February Fun on In the Know

Cuddle up next to someone you love and enjoy In the Know! You’ll find out who is winning big and what games you’ll want to get in on this month!

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Tornabene’s Drive Thru named Retailer-of-the-Week

Doug Grimes (right) and store manager Amanda Hambleton are part of the success of Tornabene's Drive Thru of Dover.

Owner Doug Grimes (right) and store manager Amanda Hambleton are part of the success of Tornabene’s Drive Thru of Dover.

Tornabene’s Drive Thru of Dover has been named the Ohio Lottery’s Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of Feb. 23, 2015.

An Ohio Lottery retailer for more than 39 years, Tornabene’s Drive Thru customers have been coming to the store for years; so, the staff knows customers well.

Owners Doug and Mary Ann Grimes train employees on every aspect of Lottery. The store has top-notch displays and keeps its Lottery area clean and neat.

To excel, Doug Grimes says that Ohio Lottery retailers need to know the games, provide a wide variety of products, encourage winner awareness and offer good customer service.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm.  Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff.

Tornabene’s Drive Thru will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on Feb. 28. Residents of Tuscarawas County can tune into Cash Explosion® on WFMJ, Channel 21 in Youngstown. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

We thank Doug and Mary Ann Grimes and all the employees of  Tornabene’s Drive Thru for their many years of service to the Dover community!

 

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He’s Found his Ticket!

Do you have a favorite ticket? Ask Eric Drumm what his favorite ticket is, and I’m pretty sure he’ll say it’s 50X the Money!

Eric Dumm (2)Back in October he came into the Dayton regional office to claim a $20,000 prize on 50X the Money. He was shocked and excited then, and it hasn’t worn off. He came back to the regional office today to claim another $20,000 prize on 50X the Money!

Eric says he’s not sure what he’ll use the money for, he’s still trying to get over the shock of winning $20,000 twice! Congratulations, Eric!

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A treasured part of Ohio Lottery history

14-At work for Super Lotto debut--Hallie Jones shows photo of her sonIt’s not every day that the Lottery receives a call from a fan offering to provide us with a photo steeped in Ohio Lottery history. Well, that’s what happened when Hallie Jones of Highland Heights called. She had a photo  she said was worthy to share with all Ohioans. The proud mom shared a picture with her son Kenneth Jones (far right) and his co-workers at a local security firm. Their job was to guard a U.S. currency display during the debut of Super Lotto back in February 1986.  It was one of the Ohio Lottery’s earliest in-state lotto game, and it went on sale 29 years ago today.

We’re grateful for her generosity.

Do you have any stories or images surrounding the Lottery’s landmark events? Send us a note. We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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Jimmy D’s Lil Store named Retailer-of-the-Week

Debbie Belt, owner of Jimmy D's Lil Store of Mantua.

Debbie Belt, owner of Jimmy D’s Lil Store of Mantua.

MANTUA, OH – Jimmy D’s Lil Store of Mantua has been named the Ohio Lottery’s Retailer-of-the Week for the week of Feb. 16, 2015.

Honesty, enthusiasm for their customers and offering a full selection of Lottery games are among the reasons for Jimmy D’s Lil Store’s success.

Store owners Jim and Deborah Belt host their own in-store promotions to draw attention to new games. They post news of big winners in the front window of their store. They’re known for promoting EZPLAY® Games, the Ohio Lottery’s growing category of instant/online games.  They display examples of each EZPLAY® Game, placing them behind the counter for customers to see.

Tune into Cash Explosion® on Feb. 21 to see Jimmy D’s Lil Store recognized for their work. If you live in Portage County,  watch Cash Explosion® on WEWS TV5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Clark’s IGA named Retailer-of-the-Week

Clark IGA of Junction City.  Louis Clark, owner.

Clark’s IGA of Junction City. Louis Clark, owner.

Louis Clark, the owner of Clark’s IGA in Junction City, has been selling Ohio Lottery games for more than 28 years. His longevity and experience has earned his store the distinction of being named this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

Clark’s IGA makes Lottery visible, with new games displayed separately, in high traffic areas. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, makings sure they answer their customers’ Lottery questions. The store always cashes winning tickets.

After promotion and visibility, Louis says that inventory monitoring and Lottery account balancing are fundamental to the store’s success.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Clark’s IGA will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on Feb. 14.

 

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Gary Picks up his Biggest Win Ever!

We have a lot of faithful Ohio Lottery players. They’re regulars. Some are strictly draw game fans, some only play KENO, some play instants and some play a little bit of everything!

Gary TumblesonGary Tumbleson is one of those loyal players. He says he’s never had a big win until now. He stopped in Weaver’s West in Portsmouth and picked up a 10X the Money ticket. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a $10,000 winner staring back at him.

Gary hasn’t decided yet what he’s going to do with the money, but he’s pretty certain that some of it will go back to the Lottery to purchase another ticket or two! Congratulations, Gary!

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“Wins”day!

Thomas BurkhartWhat day is it? It’s “Winsday”! Or Wednesday. No matter how you look at it, every day is a winning day at the Ohio Lottery and today  is no different. Thomas Burkhart of Danville rolled into our Canton regional office on a cloud! He won $297,500 playing Rolling Cash 5! Thomas won in the February 2, 2015 drawing.

Keep on scrolling down for a little double take, sort of. Within a matter of hours, the Columbus regional office handled two claims on $500,000,000 Spectacular! Not only was it the same ticket, the winners had both won the same prize!

Victoria from Newark scratched a $50,000 winner on $500,000,000 Spectacular. Just to the north, Chester from Mansfield scratched the same ticket and won the same prize!

Congratulations to all of our winners! Don’t forget about tonight’s Powerball drawing! You could win $317,000,000!

Victoria Kahn

Chester Elliot

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