‘Tis the season

Holiday-themed scratch-off tickets are a popular gift this time of year because they are affordable and easy to purchase. We’d be remiss, though, if we didn’t send along this reminder – the Lottery is an activity for those adults over 18 who enjoy playing our games.  The children in the State of Ohio win from the purchase of lottery tickets because all Ohio Lottery profits help support K-12 education in our state. Last year, the Ohio Lottery transferred more than $728 million dollars to education in Ohio. But putting Lottery tickets in the hands of children is not only irresponsible but also unlawful.  

The Ohio Lottery is committed to responsible gaming and urges adult responsibility when considering gifts and stocking stuffers. Please, by all means, feel free to buy Ohio Lottery holiday instant tickets for the other adults on your list.  But remember, you must be 18 to purchase and play Ohio Lottery games.

So please … enjoy the holiday season and please … play responsibly.

If you, or someone you know, has a gambling problem, help is available. For help call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.

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5 Responses to ‘Tis the season

  1. John says:

    I would like to know why it seems the bigger cities get the best prizes when it comes to the Xmas instant tickets. I can remember the payouts being more frequent in the past. I purchased over $100 on Holiday Cash and the most that was won was two dollars. The total won was around $12.00. I’d like to know if the number of payouts have decreased? I would also like to know who at the Loterry knows where the winning tickts are sent.

    • jeannier1 says:

      Hi John – I understand your frustration and wish every ticket could be a winner. To answer your questions, here’s how it works: Instant tickets are printed by computer-controlled programs that apply data in the play area of each ticket. This process ensures that randomization of prizes occurs over the entire print run of each game. Tickets are then randomly packaged and distributed statewide to more than 9,000 Ohio Lottery retailers. Odds posted on the back of instant tickets reference your average chance to win based upon the entire universe of tickets printed, and the various prize structures for that game.

      The overall odds of winning are printed on the back of all instant tickets. If the OVERALL ODDS OF WINNING is 1:4.00, it does not mean a guaranteed win within every four consecutive tickets. Prizes are distributed randomly throughout the total game so that a pattern is not established. In addition, the OVERALL ODDS OF WINNING is an average of all the odds for each specific prize level available for the game. The OVERALL ODDS OF WINNING are computed by dividing the total number of tickets by the total number of prizes.

      The prize matrix for our games has not changed. It may appear that there are more winners in big cities because they are more populated than mid-sized or small cities. There are more people playing in more populated areas and therefore the odds of having winners in these areas are increased.

      And finally … no one at the Lottery knows where the winners are because, as stated above, everything is done through a computer and randomly packaged.

  2. Eric says:

    Is there any way to find out the total print runs of each ticket? Or is that a closely guarded Ohio lottery secret? 🙂

    • maryk1 says:

      Hi Eric,

      Yes we can – is there a particular ticket you’re interested in learning more about?

      • Eric says:

        I play all the $5 tickets and above… but i guess i won’t make you get the info for all of them. 🙂
        The ones I play the most are:

        Casino Royale
        Tax Free
        Break the Bank

        Big Money
        Extreme Cash
        300 Million Extravaganza

        Diamond Dazzler
        100K a year for life

        It would be a nice feature to have the print runs on the individual ticket page on ohiolottery.com but i understand that it’s nothing you are requred to do.

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