Winner Wednesday is fat after Tuesday!

Yesterday may have been a celebration of Fat Tuesday, but today is Winner Wednesday in Ohio and these players are celebrating winning green! 

Break The Bank $500,000 Winner 005Jennifer and Tim Frazier of Mansfield won $500,000 when she scratched Break the Bank. It all started because of movie night. They were looking to buy a movie, but Jennifer decided to buy a Break the Bank instant because she had seen the ads for it. She bought two tickets. Jennifer said after scratching she had to do a double take.  Winning a top prize of $500,000 is so unbelievable, she said.  After taxes, the Fraziers net $355,000. They are planning on getting a bigger house. Drug Mart receives a $5,000 bonus for selling a top prize Break the Bank.

$250,000 Winner N. Dulach 003Nicholas Dulach of Brook Park  on $250,000, a top prize on Cash Extravaganza. Nick went to get a Red Bull from Smith & Snow Shell, and he decided to buy the ticket that was in the B box. He chose B for Braylan, his son. That ticket,  Cash Extravaganza, was a top prize winner. Now Nicholas Jr, Mason, Maximus and Braylan will enjoy a trip with dad to Florida. Nick said he will invest the rest of the win. After taxes Nick nets $177,500. Smith & Snow Shell gets a $2,500 agent sales bonus for selling a top prize-winning Cash Extravaganza. His grandma, Marion  shared  in the fun of claiming the prize.

Talk about having a great weekend! Last weekend was a great one for Tammy Rieger and Maureen Bair of Stow. They were out to dinner on Wednesday when they decided to buy a Powerball  ticket where they usually play KENO at the On Tap Grille and Bar in Stow. On Friday they discovered they had a $50,000  Powerball winner.  Rini says it’s so exciting and Tammy says she’s still having a hard time believing it.  Tammy says she’s going to put a roof on her house and Rini says she’s going to visit her children who live out-of-state.003

Paul Welsh of North Ridgeville won $36,704 on the EZPLAY Going Pro game.

John Lacey of Lorain won $25,417 on the Friday evening Pick 5 game.

Jerome Andrews of Cincinnati won $100,000 on the February 5 Rolling Cash 5 game. Andrews said that he plays the Rolling Cash 5 using auto pick and when the numbers don’t come out he plays those same tickets for a couple of days. This replayed  ticket made him a  top prize winner a few days later. Andrews  purchased the ticket from Speedway. Speedway receives a $500 bonus for  selling the ticket. Andrews said,”Who wouldn’t be happy with the win?!” He is going to pay bills.

Bradley Glick of Columbus won $500,000 on Cashword.  He  receives $355,000 after federal and state taxes totaling 29 percent.

Matilda Cacic of Quaker City won $7,900 on the Pick 4.

Andrew Endrai of Lorain won $50,013 on the February 3, 2015 Rolling Cash 5 game.


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Sam’s Food Mart is 2-8-2016 Retailer -of-the-Week

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Amelia, OH – The employees at 2277 Ohio Pike in Amelia keep things fresh and new because they want to ensure the Lottery experience is an exciting one.  The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Sam’s Food Mart as this week’s Retailer-of-the-Week.

Eight years ago, Suresh Patel began selling Ohio Lottery tickets. Seeing that winning made his customers happy, Patel and his employees set out to always be upbeat and happy, keeping a smile on their faces, because they knew that kind of action led to a reciprocal response, and customers bought more tickets.

Keeping the customer interested in Lottery, his employees will educate customers, will ask for the sale, run special promotions, have second-chance drawings, keep point of sales information current, and add the newest games. Patel says keep everything new and fresh, make the Lottery experience an exciting one, and have fun.  Sam’s Food Mart carries 65 instant games with a weekly sales average of $6,573.

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. Sam’s Food Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on February 13, 2016.

Clermont County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WCPO ABC Channel 9 in Cincinnati. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Sam’s Food Mart!




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Winner Wednesday

I always associate the month of February with love and the color red because of Valentine’s Day. This first Winner Wednesday in February and because Lottery players love to win: green is the new red.

2-1-16 002Michael Brisker of Jackson “loves” the new Break the Bank instant. He has purchased at least ten of these tickets, half of them were winners. He won a $50,000 prize, saying the win is life changing. He is going to pay off his mortgage and redo his 8th grade daughter’s bedroom.
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Peter Anderko of  North Royalton is all smiles. He was also able to break the bank and won $50,000 instantly on Break the Bank.

Mark Vanderpool of Norwalk won $32,970 on the EZPLAY Perfect Game 300.

Carolyn Morehead of Magadore won $20,000 on Maximum Fortune.

Kaylee Vermillion  of Union Furnace won on Holiday Bingo. Headed on vacation, she  decided to  purchase an instant  at the Columbus airport. She carried the ticket all the while she was on vacation. When she got back she discovered that she had won $50,000. What  a way to end a vacation, a little bit relaxed and with money to go with it. She plans on buying a new car and saving  the rest.1-2-16 003

James Domoslay of Cambridge won $5,500 on Platinum Millions. His prize automatically  qualifies  him to win $5,000,000 in the final top prize drawing.

002Justin Reisinger of Washington Court House won $10,000 on $100,000 A Year for Life.


SavannaSavanna M018 Mitchell of Zanesville is the top prize winner of $250,000 on the Holiday Lucky X 10 game.  She will share with her mom and  use the rest to pay off bills and buy a car.

Rita Williams of  Cincinnati won $200,000 in the final top prize drawing of Winter Winnings. The win came at a great time she said. She has twin sons who just graduated from college. She will  be able to pay off their loans and her mortgage too.

Brandon Larrick of Cambridge won $50,000 on the Powerball game.

And Mitchell Brown won $20,000 playing KENO.


Congratulations to all of these winners!


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Groundhog Day!

FB_groundhog_day_020215Usually we leave it up to the meteorologists to forecast the weather, but today is all about the groundhog. In case you haven’t heard, famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring! I’m excited about that, even though this has been a very mild winter across Ohio. Who would’ve thought we’d see temperatures in the 50’s in February? Early spring or not, I always look forward to all of the green returning to our landscape.  Leaves returning to the trees, flowers sprouting up and a nice sea of green grass in the back yard are refreshing to see. What’s your favorite feature of spring?



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Gibson Carry Out named 2-1-2016 Retailer -of-the-Week


Springfield – The staff at Gibson Carry out loves making people happy. Owner Bill McKnight says when you make people happy they play more. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Gibson Carry Out as this week’s Retailer-of-the-Week.

Located at 1815 Columbus Avenue, McKnight has been selling Lottery tickets for 18 years. He knows what it takes to be a successful retailer.  Gibson Carry Out is a small carryout in a residential area with honest employees who are knowledgeable about all of the games they sell. The retailer also cashes all winning tickets. The business also carries fishing supplies and recently added a dedicated Lottery area for Keno. There is also a drive-thru area for Lottery players, and McKnight says he also gets a lot of walk-in traffic.

To promote Lottery the carryout hangs winning tickets because they know that players like to see winners in the store where they buy tickets. Keeping an adequate supply of tickets, they sell 65 from over the counter. The business has a weekly sales average of $11,201.

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. Family Pantry II will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on February 6, 2016.

Clark County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WHIO Channel 7 in Dayton. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Gibson Carry Out !




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Partners In Education Congratulates Shining Stars

Every month the Ohio Lottery Partners in Education program partners with schools all over Ohio to honor standout students and teachers, and we’re proud to present January’s Academic All-Stars and Teacher of the Month.

Jenna Booher is a stellar student at Milton-Union Middle School. Jenna was nominated based on her perseverance and academic growth. Her teachers say that she is a “joy to have in class”. Congratulations, Jenna!

RuckerHamilton Elementary School has two winners this month. Emily Rucker is a second grade teacher that always has a smile on her face. She is always willing to collaborate and shares her resources. Her nomination stated that she’s not only a great mentor, she is an awesome team leader. 

In the same school we have an amazing third grader, Ryan McClintock. He was nominated for his hard work in class and his kindness to his classmates. Ryan has shown much growth this school year and is a great role model to his peers. Congratulations, Ryan!McClintock


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Jamie Grob of Madeira High School is a scholastic and athletic leader. Jamie has a 3.5 G.P.A all while participating in the band, Spanish Club, varsity basketball, soccer, and softball! She has lead her team to many victories and has obtained a scholarship to Wofford University next year. Congratulations, Jamie!

The Partners in Education program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and students for their excellence in the classroom, leadership, creativity and community involvement and dedication. A teacher and student are selected from each of the lottery’s 9 regions each month during the school year.

If you know an outstanding teacher or student, nominate them by clicking here. All nominations are due by 5:00 pm on the 10th of every month.


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Thankful Thursday, with a bonus!

It’s Thursday and  of course we are thankful. Because the bonus is, it’s one day away from Friday. The following players are more thankful, they got bonuses after playing Ohio Lottery games.

Jeff Bealer of Eastlake won $20,000 on the Big $10 ticket.

Harold Arandt of Medina won $50,000 on Ruby Red 7’s.

James Ponder is still thinking about the $20,000 he won on Sapphire Blue 7s.

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Karen Bishop of Cincinnati won $20,000 on Maximum Fortune.

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Alvin and Valerie Ross of Cincinnati won $250,000/year for  20 years on Mega Fortune. A $5 million prize, they took the cash and receive a lump sum of $1,775,000 after taxes.

William Cashen of Genoa won $250,000 on Lucky Times 10.

Richard Sparks of Cleveland won $270,000 in the Jan 14, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 drawing.

James Blancett, James Burt, George  Tolbert, and Burdette Parry of Cambridge and Donald Campbell of Byesville will split $41,428 on the Going Pro  ticket that they  purchased at  the VFW Post 2901  where they are members.


Wileen Morrison won $50,000 on the January 9, 2016 Powerball drawing.

Karlee Mahaney won $50,000 on  the January 11, 2016 Powerball drawing.

Jaymish Patel of the Convenient Food Mart  in Maple Heights sold a $150,000 Powerball ticket.$150,000 PB Winner 027168 CFM

Sylvia Grimes of Akron won $25,834 on the  January 25, 2016 evening Pick 5.


Kathleen Dane of Amherst won $51,668 on the Jauary 18, 2016 midday Pick 5.

Charlie Burt of Sheffield Village won $25,000 on the January 17, 2016 evening Pick 5.

Eunice Burt of Lorain won $25,000 on the January 17, 2016 evening Pick 5.

Thomas Martin  of Wheelersburg won $20,000 on  50x The Money.

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Frank and Dorothy Czekaj of Toledo are top prize winners of the 100 X The Money game. They won  $2,000,000  in the drawing that was held  January 12, 2016.  They plan to save for their grandchildren’s college expenses.IMG_1774

Daniel Keller of Cincinnati won $500,000 in the Season’s Greetings’s Top Prize drawing held  January 12, 2016. He plans to pay off his dad’s mortgage.

Nine players won $10,000 or more playing Ohio Lottery games.  Robert  Waggoner of Canton, $10,494 on  EZPLAY Going Pro. Barry Amick of Elyria won $10,000 on Gold. Scottie Ashcraft won $10,000 on 20x The Money.  Dorothy Oxley of Bellaire  won $10,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 10. Edna Adcox of Ashland won $10,000 on Break the Bank. Charlotte Tuttle of New Washington won $10,000  on Merry Money. Kenneth Mccall of  Norton won $10,025 on KENO. Katie Keating won $10,000 on Platinum Millions. Carmen Hansford of Westlake won $10,000 on Double Doubler.

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Dennis Kish of Glouster won $5,000 on Break the Bank.

John Witt of Oregon, Ohio won $25,000 on Cashword.WHITT 001


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