In the Know – March 2017

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One Stop is March 27, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

AVON – How did the owner of One Stop build his Lottery business in six years? By listening. Greg Karger heard the suggestions of his lottery sales representative and paid attention to the games his customers liked too. At 37565 Colorado Avenue in Avon, the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize One Stop as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of March 27, 2017.

He describes the business as efficient with a friendly environment and knowledgeable employees. He promotes Lottery by discussing new games with the customer. He uses all Lottery marketing materials to alert customers of current and upcoming promotions. He knows his customers by name and the games they enjoy. He hangs all winners’ posters in a highly visible spot for all to see and keeps all games in stock.

“You must educate your customers on the most current games and be patient in order to build your Lottery business,” he said.

Sales representative Brandon Antz recommended One Stop because they are always willing to go that extra step for their customers. Antz says they take a proactive approach to working with the Lottery and they are looking forward to a Lottery presence expansion in the store after an upcoming renovation.

One Stop carries 50 instant games over the counter. Weekly sales average $8,000 for instant and on-line games.

One Stop will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on April 1. 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 One Stop!



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Winner Wednesday

This Winner Wednesday is full of big wins; these Ohio Lottery players claimed over $6,000,000 in prizes in the last week!

Thomas Broadstock of Port Clinton won $1 million after matching  five numbers and no Mega Ball number in the March 10 Mega Millions game. Broadstock said the win was pretty overwhelming  for him and Teresa. He receives $710,000 after taxes, and right now he and his wife are taking their time about deciding how to spend their windfall. Rich’s Drive Thru in Port Clinton won too. They received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a second tier prize-winning ticket.

Carolyn Sesser of Newark won the  top prize drawing in the $5 Million Mega Fortune game. There were 18 semifinalists in the February 27, 2017 drawing. The game’s $5 million top prize, $250,000 yearly for 20 years had a cash option.  Sesser chose the annuity. After mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 29 percent, she receives  $177,500 a year for the next 20 years.  Carolyn purchased her qualifying entry ticket on December 28, 2015 from The Kroger Co in Newark. The Kroger Co. receives a $10,000 agent bonus for selling the qualifying winning ticket.

Johnny Maynard of Crookville, Tennessee won $10,000 on the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club ticket.

Richard Wallhead of Willard won $100,000 after saying yes to the KICKER number on his March 8, 2017 Classic Lotto ticket.  Wallhead said he plays all of the big games, and this was his first big win.  He purchased the ticket from Mickey Mart in Willard. Mickey Mart received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a top prize-winning KICKER ticket.

Jennifer Morrison of Cardington won $25,000 on the EZPLAY Wild Card Joker. She purchased the ticket from the Pit Stop 95.

Cynthia Montle-Glass of Guysville won $10,000 on $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular.

David Alvarez of South Amherst won $5,100 on the March 16 evening Pick 4.

Chapin Coerdt of Chagrin Falls won $6,324 on the EZPLAY Perfect Game 300.

Congratulations Winners !


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Twenty 20’s generates six figure Jackpot

On February 24, there was plenty of play at retailers across the state on the EZPlay Twenty 20’s game. The progressive jackpot was growing fast and had topped $800,000. At Wing Warehouse in Norton, many patrons were playing together. Bill Dorsey wanted in, but his buddies at the end of the bar had already purchased a ticket. So Bill purchased his own, and he’s glad he did.

“It said winner, winner and I’m thinking it’s $500 or something. So I walked the ticket over to the scanner and scanned it and all of a sudden six figures come up. And I was like wow and at that moment I didn’t really know what to do, but I screamed. I screamed so loud they came out of the kitchen, they thought something was wrong,” Bill said.

His winning ticket was worth $831,680! It’s a life changer for Bill. Watch his story here!


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Brookfield Sparkle Market is March 20, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

BROOKFIELD – Making sure that Lottery customers are treated in a courteous manner  and greeted with a smile, the owners of Brookfield Sparkle Market realize knowing about Lottery games is important too. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Modarelli own the business at 7229 Warren Sharon Road in Brookfield. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Brookfield Sparkle Market as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of March 20, 2017.

They have sold Lottery for 12 years and Theresa Modarelli says that having the Lottery easily accessible for customers and providing service with smiles is how they built their business. Timing is everything: employees know about new games, and draw times for all on-line games. It matters, she said. Keeping inventory fresh, having a team that knows how to operate the Lottery terminal effectively and efficiently is part of their business’ success. Theresa says no customer wants mistakes on their tickets. Train your team to know the operations of the terminal.

“Always have the sales team knowledgeable of new games and know the nights for the online drawings,” she said.  “Let customers know of new games and keep inventory fresh by having the instant vending machine full at all times.”

Lottery sales representative Reanna Snivley says the Market is always willing to try something new. She adds that having the machine full is a priority; customers are treated well and return to play again. Brookside Sparkle Market carries 65 games from over the counter and through the Winstation unit. Weekly sales average $9,025 for on-line and instant games.

Brookfield Sparkle Market will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on March 25. Mahoning 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.

Congratulations Brookfield Sparkle Market!




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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s that day when everyone, Irish or not, dresses in green and hopes to feel the luck of the Irish reign over them. We bet you’re feeling lucky today, so we thought we’d remind you of what you could win this weekend.

There’s a $131 million Mega Millions jackpot you could win tonight, and a $141 million Powerball jackpot you could win tomorrow night! That would put any leprechaun’s pot of gold to shame.

If you’re keeping with an Irish theme today, try Luck of the Irish Tripler. For just $1 you could scratch your way to $5,000! Click here for more details on Luck of the Irish Tripler and other instant games.

Have a lucky day! At the very least it’s Friday, so we can all feel lucky for that!

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Winner Wednesday

It’s another week of Winner Wednesday. The following players will add their names to the list of Ohio Lottery  winners.

The Ohio Lottery’s newest EZPLAY Twenty 20’s  game is making big winners!  You could be next! As of  03/15/17 at 09:40 am, the current progressive jackpot is $529,160.

William Dorsey of Copley was all smiles after winning $831,680 on this EZPLAY game. He purchased the ticket at  Wing Warehouse in Norton. After taxes Dorsey receives $590,492.




Charles Valentine of Coshocton won  $94,070 playing Twenty 20’s. He bought his ticket at Mall Stop Mini Shop in New Philadelphia. After taxes he receives $66,789.

Robin Philon of Sandusky won $5,200 playing the  March 11 evening Pick 4.


Kristine Stanley of Lorain won $10,000 on the $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular.


Congratulations to these winners!

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Five Corner Deli is March 13, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

AKRON – When you’ve been a retailer for 17 years you learn patience. Bassam Abed owns Five Corner Deli at 500 Fouse Avenue in Akron, and that is how he built his business, by being patient. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Five Corner Deli as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of March 13, 2017.

When you play the lottery games yourself, you understand them. It’s pretty easy to promote and talk about them with confidence and enthusiasm explaining to your customers until they fully understand how instant and on-line games are played.   Describing the Lottery as exciting Abed said he knows the games his customers like to play and how they like to play them. He says his customers are like family. Having the Lottery and the possibility of winning brings at least 20 percent of the business to his location, he said.

“Individually, I know what my customers like to play, and winning customers spend extra money in the store and continue to come back day after day,” he said.

He is an owner that always promotes lottery and is willing to help in any way that he can, says Mike Nicodemo,  his Lottery  sales representative.  Five Corner Deli carries 38 instant tickets with a weekly sales average of $12,704 for instant and online games.

Five Corner Deli will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on March 18. Summit 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 Five Corner Deli!





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