Winner Wednesday is Here!

Robert and Mary Hites Winners of Twenty 20's Game 002It was a winning week all across Ohio! Winner Wednesday is your chance to check out a few of those epic winner stories.

Mary and Robert Hites of Jefferson have played Ohio Lottery games for years, but they were unaware of the EZPLAY® Progressive game even as the jackpot soared to over $1 million. Mary said a voice in a dream told her to play Twenty 20’s on her grandson’s birthday. When she realized Twenty 20’s was a game, and her grandson’s birthday happened to be that day, Mary decided to buy a ticket. Listening to her dream ended with her winning the $1,612,840 Twenty 20’s jackpot! They plan to split the winnings to buy a house and pay off all their bills.JoshuaKarl

It was a good week to play EZPlay! Joshua J Karl and Dylan McFarland shared in a $25,000 EZPlay Buckeye Bling prize.

The winner of the January 10, 2018 Classic Lotto drawing claimed their prize in Trust. Michael J. Shapiro is Trustee of “The 2018 Classic Collection Trust”. The winner chose the $13.4 million cash option in lieu of the annuity prize of $26.8 million.

Congratulations to Kyle Castillo from Bryan! He purchased his winning $10,000 Willy Wonka Golden Ticket at the West Bryan Main Stop. Kyle Castillo_Willu Wonka2

Robert Thrasher of Elyria scratched a winning Extreme Millions instant ticket and won $10,000.

Cheryl Swick of Portsmouth won $10,000 on the $300 Million Diamond Dazzler instant ticket.

Wilfredo Arroyo of Lorain won $10,000 on the $5 Million Jackpot instant ticket.

Samson Primm of Cleveland won $50,000 on the $500,000,000 Spectacular ticket.

While waiting in the lobby of the Frank J. Lausche building, Kenneth Oliver of Cleveland, purchased a $5 Million Jackpot instant ticket and won $10,000!

Congrats to all of this week’s winners!!


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Join us for The Lucky One Party!

There’s a new game on the block and it’s called The Lucky One! The Lucky One drawings happen every four minutes between KENO drawings. The game is as simple as placing a $1 to $50 wager on one number between 1 and 36, or choosing the number to be high or low or odd or even.


Starting February 22 through April 1, you can join the fun at one of our Lucky One parties, in 55 locations all over Ohio. Click here for the complete list of locations, dates and times. Join us if you haven’t played the game, or even if you have, and you want to try your luck on us. Each participant will receive one free play on The Lucky One, and have a chance to win prizes, including a $50 Visa gift card. Check out for a list of dates, times and retail locations.

Follow us on Twitter and you’ll be able to participate in The Lucky One giveaways from March 5 through April 1. Find one of the stand-up cardboard cutouts of Lucky Lucy at one of more than 50 Ohio Lottery retail locations across the state and snap a selfie with her.  Post it to Twitter with the hashtag #LuckyOne. The Twitter post with the most retweets each week will win prizes ranging from The Lucky One gift baskets to a $250 Visa gift card.

Click here for more information on how to play the Lucky One. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for  more details on the Lucky One Twitter giveaways!


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C Stop Convenient Store is named the Feb. 5 Retailer-of-the-Week

COLLINS – Amazing customer service is served with a smile at C Stop Convenient Store, this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer of the Week. Located in Collins at 2761 US Rt. 20, the store is a important part of their community. ROTW020518

Their friendly employees get to know their customers so that they can provide them with the best service. Not only do they suggest new products, but they also let customers know ahead of time when new games are going to be released and invite customers back to try something new.

Promotion of Lottery games is a major focal point for the store. C Stop has a second-chance drawing on the first of each month, a dedicated playing area with a KENO screen, and 2 boards with winning tickets displayed.

To be a successful Lottery agent, store manager Gina Arthur offers this this advice: “Get involved! Stay up-to-date on games and promotions. Suggestive selling is a great way to build sales,” she says. “Assisting the customer with their ticket choice is helpful and leads to more sales.”

C Stop Convenient averages $10,443 in weekly sales of instant and on-line games, and carries 47 instant tickets from over the counter.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. C Stop Convenient Store will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Huron County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WKYC TV 3 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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January Partners in Education Winners

Ohio is full of amazing teachers and students, and every month Partners in Education recognizes a few of those individuals. Here are the January Teacher of the Month and Academic All Star recipients.


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Teacher of the Month Shelly Byers, teaches at Liberty Union Thurston Elementary. Byers is described as going “above and beyond” in the school. She can be seen at volleyball, basketball, and softball games cheering her students on to a victory.  Shelly is a dedicated caring teacher who makes a difference in the children’s lives.

Taylor Bowling, a teacher at Morrison-Gordon Elementary, is described as a “wonderful kindergarten teacher” who engages her students and makes learning fun. Taylor is loved by parents and students alike, and is a “wonderful asset” to the school and district.

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Taylor Bowling

Jennifer Mollenkopf is a band, choir, and drama teacher at East Palestine Middle School. “In addition to the band and choir, Mrs. Mollenkopf does a fantastic job with the drama department.  From one act plays to musicals, our drama department is one of the best in the area and provides entertainment for our community to enjoy,” says Elizabeth Sherry, a guidance counselor at the school.

Our first Academic All Star for January is Katherine Burtch, a kind, hard working fourth grader at Paulding Elementary. Katherine is described as a “pleasure to have in class.”

Lily Brazie, a student at Milton-Union Middle School, is known to try her best in school and is described as “helpful and attentive.”  She encourages other students around her to try their best and do well in school.

Ivan Smith, is a seventh grader at Teays Valley West Middle School. The school’s assistant principal Allison Swanger says, “Ivan is always happy, positive, and a joy to be around.”

Isabella Folio, an Academic All Star recipient from James A. Garfield Middle School, is described as an extraordinary student. Vanessa Shafer, a math teacher in the building, says, “Academically, she strives for perfection, demonstrates strong analytical skills and challenges herself to learn beyond course content.”

Hannah Cunningham is an Academic All Star that attends East Palestine Middle School. She is on the honor roll and has good attendance.  “Her work ethic in the classroom is fantastic.  In addition to being an asset in the classroom, Hannah is an amazing athlete,” says Elizabeth Sherry, a guidance counselor at the school.

Congratulations to this month’s winners! Keep up the good work!

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Winner Wednesday

Happy Winner Wednesday Ohio! This week brought some big winners, and here are their stories.

Hansdieter Gewitsch Jr. of Cardington was the winner of $10,000 after he scratched the $500,000 Cashword instant ticket.

HansGerAnita Stearns  and Alvin Morris of Sandusky purchased a Max the Money instant ticket, and became instant winners. The pair opted for the cash payout, and will split their $1 million prize 50/50!

Gerhard Franz Josef Ullman was another instant $1 million dollar winner. He won $40,000 a year for life, and decided to take the cash payout option.

David E. Hines and Janey B. Graham of Marietta claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize, after holding on to their winning ticket from the August 23, 2017 drawing. James Bearden of North Ridgeville won $36,667 on Rolling Cash 5.

You too can be a part of the Winner Wednesday crowd: tonight’s Rolling Cash 5 Jackpot is $100,000. The Classic Lotto Jackpot is $1.8 million and the Powerball Jackpot is $127 million.

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Twenty 20’s Jackpot Keeps Growing!

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The EZPLAY progressive Twenty 20’s jackpot is a record setter! The jackpot is over $1.1 million, and it’s getting bigger by the minute!

With the progressive jackpot games, the jackpot continues to grow with every ticket purchased until the jackpot is hit. Last March the jackpot hit $831,680, and the winning ticket was purchased at Wing Warehouse in Norton.

Twenty 20’s is a $20 game, so grab a friend and share a ticket or just get one for yourself! Someone is going to hit it big, and we can’t wait to see who it will be!

Click here to learn more about Twenty 20’s.


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Down On Main is named the Jan. 29 Retailer-of-the-Week

Down on Main is this week’s Retailer-of-the-Week.

Down on Main is an Ohio Lottery retailer that gives their all to the customer. Their lottery sales are a direct result of their attentiveness and great customer service.

The store is a pillar in the community, and the employees know all of the customers by name. They have monthly lottery ticket giveaways, just to show their customers that they appreciate their loyalty. row171221_145957.jpg

The employees keep the customers informed about all of the new online and instant ticket games that they have available.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Down on Main will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Columbiana County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WFMJ TV 21 in Youngstown. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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