather Ludwig, the sales representative, says that sales within the last 12 months are nearing $1 million. “Keno sales are always increasing. McKay always wants the newest instant games in the Winstation and is always open and willing to try something new,” she said. “He was excited to try the MPQK and does extremely well with it.”

McKay advises new retailers, “don’t just put a terminal in a corner and expect to make money, know the product.”

Fricker’s carries 25 instant games. The business has a weekly sales average of $17,116 for online and instant games.

Fricker’s # 110 will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on June 17, 2017. Lucas County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTVG ABC Channel 13 in Toledo. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Ohio Lottery has contributed over $23 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit www.ohiolottery.com/supportingeducation.

Congratulations Fricker’s#110!

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More Chances to Play Means More Chances to Win

The Ohio Lottery’s newest instant ticket $20 Ultimate Millions hit shelves this week. 972_TicketArtFront

If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, we have just the ticket for you. $20 Ultimate Millions has eight different game areas on the front and back of the ticket to scratch and win. All of those different games give you a chance to win up to 65 times!

There are over $73,000,000 in total cash prizes available, with over $23, 000,000 in $100 to $1,000 prizes on this prize packed ticket. We can’t forget to mention a top prize of $5,000,000!

Be one of the first to win big on this fantastic ticket! Get yours today! Click here to see our complete library of Ohio Lottery instant games.
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