“Wins”day!

Thomas BurkhartWhat day is it? It’s “Winsday”! Or Wednesday. No matter how you look at it, every day is a winning day at the Ohio Lottery and today  is no different. Thomas Burkhart of Danville rolled into our Canton regional office on a cloud! He won $297,500 playing Rolling Cash 5! Thomas won in the February 2, 2015 drawing.

Keep on scrolling down for a little double take, sort of. Within a matter of hours, the Columbus regional office handled two claims on $500,000,000 Spectacular! Not only was it the same ticket, the winners had both won the same prize!

Victoria from Newark scratched a $50,000 winner on $500,000,000 Spectacular. Just to the north, Chester from Mansfield scratched the same ticket and won the same prize!

Congratulations to all of our winners! Don’t forget about tonight’s Powerball drawing! You could win $317,000,000!

Victoria Kahn

Chester Elliot

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February Fun on In the Know

Cuddle up next to someone you love and enjoy In the Know! You’ll find out who is winning big and what games you’ll want to get in on this month!

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One Stop 22 is this week’s Retailer-of-the-Week

One Stop 22 of Washington Court house:  owner Jit Maniya and employees Natawsha and Will.

One Stop 22 of Washington Court house: (Left to right) owner Jit Maniya and employees Natawsha and Will.

There’s a lot to celebrate at One Stop 22 of Washington Court House, which is this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the Week.

The store’s owner, Jitendra Maniya, re-built his business after suffering a fire in 2011. He held re-opening promotions and included the Ohio Lottery in that.  He continues to make the Lottery a prominent part of his business, carrying all available Ohio Lottery games.  He’s a stickler for details and studies his Lottery reports closely.  He wants to be the number one retailer in his community!

“Make certain your staff is informed, so that they may keep your customers informed on new and upcoming games and promotions,” he says, offering advice to his fellow retailers.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. One Stop 22 will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on Feb. 7.

 

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Beware of Scams

There is one very simple thing you should know about winning the lottery. The Ohio Lottery will never call you or send you a letter or email to say that you have won something then ask you to send money or give private information to claim the prize. That said, there are scam artists out there that will do those very things.

Just this week a customer stopped in one of our regional offices with an email he received. This one had a new take on it. The letter cited news stories about lottery prizes that have gone unclaimed, then went on to say that the recipient’s email had been chosen in a random lottery to share in the unclaimed prizes in Ohio. All he had to do was pay $200 and give some personal information. Aside from the address of the Ohio Lottery offices, all of the other information is false. Even the claim that the unclaimed prizes would be distributed is false. In Ohio, unclaimed prizes are considered lottery profit which helps support education in the state.

Unfortunately these kind of scams are common. Sometimes they come in the form of a phone call, sometimes in the mail and sometimes in email.  Always remember one thing. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you receive a phone call or email from someone telling you that you’ve won a prize, be careful. Be wary of any caller that asks you to provide personal information like bank accounts or social security numbers. Never send money to someone in exchange for a cash prize. The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to pay in order to claim a prize.

You can always check with us if you get a phone call or email claiming that you have won. You can reach our customer service hotline at 800-686-4208.

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Hello, Monday! Hello, winners!

We love when the week starts like this! It proves that there are winners every day with theOhio Lottery, and they truly are everywhere!

Group KENOWe kick off the tour of winners in Cincinnati. What happens when you play KENO with friends? You win together! Craig Leming, Dena Stein and Jeffery Speed won $50,014 playing KENO.

Head north to The Upper Deck in Berea where Kyle Sonnen of Garfield Heights hit it big on KENO too. He won $12,500 playing KENO at The Upper Deck in Berea.

Kyle Sonnen

KENO players aren’t the only big winners today.  Edward Overmeier of Bryan got a Frosty Fun ticket from his wife for his 60th birthday, and it will be a gift he’ll never forget!

Edward Overmeier Edward won $25,000 to celebrate his milestone birthday. His ticket was purchased at Archbold One Stop Center.

And don’t forget about our EZPLAY games! Andrew Lippencott found a whole lot of luck in one of our EZPLAY Progressive Games. He won $6,608 playing EZPLAY Rock’n 777s. Congratulations to all of our big winners!

Andrew lipencott

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Hilltop Quick Stop #2 named Retailer-of-the-Week

Left to right) Hilltop Quick Stop #2 employees Julie, Pete Ganino, owner; and Kerisa.

(Left to right) Hilltop Quick Stop #2 employees Julie, Pete Ganino, owner; and Kerisa.

Hilltop Quick Stop #2 of Cincinnati is this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the Week.

Owners Sam Ganino and Pete Ganino display a variety of signage throughout the store to promote Lottery.  They are always willing to cash winning tickets, always willing to refill games for customers and always maintain their inventory.  They’re a family-friendly store and their staff enjoys sharing updates on the Lottery and its winners. They know that Lottery sales can have a positive impact on the store’s overall sales.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm.  Hilltop Quick Stop #2 will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on Jan. 31.

If you shop at Hilltop Quick Stop #2, offer your personal congratulations to the hard-working staff!

 

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Winter Winners

It’s a cold and snowy day, but that doesn’t stop our winners from coming out to make their claims! They’re smiling so much their cheeks hurt! Grace P5 002

Grace may have been born in Mississippi, but she’s excited to be a Buckeye today! She won $25,208.50 playing Pick 5. She bought her winning ticket at Simon’s Beverage in Lakewood.

tony gessellsAnthony Gessell picked up a $2 Frosty Fun ticket at the Speedway in Logan, and then he zipped on down to our regional office to claim his $25,000 prize! Tony says he’ll be using his winnings to pay off bills.

Congratulations to Tony and Grace! We hope you enjoy your big wins!

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