In the Know – September 2015

Just in time for the long weekend, In the Know has the scoop on all of the fun you can get into with us! There’s a new KENO promotion this month, plus a lot of new winners!

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Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1383 named Retailer-of-the-Week

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Ashland– The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1383 as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 7, 2015.

Located at 1112 Cleveland Avenue, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge sold lottery on their main terminal for ten years. About six years ago, it became the first lodge in Ashland to get KENO. Recognizing that knowledge is power, the staff there stay on top of their game, making sure that they are well trained on all lottery promotions, enthusiastic about lottery games and helpful when explaining how to play them.  Vera Addington, the social quarter’s manager, says the more knowledge they have the more help and service they can offer.

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge is a member and guest-only club with about 800 members, a dedicated lottery area, two MP machines, and five EZPLAY MPNG machines. With members meeting there to play and win, friendships grow, and relationships are built that generate fun, excitement, and enthusiasm among the members and employees too.

Lottery sales representative Jennifer Madison describes the Lodge as a fun place because members have developed friendships by playing and winning together. They have many dedicated lottery players, and employees always make sure customers know and understand lottery promotions.

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. The Moose Lodge will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on September 12, 2015.

Richland 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.

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Winner Wednesday

Some call it Wednesday, others call it Hump Day, but here at the Ohio Lottery we like to call it Winner Wednesday! And this week we’ve got a whole slew of winners to feature!

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Imagine the frenzy that  Dale Walters of Sagamore Hills is in. He won $150,000 on the $500 Frenzy game!

One of the newest instants The Big $10 Ticket is proving fun for a lot of players! Robert Owsiak of Sheffield Lake bought one and multiplied his purchase 1,000 times over, winning $10,000. Steve Sheldon and Emory Ester, both from Mansfield, won $10,000 on The Big $10 Ticket. Several prizes are still available in the game, including the top prize of $500,000!

Craig Stacy of New Lexington got lucky when he won $10,000. He scratched the $20 Lucky Loot instant. Daniel Kier of Cleveland got in on the Lucky Loot fun with a $10,000 win on the instant ticket. With Lucky Loot players can win up to $5,000,000!

Deedra Gordon 1Deedra Gordon of  Piketon used to say she never wins anything, but she’ll be changing her tune now. She won $8,944 on Perfect Game 300. She bought her ticket at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Waverly.

Ever wonder how winners hit the Pick 5? Joy  Whitlow  of Cleveland can tell you how!She won $25,000 on the evening August 26, 2015 Pick 5 game. She played her husband’s birthday and added a zero. Joy says she will continue playing that number, 0-1-1-3-1.

Noelle Broucker of Canton  picked  the right numbers on August 27. She won $26,250 playing the Pick 5.

Donna Arnette of Massillon won $12,953   playing the Ohio Lottery’s EZPLAY Going Pro. Nicole Hance of Bellvue also picked up a win on Going Pro, claiming a $10,153 prize.

Teresa Bell of Cleveland won $5,800 playing the evening August 13, 2015 Pick 4.007

Rhett Herriott of Marion  won $20,000 on Maximum Fortune. That winning ticket was purchased at Fairpark Duchess #221 in Marion, Ohio.

Parnell Young of Cleveland won $5,500 and a Top Prize Drawing entry on Lotto Bucks. The TPD prize automatically qualifies Young for a chance to win $300,000 after all TPD entries are received.

With Ohio Lottery games in a variety of colors, style and price points, players can soar their way to winning.

Congratulations!

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Tuesday. A Perfect Day for a New Ticket!

Here on the Ohio Lottery blog we like to refer to Tuesday as Ticket Tuesday. It’s got a bit of a ring to it thanks to the alliteration! So, without further ado let’s talk about The Big $10 Ticket!

Big $10 ticketA lot of what you’ll want to know is right there in its name. It’s a $10 instant ticket that gives you the chance to win up to 50X your prize. If any one of your numbers match the winning numbers, you win the prize shown! Reveal a STAR symbol and win that prize automatically! This ticket also gives you the chance to maximize your prize by 10, 20 or 50 times the prize shown.

The Big $10 Ticket is available now at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer. Look for it along with all Ohio Lottery games. Don’t forget, tonight is a Mega Millions night with a jackpot of $74,000,000 up for grabs!

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East Point Place in Poland named Retailer-of-the-Week

East Point Plaza: (left to right) employee Marie Sevi, Donna Burgess, owner Anna and Johnny Doss, and manager Bryan Doss.

East Point Place: (left to right) employee Marie Sevi, Donna Burgess, owner Anna and Johnny Doss, and manager Bryan Doss.

POLAND, OH East Point Place has been named this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

Poland’s East Point Place is dedicated to both customer service and keeping a well-stocked shop full of winning opportunities. East Point Place staff members do their best to suggest new games and will always promote Lottery games with all purchases.

“This retailer offers top-notch customer service. They are pro-Lottery in all aspects of selling, and they always have a positive attitude,” says Duane Mancini, who represents the store for the Ohio Lottery.

Owners Johnny Doss and Anna Doss offer this advice to be a successful Lottery retailer: take one sale at a time; repeat customers are what build your business. These principles have grown both their customer base and sales.

East Point Plaza of Poland will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on August 22. Mahoning County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WFMJ TV-21 in Youngstown. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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Player Finds Money in Monotony

Everyday Rayshone Mitchell of Cleveland goes into Upson Shell in Euclid and places the same bet on his birthday and favorite number  0-1-2-1. On August 22, 2015 Rayshone did not break from his routine. He placed ten $1 straight bets on 0-1-2-1 for the midday Pick 4 drawing.

Rayshone said that he was at home when his brother called and asked, “did you play your birthday today?” In that moment he realized that he was a winner and that he had won a whopping $50,000!RayshoneMitchell

Rayshone says that he never strays from his numbers and plays them at the same place every time and it works out great. He won $500 on June 28, 2015 when he played his birthday 1-2-1 in the Pick 3 drawing. This guy is on fire! Congratulations on such a big win!

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Warning! Don’t Fall for Scams

bewareCongratulations! You won $500,000! It sounds so good, you want it to be true. But when the news comes in an instant message on Facebook, chances are it’s not true at all.

In the last week we’ve heard from a few of our Facebook friends who have been contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of the Ohio Lottery delivering the news that they won. These online scams are a dime a dozen these days, and we want to make sure you don’t fall for one.

Today two customers contacted us stating they received messages from someone named Deppe Chantelle Catharine. She has set up a Facebook page to look like ours, and she claims to be a representative of the lottery. Once she engages the customer via an instant message, she tells them they need to send money to receive their prize. Fortunately, neither of these customers sent money. They sent us messages instead.

How do you know it’s a scam? Here are some basics you should know.

  1. The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to pay money in order to claim a prize.
  2. We don’t call to tell you that you’ve won. In cases of our games, we don’t know who the winners are until they come forward to claim.
  3. We don’t do random drawings of our players. If you didn’t enter a drawing, that’s your first tip that it’s a scam.
  4. Look for misspelled words or incorrect use of words in the messages.

If you receive messages like these, don’t share any personal information or financial information. You can also ban the sender so he or she cannot communicate with you. You may also want to report their page to Facebook.

Most importantly, if you ever have a question or want to verify an email message you’ve received just give us a call. You can call our customer service line at 1-800-686-4208. We want our players and fans to be smart consumers. Be vigilant, and don’t fall for scams.

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