Retailer hosts Cash Explosion extravaganza

Lynn Rush started playing Cash Explosion after his wife, Debbie Rush, the owner of Christiansburg General Store, was chosen as an Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week and appeared as a guest on the Cash Explosion show. He went with her and enjoyed the experience so much he wanted to be on the show again.

After months of mailing in his non-winning tickets, Lynn still had no luck. Then one day, Debbie looked down at the envelope and saw he was sending the tickets to the wrong address! Someone should have told him that he can also enter his non-winning tickets online through MyLotto Rewards.

20160810_094543.jpgDebbie gave him the correct address, and after only six entries, Lynn was selected to go on the Cash Explosion show. He appeared on the show that aired on July 23 and won $8,500. Debbie and Lynn decided to host a party to celebrate and watch with friends and family.

But they didn’t just host a party, they held a mock show! Debbie and Lynn both wore their Cash Explosion tee shirts they got from being on set. They used the Cash Explosion logo to make raffle tickets. Everyone who attended got a raffle ticket and a Cash Explosion instant ticket. Then, they held a drawing and gave away Lottery merchandise, given to them by their sales representative, Dee Sommer. Prizes included hats, tee shirts, water bottles, beach towels, pens and more. Meanwhile, they aired the Cash Explosion episode starring Lynn for everyone to watch. They finished off the night with music and fireworks.

“We had so much fun,” said Debbie.

After Lynn was on the show, Cash Explosion instant ticket sales skyrocketed at the store.

“[Sales] increased dramatically…everyone is really excited and wants to go on the show, too,” explained Debbie.

For more information on how to win a spot on the show, visit:

Thanks to Debbie and Lynn for their enthusiasm and dedication to the Ohio Lottery!

Are you mailing in your Cash Explosion tickets? If so, make sure you have the right address, or just skip the postage and sign up for a MyLotto Rewards account. You can enter your non-winning and Cash Explosion ENTRY tickets online. Just click here to set up your account.




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Thanks for visiting us at the State Fair

Kate Weckerly, Communications Intern

A thank you is in order for all of our customers, fans and supporters who made their way to the Ohio Lottery booth at the State Fair– you are appreciated!

20160730_105350On Saturday, July 30th, many people came to play the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club Scavenger Hunt and won great prizes. In fact, so many people came we thought it best to throw in a few extra prizes. In addition to the 21 drawings held, another three names were drawn. These three winners each received a full book (50 tickets) of $10 Monopoly Millionaires’ Club instant tickets.

“I had a lot of people tell me how they come to see us every year,” said Allison Turner, Sponsorship and Promotions Manager at the Ohio Lottery. “They would tell me ‘We haven’t missed a year…we always come to your tent.”20160730_153114

On Saturday, August 6th, our Cash Explosion staff hosted Cash Fest, a fan appreciation day. In addition to the mini game shows hosted, there was also music, dancing and a lip sync battle! Contestants filled the area around the booth, with what seemed to be a never ending line, and participated in the eight hour event.

“Cash Fest was well received at the fair,” said Ken Dauenhauer, Cash Explosion Program Administrator. “It’s really our way to give back to our fans.”

20160730_105530Throughout the 12 days of the Ohio State Fair, over 921,000 people attended, making it the 2nd highest participation on record. We know it was packed, with hot weather and long lines, but we also know that our fans stuck it through and had a great time!

See you next year!


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Limited Edition Instant Fun

New Header Style_29Sept09Get ready for a new instant ticket set to release today at select Ohio Lottery retailers! The $2 Ohio Lottery Limited ticket is a surefire winner with a top prize of $20,000 and tons of other prizes right at your fingertips.

All that you have to do is scratch and match any of your numbers to either winning numbers, and you win that prize. If you reveal a star symbol you win FIVE times the prize shown automatically!

Be sure to keep your eye out for this ticket, it is only available at select Ohio Lottery retailers. Happy winning, Ohio!


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Winner Wednesday

Yes, it’s Winner Wednesday, and the following winners will be added to the Ohio Lottery’s long list of winners!

Jalen Harris of Sandusky won $20,000 on 50X The Money. He purchased his winning ticket from Sunoco.IMG_0077

Duane Blake of North Ridgeville won $10,000 playing 50x the Money.

James Uldrich of Amherst won $5,500 on the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club and now has a chance at winning $1 million!

Carl Chandler of Stockpot won $50,000 on the August 3, 2016 Powerball drawing.

Steve Kahn of Cincinnati won $50,000 on 40th Anniversary Millions. He purchased the ticket from Harper’s Point Shell.

Jonathan Lippert of Cincinnati won $50,000 in the July 25, 2016 Powerball drawing. He purchased the ticket from Speedway.

Robert Pelphrey of Oxford won $82,000  on the August 7, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 game. He purchased the winning ticket from Kroger’s.

Bruce Gilman of Cincinnati won $63,583 playing EZPLAY Quick Spot.  He purchased the ticket from Vince’s Other Place.

Kathleen Dane of Amherst won $52,500 in the August 4, 2016 Pick 5 midday drawing.

Congratulations  to these winners!

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Celina Store #2 is August 8,2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

CELINA, OH- At 515 E Market Street in Celina, owners Anoop Musku and Ramakrishna celina#2 ROTWKandi are professional in every aspect of their business. Because they are lottery literate, they know what they are doing and they do it well. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Celina Store #2 as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of August 8, 2016.

Describing their business as fast, friendly and efficient, employees know the different games and how to play so that they can explain the different styles of betting. They have a great lottery atmosphere; customers like the positivity and enjoy talking lottery jackpots. The fast service is the result of knowing the games and how to work the equipment. Knowing the various games also helps when customers are not sure of what they want to play. The employees of Celina Store #2 will then use suggestive selling.

The business cashes all winning tickets, keeps track of all inventory, and keeps all dispensers full with the top 25 games. A clean and neat place, they have a dedicated lottery play area, dual jackpot signs, displays of all winners and regular customers continue to help increase sales.

Training their employees having to be proficient, they have been selling lottery for three years. They carry 46 instant games with a weekly sales average of $5,293 for instant and on-line games.

Celina Store #2 will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on August 13, 2016. Mercer County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WHIO CBS Channel 7 in Dayton. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Celina Store #2!


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Partners in Education goes to Cleveland’s BLUE Institute

It’s that time of year again—school is about to start! Parents and students alike are preparing, but the teachers of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) are already primed for the school year, after attending BLUE Institute. And thanks to Ohio Lottery’s Molly Fanta, they also know all about the Lottery’s Partners in Education (PIE) program.

What is BLIMG_2352UE Institute?

BLUE stands for Build, Lead, Utilize and Engage. BLUE Institute is a professional development workshop for CMSD teachers, and is a part of the district’s overarching plans for education reform. Two hundred new teachers and 450 returning teachers attended this year.

The program includes over 100 workshops that teachers can choose from, ranging from violence prevention to college readiness to social and emotional skill development. In an effort to lay the foundation for the 2016-2017 school year, the sessions help teachers be culturally responsive in addressing their students’ needs.

“It was all teachers who care and love what they do,” explained Molly. “They want to grow and develop…you could sense their excitement…and I think that really says a lot about the district.”CoTKYYmW8AAWphc

What did the Lottery do there?

After learning about the program, Molly ventured out to the Tri-C Corporate College in Warrensville Heights during the last week of July. Here she set up a Lottery table and explained PIE to teachers attending BLUE Institute. She handed out PIE nomination forms, brochures, lanyards and First Aid kits to teachers.

The PIE program is a way for students, staff and schools to be recognized for an outstanding performance or achievement. Based on the nominations received, one teacher and one student from every region are recognized monthly, September through May, either as an Academic All Star or as a Teacher of the Month, and receive PIE merchandise and a gift card. Then, their achievements are promoted locally and placed on the Ohio Lottery website and social media pages. Every nomination provides the respective school with an entry into a drawing for School
of the Year.

How can I find out more about Partners in Education?

If you’d like to spread the word about the Lottery’s PIE program or make a nomination, visit for more information.

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August Games, Prizes and Fun!

It’s hard to believe that August is already here and soon the summer will be winding down. But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of fun to keep the summer rolling on. Check out In the Know to see what new games are headed your way!

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