A new experience outside the Office

By Sandra Neal, Communications

This week I had a unique opportunity to get outside of my comfort zone. It was an adventure riding throughout Cuyahoga County with an Ohio Lottery sales rep. It was a whole new experience that gave me a new appreciation for the agency that I work for. On this Thankful Thursday, it comes down to appreciation. I am thankful for the chance I had this week to get out of my downtown office area where I have been coming for the last 29 years. It’s a whole new world out there. I spent the day with lottery sales representative James Torain. He’s been a rep for six years and had previously worked as a storekeeper before he got his dream job as a sales rep. James said he always wanted to be a rep and it shows in his enthusiasm in doing his job.

Riding around with James, I got to see the hard work that it is getting in and out of a van, checking on your retailer, making sure they have what they need in order to sell lottery products to the people of Ohio. There are 52 zip codes and 1,249 retailers in Cuyahoga County, and the sales reps have to make sure that retailers get what they need in order for the Ohio Lottery to maintain its mission: profits to education. We reached the billion dollar mark so that tells me that my fellow employees and I have been doing what it takes to get the job done. I have developed a real appreciation for the sales reps and the work they put in. There’s more to it that meets the eye. On hot days and cold days a lottery sales rep makes sure that his assigned retailer has what is needed in order to sell Ohio Lottery tickets: games, paper, pencils and equipment that works properly. Sales reps face all kinds of people in the many areas and all kinds of situations daily.

Yes, there is more to being a sales rep and as someone who sits behind a desk daily I am appreciative and thankful to get the chance to get a new perspective on what others in the agency do daily. I was thankful for the experience. Yes it is Thankful Thursday, and I am thankful.

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Outlining July fun on In the Know

We’re at the height of the summer, and we’re ready to pile on the fun! Between the Ohio State Fair and cars and trips through MyLotto Rewards we have a lot of fun waiting for you in July.


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The Ohio Lottery will be at the state fair! What about you?

It’s summer time again and that means the Ohio Lottery is returning to the State Fair! Here’s a look at what we’ve got planned:

Play some games!

Every day of the fair, Whitehall Shell will be inside the Market Place building selling Lottery tickets. And, prior to the fair, this retailer will be offering free admission to the fair when you buy $5 Mega Millions tickets between July 3 and July 26. The business is located at 4780 E Broad St, in Columbus.ferris-wheel-1201156_1920 (1)

Friday, July 29

WNCI radio will be broadcasting live outside the Lottery tent on 17th Street from 12 p.m.-2 p.m., talking about the “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club” Scavenger Hunt event planned for the following day. Tune in to 97.9 FM or stop by to see the fun, win prizes and play some PLINKO.

Saturday, July 30

Join us for our “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club” Scavenger Hunt. This event includes a scavenger hunt where you can earn stamps from each required property. When you receive all your stamps, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win great prizes! The hunt will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with the drawings beginning at 3:15 p.m. Winners’ names will be announced at the Ohio Lottery booth, and you must be present to win.

Friday, August 5

It’s Ohio Lottery Day! Get $6 off fair admission with your non-winning Lottery ticket.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., WCOL radio will be broadcasting live outside the Lottery tent on 17th Street promoting Cash Explosion’s “Cash Fest,” which will be taking place the following day. Listen in on 92.3 FM, or swing by the tent to watch, play games and win some Lottery merchandise.

Saturday, August 6

Cash Fest is Cash Explosion’s Fan Appreciation Day. This event will take place in Central Park beginning at 11 a.m. During Cash Fest, you can participate in Cash Explosion express games for the chance to win great prizes including Cash Explosion merchandise, instant tickets, and even Cash Cards.

Fair Admission Info:

The fair will take place from July 27 to August 7 at 717 East 17th Ave in Columbus. The admission gates are open from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily, and the rides are operating from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information about the fair, visit ohiostatefair.com. For more information about Ohio Lottery games, check out www.ohiolottery.com. We can’t wait to see you there!


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Friendship Food #84 named July 18, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week


SANDUSKY – It’s owned by Beck Suppliers Inc., which has 23 locations in northwest Ohio and Vanessa Edwards, manages the business at 1318 Cleveland Road in Sandusky. They’ve been selling Ohio Lottery since 1992. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Friendship Food # 84 as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of July 18, 2016.

“Friendship Food #84 is very attentive to instant Lottery games and their customers in general,” says Addie Hawn, the Lottery sales representative. “They’ve assisted me throughout the years in providing merchandise, staff and tickets for Lottery promotions.”

Knowledge is key for this retailer. They insist that employees learn as much as they can about the different games sold at this location. It helps provide fast and friendly service. All employees are thoroughly trained in all games and there is a certified KENO exert on staff. Beck Supplier customers are able to earn 5 cents off a gallon when they purchase $25 worth of instant games. This is how they promote Ohio Lottery instants. They carry 37 instants games and weekly sales are $17,502 for online and instants.

Friendship Food #84 will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on July 23. Lorain 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 Friendship Food#84!




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Lottery central office open during RNC

RNC QThe Republican National Convention is coming to Cleveland next week July 18 – July 22, and that means numerous road closures, traffic and parking restrictions around downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Lottery’s central office at 615 West Superior Avenue in Cleveland will remain open during the RNC with business hours of 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. While you can still make a claim in the central office, you might find it more convenient to make your lottery claim at one of our regional offices. We have nine regional offices across the state with free parking and friendly staff ready to help you with your big win! The nearest location to our downtown Cleveland office is at 1100 Resource Drive, Suite 5 in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio.
Click here for a complete list of regional offices.

You can also claim prizes between $600 and $5,000 at one of our many bank cashing locations across the state. You can get your prize money immediately with this claiming option, but please note that these locations charge a $10 processing fee for this service.

Click here to see the complete list of bank cashing locations.

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Win big with Gold Bar BINGO

Next week, the Republican National Convention isn’t the only thing coming to Ohio– the Ohio Lottery’s newest instant ticket, Gold Bar BINGO, will be also also be arriving.

If you liked our Holiday BINGO game, then this instant ticket is for Printyou! Gold Bar BINGO, based off the seasonal favorite, has a top prize amount of $300,000. Each ticket costs $5 and contains five separate games.

On the front are four BINGO games. To play these, you scratch the “Start” of Game 1. Next you scratch the number that the “Start” revealed, in order to reveal another number to scratch. This continues until you reveal an “end” to the game. Repeat this process on the other three BINGO grids on the front of the ticket.

If you scratched a straight line, it is worth $5. The 4 corners pattern is worth $25 and an X is worth $100. After seeing what you’ve won, return to the top front of the card and scratch the Gold Bar Multiplier for a chance to win 2, 5, or 10 times more!

For the final game, flip the card over and scratch the 10 money bags. Reveal a Gold Bar symbol and win the prize amount shown below it. If you reveal a Pot of Gold symbol, then you win all 10 prizes shown.

For more information on Ohio Lottery games, visit www.ohiolottery.com/Games/Index. Thanks for playing, and good luck!

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Winner Wednesday

It’s here… hump day! The following players are over the hump and they’ve got a little something refreshing to go with it: money!


Chasity Paul of Urbana won $500,000 in the top prize drawing of the 50 X The Money instant game. Chasity said these kinds of things don’t happen in her family. Guess she’ll have to change that tune because after taxes she receives $355,000. She says it is nice to not worry about things. She’s buying a new car, paying some bills and  helping her dad.  She bought the ticket in February 2015 at Winners One Stop  in Mechanicsburg.  This retailer received a $5,000 agent bonus for selling a winning qualifying ticket.

018It was a win that was worth the wait for Christopher Belcher of Grove City. He only plays  Ohio Lottery instant  games. He bought a winning TPD entry ticket on March 30,2015. On June 30, 2016, he became the top prize winner of $1 million on Ohio Millions. He chose the annuity and receives $35,500 a year for the next 20 years after mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 29 percent. He says he is looking at a new car, and his wife Pat will cut back on her full-time work hours, going to part-time. He bought his qualifying ticket from the Kroger Company. He said Pat was in more shock than he was.  He says you can’t win if you don’t play .

It’s two thumbs up for Daniel Bach of Hamilton. He won $15,000 on the instant game, $250,000 A Year for Life.

Daniel BachSteve Morris of Lancaster won $10,000 on KENO.

Angela Boggs of Grafton won $5,500, a TPD entry on Break the Bank.

Mike and Erica Coleman of Barboursville, WV crossed the Ohio River  and purchased a $5,500 TPD winning  ticket from Pump & Shop. The extra  money they say will help with their  future relocation to Kentucky.

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Sam Smith  of Perrysburg won $6,217 on  EZ Play Perfect Game 300. He played at  Fat Jacks, spending only $2.  Sam couldn’t  believe that he won when the machine blared, Winner ! Winner! He said he thought he broke something. Instead he won the jackpot.

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Jamie Ruger of Caldwell won $50,000 on $500,000,000 Spectacular.

Larry Meredith of Beaver won $1,000 on $300 Million Diamond Dazzler.

Lillie Gasaway of Chester won $25,000 on the July 5 Mega Millions game.

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Paula Wagner of Coshocton won $100,000 on Break the Bank. The retired school teacher purchased her winning ticket from the Marathon Station in Coshocton and said she has not decided how she will use her windfall.004

Harold McFann of Ironton won $50,000 on $500,000,000 Spectacular.

Congratulations to these winners!

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