It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re going all the way back to Saturday, August 22, 1974! That date marked the 41st anniversary of the Ohio Lottery’s first drawing.
Buckeye 300 was the first game drawn by the Ohio Lottery, and the drawing itself drew a crowd of 4,000 people to the site. There was no studio for the first drawing. Instead, it was held in the parking lot of Parmatown Shopping Center in Parma, Ohio. That giant missile-looking contraption was the tumbler with all of the numbered balls inside.
After the drawing, a total of twelve winning $15,000 tickets were sold and qualified for the bonus drawing to be held the following week. Approximately 25,000 $20 winners were sold as well, which were eligible for a future $1 million drawing.