In the Know – May 2016

Check out what’s popping up in May on In the Know.


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Big Wins for Winner Wednesday

Whether you’re cheering on the Reds or the Indians or hoping for a Cavaliers win tonight, everyone is happier with a win. The following Ohio lottery players know the feeling because they already got to take home the win!

003Maria Gibson of Canton won $25,417 on the Pick 5 game. She picked up her winning ticket at Spee D Foods in Akron.

Joseph Smith of Norwalk won $50,000 in the  January 9, 2016 Powerball game.

Bruce Steenrod of  Athens  loves golfing. He hit a hole in one with a $12,146 win on EZPLAY Going Pro. After filing a claim in the Athens’ regional office, Bruce went for a second win. He headed out to the golf course in hopes of winning again.


Jody Graber of Marion is officially in the club. He won $10,000 on the Monopoly Millionaire’s Club instant ticket.


Uday Patel of Lorain won $25,000 on Diamond 7.

Timothy Shepard of Wakeman won $10,000 on Underground Blast.

Daniel Carter of Akron won $25,417 on the Pick 5. He bought his winning ticket at IGA in Ellet.001
Donald Laskowski of Oak Harbor won $10,000 on Bingo Times 10. He’s accustomed to winning. He was on the Lottery’s Make Me Famous Make Me Rich show in 1999. He says he’s ready to buy a new Harley thanks to his big win.


You could be  on the winning team too. Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is worth $80 Million.

Congratulations Winners!






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Scratch the Green to Win the Green

Having fun is the only option when it comes to scratching new instant tickets. Three new instants are hitting shelves May 26th. Scoop the Cash, $250,000 Payout, and Fabulous Fortune are bringing you the green in more ways than one.FB_instant_onsale_052616

Win up to ten times and up to $20,000 with the new $2 Scoop the Cash ticket!

All that you have to do is match any of your numbers with any of the winning numbers to get in on over $20 million in cash prizes on the five dollar $250,000 Payout ticket!

For just $20 Fabulous Fortune gives you a lot of bang for your buck! With a 75% payout, over 20,000 prizes from $500 to $20,000, and a top prize of $5,000,000 it’s well worth it.

Try any of these awesome tickets and you’re in for some sure fire fun!

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Evans Quick Pick is May 23, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week


CLEVELAND – Quality, cleanliness and knowledge are words owner Brittany Evans uses to describe Evans Quick Pick. At 12704 Buckeye Road in Cleveland, every customer is warmly greeted and treated like family, and the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Evans Quick Pick as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of May 23, 2016.

Since becoming a lottery agent in January, Brittany and George Evans realized the crucial value in going the extra mile in order to set their business apart from those in the community. The Evans know that relationships with the customer are key and crucial. Starting slow, the Evans listened to the customers, responded to their needs and built the inventory needed. The result was a phenomenal increase in store traffic and lottery sales. Evans Quick Pick provides a warm, comfortable relaxing and clean environment that is well-lit both, inside and out. This quality experience has given a good lasting impression that has resulted in repeat customers.

Evans Quick Pick has a dedicated lottery area with tables and chairs. Lottery clerks are fast and accurate, parking lot service is available to those who are physically challenged and customers get free coffee. The business carries 45 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $7,303 including on-line games.

“Their vision for the future is looking brighter, employees are highly enthusiastic about serving customers and are very committed to promoting lottery,” says sales representative Richard Slaughter. “This has increased profit and resulted in phenomenal sales since inception.”

Evans Quick Pick will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on May 28, 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 Evans Quick Pick!




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Digging into those old Lottery files

For the month of May the Ohio Lottery takes a look back and digs into some of those old lottery files. Do you remember any of these lottery milestones?

On May 3, 1992 the Ohio Lottery began selling Buckeye 5, an active game. An active game is a game where the player chooses a number or a set of numbers, attempting to match the numbers that are later drawn in that game.  Buckeye 5 was a replacement for Cards.

Cards was an active on-line game allowing  players to select one card from each suit and try to match those cards  selected during the nightly drawing. Players matching all four  suits won $1,000, match three won $100 and two matches won $10.   Buckeye 5 numbers ranged from one to 37. With the new replacement game Buckeye 5, players won a top prize of $100,000 as long as there were ten winning 5/5 tickets. If there were 11 winners or more, each winner received an equal share of the maximum $1 million jackpot cap.

Rolling Cash 5 replaced the Buckeye 5 game on October 2, 2004 with jackpots starting at $100,000.

And as long as we are digging in the old May files…. On May 15, 2002, Ohio began selling Mega Millions, joining eight other states:  New York, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.

On May 16,2008, a $196 million Mega Millions ticket was drawn in Ohio. The Anthony Trust claimed the ticket on behalf of the winner. Located in Amelia, Ohio, Main Street Wine & Spirits sold that winning ticket.

On May 1, 2009, Shawnee Lanes sold one of three winning tickets in a $225 million Mega Millions jackpot.

On May 11, 2013 George Kozak of North Olmsted donated his collection of more than 7,000 Ohio Lottery tickets and was honored at Ohio Lottery headquarters. His collection shows the history of Ohio Lottery  games and is on display in the Lottery’s reception area.

In May 2014, the Ohio Lottery launched a mobile app allowing customers to scan their tickets, check for winning numbers and watch KENO drawings on demand. Now the app allows customers to scan and enter non-winning tickets into their MyLotto Rewards accounts.

In May 2015, the Ohio Lottery  website e-application allows for  online signatures for retailers  who want to become an Ohio Lottery agent.





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Instant ticket coupons and summer treats

OH329INSIDE_v4_300dpi Let the sun shine in! The Ohio Lottery is giving one million households a small treat with its latest instant ticket coupon offer, set for U.S. post office delivery around May 23.

With the coupon in hand, customers 18 years of age or older can redeem the coupon at any Ohio Lottery retailer. Each coupon provides customers with a free $5 instant ticket after a $10 instant ticket purchase.

Have a coupon? Make plans to visit your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer today.  The coupon offer is good May 23-June 18.

Want to get a head start deciding what tickets you’d like to try?  Check out the latest instant games.



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Winner Wednesday celebrations

Winner Wednesday is here and not only do our players have winning to celebrate, but our retailers are celebrating big wins too!

Krista Carnes of Dover and Jackie Bowles of Dundee, clerks at Circle K in Dover, sold a $100,000 Rolling Cash 5 ticket for the April 28, 2016 drawing. Circle K receives a $500 agent bonus for selling the winning ticket.


Brigid Steinmetz of Huron won $5,500 and a top prize drawing (TPD) entry on Special Edition Cashword.

Alex Miller of Bremer won $14, 623 on EZPLAY Perfect Game 300.

Wayne Fout of Jackson, OH won $50,000 on the May 7, 2016 Powerball drawing.

Deborah Adkins of Lorain won $5,500 and a TPD entry on $300 Million Diamond Dazzler.

Jose Navedo of Lorain won $10,000 on Maximum Fortune.

20160504_141614Frances Argentine from VGV Beverage in Steubenville sold a winning $140,000 ticket for the April  27, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 drawing.  VGV Beverage receives a $500 agent bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Bobbi Borton of West Unity won $10,000 a Month for Life. She is retiring immediately. The win, she says, is a Godsend and will allow her to relax and take care of some health issues.

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Congratulations buyers and sellers of Ohio Lottery games! 


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I want to be the battleship!

Our players are having so much fun with the new Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instants that it got me thinking about the classic Monopoly board game. Imagine really walking your way across the squares, passing “GO” and collecting $200… if only life worked that way, right?!

I’m sure you played the board game, at least once. I remember playing for hours. The board, paper money and game pieces set nicely on a coffee table while all of us gathered around trying to gobble up as much property as we could. We had some marathon games, but never a record. The longest Monopoly game on record was 70 straight days!MMC-Digital Image 2_April 2016

And even though everyone thinks that you have to get Boardwalk and Park Place to win big, I always liked the railroads and the lower end properties piled high with hotels. Did you know that in the classic Monopoly game, Illinois Avenue, “GO” and B&O Railroad are the most landed-on properties? I see now that as a 10-year-old I was on to something!

The first order of business was always picking your game piece, and over the years the pieces have changed. The games creator used charms from his niece’s charm bracelet for the original pieces. Since then, some have come and gone and new ones added. From the iron, now retired, to the newest game piece, a cat, there have been plenty. The top hat and the battleship still remain favorites.

You don’t have to play the classic Monopoly anymore, either. There are 300 licensed versions of the game from movie-themed Monopoly to a version just for kids.

You can play anytime, board or no board, with our Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant tickets! Click here to enter your non-winning Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instants for a second-chance trip to Las Vegas!


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