Winner Wednesday

When it comes to playing Ohio Lottery games, players and retailers win. The following are winners after playing or selling Ohio Lottery games.

Nicholas Teropoli of Lisbon caught “the big one”  all by himself. He won $150,000 after matching all five numbers in the July 22, 2017 Rolling Cash 5 game.  He receives $106,500 after mandatory federal and state taxes.  Describing  himself as a plain guy, he says he’s keeping his truck and paying off some bills, but he is buying himself a new fishing rod. He used auto pick, purchasing the ticket from Valley View II  in Lisbon. Valley View receives a  $500 agent sales bonus for selling a top prize-winning five-of-five Rolling Cash 5 ticket.

Store clerks Tammy Sauers and Kathy Kimata at Valley View II in Lisbon were all smiles after hearing about Nicholas’ big win. Located at 514 N. market Street, Valley View receives a $500 agent bonus  for selling the winning ticket.

James Moore of Cleveland won it all, a $150,000 top prize  after scratching the instant game, Win It All. He receives $106,500 after mandatory federal and state taxes.

Henry Smith of Maple Heights won $25,000 on the midday July 28, 2017  Pick 5  drawing.

Wyndham Sparling of Waterford won $10,000 on Ultimate Millions.

Brandon Osborne of Grafton won $5,157 on EZPLAY Going Pro.


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Let your fingers do the talking

Meet Susan and Gary, the two finger puppet heroes starring in our mini-series brought to you by the Ohio Lottery to promote instant tickets! From embarking on great quests, dodging cave-dwelling monsters and roughing it in the wilderness, Susan and Gary’s 6-part mini-series is bound to draw in the laughs.

I got to watch as the directors and actors made TV magic. Walking into the   shoot, I immediately noticed the humor and the energy coming from both the actors and the directors working on the skits.

Creative Director Eric Holman said, “The inspiration for this idea originated from the want to spark a younger demographic interest in playing instant tickets.” Everyone loves a comedy act, right?

Andy Taylor, the Director of ATO Content, who handled this shoot, described how they chose the actors for this video. “It was easy, considering the art director, and the script writer of this video are the actual finger puppet actors.  Plus, they have nice looking hands.”

The first video will launch the second week of July 26th on Facebook.  Watch for a new Finger Puppet Theater video with each new $5 instant ticket launch.


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Lorain Smokes & Beverage is July 31, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

LORAIN – Ankurbhai Patel knows the value of his customers. At 2111 N. Ridge Road, he also knows the value that the Ohio Lottery brings to his business. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Lorain Smokes & Beverage as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of July 31, 2017.

“We promote the Ohio Lottery with great customer service. We have another machine for the players so they don’t have to wait in line if we get busy,” said Patel.

They have been selling Ohio Lottery for about a year and a half and because of the great customer service, trust and choice of instant games, they are now one of the top distributors for online and instant lottery in their district.

Lottery sales representative Tom Callahan said, “This retailer took a location that was in the bottom 20 percent and are now in the top 10 retailers in the district. They know the value Ohio Lottery products bring to their store; customers are treated very good at this location.”

Lorain Smokes & Beverage carries 72 instant games and has a weekly sales average of $16,612 for instant and online games.

Lorain Smokes & Beverage will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on July 29, 2017. Lorain County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WEWS ABC Channel 5 in Cleveland. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.





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Winner Wednesday

It ‘s not just another Wednesday, it’s a winner Wednesday. And the following players are more than happy about it:  their names are added to the Ohio Lottery’s Map of Winners.

Diana Rhonehouse of Sandusky won $100,000 on the Ohio Lottery’s 20x the Money final Top Prize Drawing. Receiving $71,000 after mandatory taxes totaling 29 percent, she will use the windfall to invest in her daughter’s future. Twenty-nine qualifying entries were in the  July 7, 2017 final drawing.  The Kroger Company, located at 508 W. Perkins Avenue in Sandusky, sold  Diana her  winning ticket. They receive a $1,000 bonus.

Kenneth Brock of Columbia Station won $20,000 on Anniversary Millions.

Tod  Locher of Lorain won $10,000 on Cash X50. Not new to winning Ohio Lottery games, he has won over $318,000 in past years.

David Rebok of Lorain won $5,200 on the evening July 20 Pick 4 game.

Brenda Bly of Strongsville won $5,200 on the July 19 Pick 4 game.  Last year she won $1,000,000 on a scratch off and today she is retired.

See what Ohio Lottery games can do for you, but you gotta play in order to win!



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A & T Mart named July 24, 2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

YOUNGSTOWN –Selling Ohio Lottery products for 15 years, Thaer Abuoraq treats his customers like family.  Located at 5721 Market Street in Youngstown, the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize A & T Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of July 24, 2017.

Knowing customers by name is one way Thaer promotes Lottery customer service. Noting that customer service is key,  he makes sure that the Lottery experience is fun. He keeps a full inventory of instants, carries all games, cashes all winning tickets, has a dedicated Lottery play area, KENO signage  is in the window and he knows his customers by name.

“In our 15 years of selling Lottery we have always added to our amount of tickets on sale. We don’t rush our players and we will help with paperwork if needed. When a player wins, they are happy and they usually buy more. We interact with our players,” he said.

“Always make a player feel important and create a fun atmosphere with giveaways and second-chance drawings,” he says.

“Thaer treats players like family; his store is like a meeting place,” says Duane Mancini, his sales representative. ” He’s 100 percent  pro-lottery.”

A & T Mart carries 52 games and has a weekly sales average of $15,389 for instant and on-line games.

A & T Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on July 29, 2017. Mahoning County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WFMJ NBC Channel 21. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.




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Ohio State Fair 2017

Since 1850, the Ohio State Fair has brought Ohioans to Columbus to celebrate and enjoy great vendors, and get an up-close look at agriculture. With a wide variety of food, music, and entertainment, the fair is likely to spark almost anyone’s interests!

Ohio Lottery Day is August 4. Bring a non-winning lottery ticket to the fair box office and score a $6 discount on your fair ticket.

Another big attraction the Ohio Lottery brings to the fair is the one day only, Cash Fest!  On Saturday, August 5, Cash Fest, brought to you by the Cash Explosion show, will be setting up in Central Park from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cash Explosion will give fair goers the chance to win cash prizes by playing the express games, and they will also be able to enjoy free music and entertainment! Fair-goers can play the Cash Explosion express games for a chance at cash and merchandise prizes, and Cash Explosion tickets.

It is going to be another great year! We hope to see you there!

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Four Hot New Instants and One Makeover

Some pretty cool new instants are coming out on July 25th, and the fan favorite, 30 year old Cash Explosion ticket has a new look.  These beautiful new tickets don’t just look good, they have millions of dollars in prizes available.instant_onsale_August_2017

The all new $1 Mad Money ticket boasts a $5,000 top prize. $2 Easy as 1,2,3 ticket has over 28,000 prizes from $50 to $5000, and you could win up to $20,000. If that isn’t enough winning for you, you could try $5 $25 Million Payout. This game has over $25 million in total cash prizes as well as a $150,000 top prize. Win even more money with $10 Million Dollar Payday! You could win any of the $49 million in prizes available, and that includes a chance to win up to $1,000,000!

We are all familiar with the beloved Cash Explosion game, and with age comes a few changes. Although the ticket may look a little different the top prize hasn’t changed. You can still win up to $5,000, or a chance to become eligible to appear on the awesome Cash Explosion game show! Be one of the first in line to experience these hot new instant tickets.




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