In the Know January 2017

It’s a new year, and we’re kicking it off with new games and a brand new look for In the Know! From new instant tickets to a 30th anniversary for Cash Explosion, there’s plenty of fun to get in on in January.

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Winner Wednesday

The New Year is already bringing luck to the following Ohio Lottery players!

Kenneth Nagy of Toledo buys tickets at Lottery Express every week. It paid off on January 11 when he matched all five numbers in the Rolling Cash 5 game. Nagy won $110,000 and Lottery Express won too, they get a $500 agent selling bonus. Nagy says he is the lucky one in his family. He was on the Cash Explosion Show five years ago. nagy-002

And talk about luck, Friday the 13th turned out to be a life changing day for Fairview Park resident, Wayne Fox.  Fox made a clever move when he bought a $10 lottery instant on his way to work. The ticket, $250,000 A year for Life  will bring him $177,500 yearly after mandatory federal and state taxes of 29%. Fox said Friday the 13th was his lucky day. It was a lucky day for  Convenient Food Mart in North Olmsted, too. They get a $10,000 bonus for selling a top prize-winning ticket.

Michela Lindhe of Wadsworth won $50,000 on Cashword Tripler. Lindhe purchased the winner from Saini Stores in Wadsworth.

Eric Louasy of Parma Heights won $15,428 on EZ PLAY Perfect Game 300.

Janet Winters of Streetsboro won $10,000 on the $5 instant Hit $500. Winters purchased the winner from Giant Eagle in Streetsboro.

Steven Peda of Highland Heights won $10,000 on the $20 instant $5,000,000 Multiplier  Spectacular.  Peda purchased the winner from Wilson Mills Marathon in Highland Heights.


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BB’s Mini Mart named January 16, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

ASHTABULA, OH – Promotion and education are the tools Mahmud Farah uses to 20161215_102104_resized_3promote his lottery business. Located at 515 ½ Center Street in Ashtabula, he’s been selling Lottery over 17 years.  The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize B B’s Mini Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of January 16, 2017.

Though he’s been selling Lottery for over a decade, Farah does not take anything for granted. He says promotion and education are the tools that he would recommend to a new and upcoming retailer. He describes B B’s Minimart as a clean and organized business with friendly service and educated employees.

Farah attributes the success of his business to keeping customers informed of new games, having a dedicated lottery play area and posting advertisements inside and outside the store. A family owned and operated business, Farah says that they built the business by making sure they continued to promote and advertise.

“I personally make sure each employee is fully trained on each game the lottery provides and I make sure my customers are comfortable playing the games,” he said, “When a customer wins, I make sure that other customers know about the wins, which results in higher sales.”

Farah says retailers should always have new games out, ask for the sale and try different and new ways to increase sales. The business carries 53 instant games and their average sales for on-line and instants are $11,000.

B B’s Mini Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on January 21. Ashtabula County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WFMJ NBC Channel 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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Lucky Day?

Fri13_3I’m not really superstitious, though I did walk under a ladder once and later in the day I tripped and fell face first down some stairs. I don’t think it was Friday the 13th, so I’ll blame the ladder… or just pure coincidence!

Regardless of the day, we know our players have some of their own superstitions. Dates always get a lot of play when it comes to Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5. I wonder who is playing 0-1-3 today? Maybe tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is trying to tell us something.  The jackpot is $137 million. Funny how that 1 and 3 seem to be showing up a lot. Who knows, maybe it’s a sign of a lucky night!

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Celebrating 30 years of Cash Explosion

The calendar has turned once again and here we are entering 2017. Can you believe it marks the 30th year of our Cash Explosion show? The first Cash Explosion show aired on February 7, 1987. Over the years the show has had a few different names and different hosts, but the one thing that remains the same is the contestants. We love to see real Ohioans on the show every week winning big, and the chances to win big are going to be even more exciting this year.

ce30_goldAs part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, Cash Explosion has added new prizes to the game board. You might find a new TV, a laptop, smartphone or gift cards!

A new 30th Anniversary Cash Explosion ticket will also be coming to your local Lottery retailer this month! This special ticket will feature a 30th Anniversary symbol which will get you a chance to be in a special drawing to become a contestant on the 30th anniversary show for an incredible grand prize! All entries for the anniversary show must be submitted online.

Once we hit June, watch out because Cash Explosion is getting extra-large. Players will have their best chance yet to get on Cash Explosion. Special shows will air June 3 through August 19, leading right up to the 30th Anniversary Cash Explosion show.

It’s going to be an exciting year!



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Winner Wednesday

It’s the second Winner Wednesday of the new year and we’ve got some great winning stories.  Lottery players from across the state have claimed more than $1,000,000 in wins.

Corey Simpson of Lima won $500,000 on the The Big $10 Ticket Top Prize Drawing. He bought the ticket on September 3, 2015 from Cole Food Mart. His plans are to pay off his wife’s car and use the windfall to pay for college tuition for himself and his children.

Richard Matkovich of Hubbard started New Year’s Day off right. He won $100,000 on the January 1, Rolling Cash 5 game. He’s buying his wife a new car, a new refrigerator and a new fence for the house. Circle K receives a $500 agent sales bonus.  002

Mary Lee Burgess of Norwood won $100,000 after matching all five numbers on the January 9, 2017 Rolling Cash 5 game. She purchased the manual pick ticket from Remke in Cincinnati. Remke receives a $500 agent sales bonus.

Robert Baeslack of Westlake had one of two  matching tickets sold in the September 17, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 game.  He won $107,501. Picking the numbers, he purchased the winning ticket from Deli 4 Less in Westlake. Deli 4 Less receives a $500 agent sales bonus. The holder of the other winning ticket sold at Junction Beverage & Drive Thru in Amherst has not claimed. Junction Beverage & Drive Thru also received a $500 agent sales bonus.

krystal-walkerKrystal Waller of Trotwood won $25,208.50 playing the Pick 5 game. She’s using the windfall  for car repairs and to pay off bills and car repairs.

Christopher King of south Amherst won $50,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 10. He bought the ticket from Main Street Market.

Gerald Hood of Euclid won $50,000 the 40th Anniversary Millions game. He bought the ticket from Euclid Mini Mart.


Robert Johnson of Belpre won $20,000 on the $300 Million Diamond Dazzler.

Jason Hippely of Sandusky won $10,000 on $1,000,000 Jackpot.

Luz Ocasio of Spencer Ohio won $10,000 on 5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular.

Tracy Sapienza of Grafton won $10,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 20.

Elisa Marchi-Roberts of Columbus won $12,520 on EZPLAY Going Pro.

williamsJennifer Holbrook Williams of Findlay won $10,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 20. She and husband Tim were lucky at the casino so they decided to keep it going. It worked. They bought the ticket at C Store in Willowick.


melanie-morganMelanie Morgan of Bellefontaine, Ohio won $5,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 20.




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Prize Packed Instant Tickets are Coming

Looking for some new instant tickets to scratch and win? Coming January 11, we have just the thing for you. Four new tickets will arrive at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailers.

fb_onsale_011117Try your luck with $1 Luck of the Irish Tripler. Just scratch and match in order to win the $5,000 top prize on this game. The $2 ticket 777  has a top prize of $20,000. The winning doesn’t stop there either. Scratch the yellow brick $5 Road to Riches to find your way to win up to $300,000. This ticket is loaded with prizes from $100 to $10,000!

The long-awaited $30 Max the Money ticket has an 81% prize payout, the highest payout in Ohio’s history. You have some big chances to win with top prizes ranging from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. Did I mention there are $230,000,000 in prizes from $100 to $50,000?  This ticket is overflowing with prizes!  Make sure you get in on the action!

Click here for a look at all of our current Ohio Lottery instant tickets.

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