Cash tickets without the hassle

The Ohio Lottery’s bank-cashing program is an easy way to cash winning tickets without the hassle!

Winning tickets worth $600-$5,000 can be cashed at a bank near you. Your retailer can provide you with bank-cashing locations in your area, or you can check out this list. Please note that the banks charge a processing fee of $10 for this service.

In order to cash tickets at the bank, proper identification is required. This includes a valid photo ID containing both your social security number and current address OR a photo ID containing a current address and your social security card.

In addition to banks, you will soon be able to cash winning tickets at all 7 racinos. Currently, the Hard Rock Racino can cash winning tickets worth $600-$5,000, with the rest of the Ohio racinos following shortly.

When using the bank-cashing program or cashing tickets at a racino, you still need to file a claim, and you can do that at home. Follow this link to email yourself a claim form and get more info on how to claim a prize.

Tickets under $600 can be cashed at a retailer, and tickets over $5,000 must be cashed through the Ohio Lottery. Click here to find an Ohio Lottery regional location in your area.

The Ohio Lottery continues to pursue new opportunities for ticket cashing for our customers. Thanks for playing!

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BK Beverage is 7-11-2016 Retailer-of-the-Week


SALINEVILLE, OH –Rebecca Melhorn owns the business at 42 W. Main Street in Salineville. BK Beverage is unique in that it sells hot food, gasoline, liquor, beer and of course, Lottery. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize BK Beverage as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of July 11, 2016.

They‘ve been selling Lottery for 26 years and have seen how selling lottery impacts their customers. It brings an instant smile to faces and we treat our lottery customers just like any other customer, says Melhorn.

“We have a dedicated area for players and we conduct second-chance drawings. We make sure that we have the games that our customers want to scratch and they are activated as soon as they come in,” she said.

“We cash as may tickets as we can because we know the money will come back 75 percent of the time. We hang winning ticket s to promote sales and we will ask for the sale because all they can say to the question is no.”

Lottery sales representative Vince Pitoscia says the Beverage embraces promotions and big jackpots; their bins are always full. BK Beverages carries 49 instant games over the counter and their weekly sales average $5,674 for instant and on-line games.

BK Beverage will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on July 16. Jefferson 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 BK Beverage!







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If you Heart music, you’ll Love this Promo!

iHRMF_2016_Logo_InChipMyLotto Rewards has a first-class promotion that you’re going to want to get in on. Someone is going to win a VIP trip to Las Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival in September!

How do you get in? Just enter any $5 non-winning Pick3, Pick 4, Pick 5 or Rollling Cash 5 tickets through MyLotto Rewards between July 11, 2016 and August 15, 2016. The winner will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas, first-class airfare, limo and luxury hotel, VIP concert tickets, a meet-and-greet experience and a $2,500 shopping spree. The VIP trip is set for September 23 to September 26, 2016.

Ten winners will receive a $500 cash card and 50 winners will receive a $10 music download.

If you love concerts, shopping and being a VIP, this is the promotion for you! Entries must be received by August 15, so don’t miss out! Click here for more details on this promotion and others.

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Winner Wednesday!

Woohoo, it’s Winner Wednesday and there is still excitement in the air here at the Ohio Lottery offices.  Maybe it’s the leftover, hot dogs , hamburgers, ribs and potato salad from the July 4 holiday, or the fact that we’re getting closer to the weekend. Regardless, the weekend meant big wins for some of our players, and that’s exciting!

Tim KirchmierTim Kirchmier of Fairport Harbor stopped at Steel’s Korner Drive Thru Beverage & Deli before his fishing trip began. He picked up a $500,000 Cashword instant ticket and decided to scratch it while out on the water. Perch wasn’t the only thing Tim caught that day. He won $10,000. Talk about a lucky day!

Linda Pagan of Lorain won $12,263 on Rock ‘N 777s.

James Smolka of Amherst had some extra fireworks in his backyard. He won $100,000 on the July 4, Rolling Cash 5. He used auto pick purchasing the ticket from FOE Aerie, 1161 Milan Avenue in Amherst. FOE Aerie receives a $500 bonus for selling five of five winning rolling Cash 5 ticket.

Ryan Moxie of Rome City, Indiana won $5,500 on Green & Gold.

dual_jackpot_alert_070616Want more excitement to your day? Just play Ohio Lottery games!  Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $257 million. Friday’s Mega Millions is $508 Million! And tonight’s Classic Lotto jackpot  is worth  $9.1 million.

Congratulations Winners! 

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Rittman Beverage is July 4, 2016 Retailer-of-the Week


RITTMAN –In today’s business world, where everybody sells the same products, what sets a business apart from others is  customer service.  Bert Ogle owns  Rittman Beverage which is located at 163 E. Ohio Avenue in Rittman, Ohio.  It’s a small tightly knitted community and the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Rittman Beverage as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of July 4, 2016.

The community of Rittman has five licensed Lottery Locations; Burt Ogle owns two of them and he will tell anybody that the Lottery put his kids through college. His Lottery dedication goes  far beyond the dedicated lottery play area and the second-chance drawings that he runs throughout the year. His business includes a table and play station, and a lighted dual jackpot sign that’s visible from the street. He knows his players, greets them by name, knows their spending habits, and will celebrate with them when they win.

“We keep ’em’ coming back,” he said. Burt knows that players play where they can get paid. He  advises new retailers to be open-minded and receptive to new concepts and equipment that your sales representative may introduce to you. He describes his business as a place with well- trained staff,  where customers are satisfied, and new games are activated in a timely manner.

“Burt’s customer service is what sets him apart from other retailers,” says James Hare, the sales representative.

Rittman Beverage carries 37 instant games and will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on July 9. Wayne County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Rittman Beverage!




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Fourth of July Fun

Summer’s most anticipated holiday has arrived! The 4th of July is this weekend, and there are tons of fun things to do around Ohio. Check out any of these awesome events for a fun-filled weekend.

Looking for a nice place to relax and enjoy fireworks? Believe it or not, the best view is on the water. The Goodtime III is having an amazing 4th of July Fireworks Cruise. Or you could climb aboard the historic Steamship William G. Mather  for their Rock and Boom celebration. 4th_July_fireworks

In southern Ohio, fireworks won’t be the only thing illuminating the sky. Today is the LaRosa’s Balloon Glow in Coney Island, in  Cincinnati.You could also go to the Dayton Light in Flight Fireworks  starting at 1 p.m  with fireworks tonight at 10 p.m.

If you are looking to get your fun started a little earlier, join in on some parade watching. There will be parades all throughout the great state of Ohio, and Central Ohio has some great parades to attend.

Check out Columbus’, Short North’s 31st annual,  Doo Dah Parade. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on July 4, while the party is all day (between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.) on Buttles Avenue, between High and Park Streets, with live music, drinks and more. Gahanna’s parade starts at Clark Hall at 10:30 a.m, and the parade in Marysville start at 10 a.m.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, have lots of fun and be safe Ohio!



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Winner Wednesday

fireworks-102971__180Celebrate good times, come on! We’ll be celebrating the July 4 holiday soon, and some Lottery players will get a head start on celebrating after winning. It’s Winner Wednesday and time to celebrate that halfway mark of the week: these Lottery players got a bonus.  They won!

It was a birthday celebration that was late, but it turned out to be great! Three friends who live on the same street and have been playing together for three years will share a $100,000 prize on the $500,000 Money Club instant. Julia Wauligman, Antoinette Ebert and Valerie Rinear, all of Cincinnati, waited to celebrate Julia’s June 3 birthday because someone in the group was not in town. Over the weekend, they bought the winning ticket from Delhi Liquor in Cincinnati.  The trio splits $71,000 after mandatory federal and state taxes  totaling 29 percent. Julia, the group spokesperson, says she will buy a car, Toni will use her windfall on her house and she doesn’t know  how Valerie will spend hers.

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Shirley Simon of Fairview Park won $17,359 on Quick Spot.

Cindy Cale of Scio won $50,000 on $500,000,000 Spectacular.

Ralph Peak of Litchfield won $20,000 on $100,000 A Year for Life.

Anthony Kreps of Elyria won $18,266 on Quick Spot.

Michael Schneider of Wellington won $50,000 on $500,000,000 Spectacular.

David Volz of Loveland won $50,000 on EZPLAY Black Jack.

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $222 Million. Classic Lotto is $8.7 million.

Want to be part of the celebration? Play Ohio Lottery games!

Congratulations winners! 

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