See the sharks with your non-winning Instants

Looking for a weekend adventure? Visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. This month bring any non-winning Ohio Lottery instant ticket and you get a $5 discount on any regular adult or child admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The promotion runs through the end of the month, so don’t wait! There is one discount per ticket, and it’s not valid with any other discount or for special events.

Click here to learn more about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.


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DM Mart named May 16, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

20160330_141818AMHERST, OH – Darrell and Denise McCarthy, owners of DM Mart, at 167 Cleveland Avenue in Amherst, understand the value the Ohio Lottery brings to their store. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize DM Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of May 15, 2016.

DM Mart started selling tickets eleven months ago, and they are already among the top 20 retailers in the sales district. Darrell says they built the business by keeping the store clean and keeping a good lottery display of instant games. The downtown store is free standing and 90 percent of their customers are lottery players.

The business has window signage, EZPLAY game cards are near the counter and they always carry the top games and the new ones. A wall display of their winners along with a recent winning Rolling Cash 5 ticket helps keep the business growing daily. DM Mart carries 45 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $10,455.

DM Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on May 21. Lorain County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTVG ABC Channel 13 in Toledo. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations DM Mart!




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It’s all about the numbers… even 13

Fri13_3Here at the Ohio Lottery we’re all about the numbers. Can you say paraskevidekatriaphobia?  Paraskevi means Friday, dekatreeis means thirteen. Oh, never mind, just say fear of Friday the 13th. Yes, today is Friday, May 13, 2016.

So how did we get here? The superstition around fear of the number 13 or  triskaidekaphobia  dates back to Biblical origins.  Some say it was the day Eve bit the apple and the day of the great flood. Have you ever seen a 13th floor in a tall building? Some builders eliminated calling it the 13th floor. Most of the time a 13th floor is missing or it is renamed. President Roosevelt refused to travel on Friday the 13th.

Last year there were three Friday the 13ths, in February, March and November.  The good news is this is the first and the last Friday 13th for 2016! It might just be your lucky day.

Don’t be scared! Give tonight’s Mega Millions a try. The jackpot is $161 million!

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Winner Wednesday, time to celebrate!

Winner Wednesday is here and these lottery players are celebrating winning.

16 Money MultiplierTPD steph thomas.jpgTwenty-one-year-old Stephanie Thomas of Columbus won the Money Multiplier Top Prize Drawing held April 13. Thomas says she will buy a new home with her $150,000 prize. One of 15 semi-finalists, she purchased her qualifying ticket from The Kroger Company in Gahanna. Kroger’s receives a $1,500 bonus for selling the qualifying winning top prize entry ticket.

'16 Monoplou Millions_Michael Carpenter.jpgMichael Browning of Columbus won $250,000 on the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. He’s taking a vacation, paying off some bills and giving his children some money. White Hall Shell receives a $2,500 bonus for selling top  prize-winning ticket.

Erin Sipe of Kent won $65,188 on the  EZPLAY Going Pro game. 001

Tim Topp of McClure won $152,000 on the April 22 Rolling Cash 5 game. Corner Carryout in Tontogany receives a $500 agent bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Michael and Carol Carpenter of Lodi won $20,000 scratching Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. 

'16-5-2 retailer Rc5_Morgan oil.jpgMartha Stevenson of Cincinnati won  $100,000 after matching  four numbers in the Powerball drawing. She said yes to the multiplier and  doubled her $50,000 prize.

Scott Blair of Huron won $15,000 on the $250,000 a Year for Life instant game.

Trish Rohman and Karen Nagle, clerks at Morgan Oil in Struthers, sold a $120,000 Rolling Cash 5 winner on May 2. The business received a $500 bonus for selling a five-of-five winning ticket.

Joseph Howard of Southshore, Kentucky won $20,000 on Monopoly Millionaire.  He  will pay off a vehicle and buy gifts for his granddaughter.

5-9-16 003Madhukar Shah of Alliance won  $120,000 on the April 2, Rolling Cash 5. He  purchased the winning ticket using auto pick from Giant Eagle on West State Street in Alliance. The retailer receives a $500 agent bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Kevin Wren of Buckeye Lake, Ohio won $30,000 on EZPLAY Prefect Game 300.

16-5-5 Perfect gm_Kevin Wren.jpgThomas Cox of Pedro  won $12,000 on the EZ Tap game. He will give half of his winnings to his wife and use the  remainder to do some household repairs.

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John Corbett of Columbus won $10,000 on Lucky Loot.

Sherri Wells of Alliance won $10,000 on Double Cash Doubler.

Lisa Uyttenhove of Toledo won $10,000 on Easy Money.

Dorothy Grega of North Ridgeville won $20,400 playing Pick 4.

Helen Dubetz of Barberton won $41,299 on EZPLAY Going Pro.

Congratulations winners! 

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Robert’s Country Store named May 9, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

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SALEM – For three years Mr. and Mrs. Rob Murphy have owned the country store at 11999 Stratton Road in Salem. Since taking over the business, they have added a new 50 spot instant ticket counter and have increased their on-line sales by promoting games that customers may not know about. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognizeRobert’s Country Store as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of May 9, 2016.

“Our employees love coming to work and it shows. They treat customers like family and friends,” says manager Jackie Bricker, “We encourage them to play and they like that we display winning tickets. When they see winners displayed, they try playing a game that they would not normally play, hoping to become a winner. Our business is hometown local fun Start out small, see what your customers like to play and then build on that, but always carry the online games.”

Lottery sales representative Vinny Copploe says the employees are pro-lottery and fun to work with. He says they always suggest additional lottery games and put new games out on the first day. They eliminate slow rollers as they see a reduction on a game.

Robert’s Country Store has a dedicated lottery area, an outside sign and carries 51 instant games. The weekly sales average is $9,165 for instant and on-line games. Robert’s Country Store will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on May 14.

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 Robert’s Country Store



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Celebrate Mom!

carnation-143188_960_720May is a busy month for celebrations: proms, graduations, Memorial day, and moms.  Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in the month of May. It’s a day that recognizes mothers or mother figures: grandma, great-grandma, step mothers,  and foster mothers.

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries. While the origin of Mother’s day started with the ancient  Greeks and Romans, in the UK  they celebrated Mothering Sunday.

Ann Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in the US. even though she was never married nor a mother. She got the idea of honoring mothers from her mother, Anna Jarvis who was a social worker/activist  who desired to honor all mothers living or dead, paying tribute to the contributions they made. Carnations were her mom’s favorite  because Mother Jarvis thought they  symbolized a mother’s pure love.  Today a red carnation worn symbolizes a living mother and a white  carnation symbolizes a deceased mother. On May 8, 1914 President  Wilson  signed a  resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Did you know that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year?  These holiday chats with mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent according to reports on

How will you honor your mom or that person in your life who has been a mother figure? You could give her flowers, dinner, cards, chocolates, a large family gathering,  a day at the spa or a phone call. Stores and some business will operate just as they are on any other Sunday, but you might want to make that dinner reservation  in advance, instead of just showing up. Be as creative as you like, just  don’t  forget to show your love and appreciation.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Ohio Lottery !

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Recognizing April All Stars

Partners in Education is excited to present April’s Teachers of the Month and Academic All Stars. Each month the best and the brightest in each region are nominated for this award and one winner is chosen. Here they are.

Our first all star is Makayla Williams, a fourth grade student at Pinnacle Academy in Cuyahoga County.  “She is a strong leader and a role model for her peers. Makayla strives for academic excellence and has shown amazing growth this year,” said Heather Kurtz, teacher.

Juan Maldonado is a student at Paulding Elementary in Paulding County. “Juan is a good worker.  His homeroom teacher has seen a lot of improvement in his daily work. He is taking pride especially in his spelling,” said teacher Jan Ouellette.

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Carley Shea

Academic All Star Carley Shea is a student at Madeira High School in Hamilton County. She is a member of the basketball, softball, and soccer teams, a Key Club member and president of Students Unified for Uganda. Shea is described as a “multifaceted young lady”. She is truly a team player on and off the court.

Katelyn Lanning is an eighth grade student at Teays Valley West Middle School in Pickaway County. Lanning is described as a hard worker who stays on task and completes her work in a timely fashion.  She is always willing to help other students and assist her peers whenever she is needed.

All star Frank Corrao is a third grader at Cardinal Intermediate School in Geauga County.

“Frank strives to achieve and learn as much in a day as he can.  He is always on task, works hard and is determined to meet goals set for him.  He currently has a 3.75 GPA.  Frank is very responsible with his work and submits assignments by their due dates,” says Melissa Cardinal, a teacher at the school.

April’s first Teacher of the Month is Michael Kurtz. Kurtz is a fifth grade science teacher at Pinnacle Academy in Cuyahoga County. He is described as a knowledgeable, hard worker who encourages students to try their best.  He takes the time to help struggling students with math and reading.  He is willing to help his fellow teachers with their plans and the scope and sequence of those lesson plans.

Bethany Smith is a kindergarten teacher at Paulding Elementary in Paulding County.
Smith is an enthusiastic teacher who makes learning both fun and exciting for students.  She volunteers her time to help with various activities at the school and she works hard to make an impact on her students.

Amy Merz teaches fourth grade math/science, at Sayler Park School located in Hamilton County.  Regina Hensley, a secretary at the school, says that Merz is an excellent teacher.  Her students adore her and she is wonderful at explaining lessons in a manner and pace that students can “more readily absorb.”  She helped the school obtain a grant that funded a school garden and teaches the students to plant seeds and nurture them just as she nurtures each student.

Karen Schutte is a teacher at Hamilton Elementary School located in Franklin County. A fellow staff member describes Schutte as a dedicated teacher who makes certain that her students have a “well-rounded” education. Schutte coordinates field trips at the school and helps to strengthen the school community by engaging students in fun and educational experiences.

Beth Davis is a theology teacher  for students in grades sixth through eighth, at Holy Trinity School, in Lorain County. “Mrs. Davis is not only involved in the classroom, but has also taken on after school activities as well as leadership opportunities inside the building,” says Principal Modzeleski. “ In the classroom she continues to invent new ways to assess her children,” says Principal Modzeleski.

Congratulations to all of the April nominees and winners! 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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