Spring has Finally Sprung in Ohio

spring flowersSpring has finally arrived in Ohio, and just time for the weekend. We’re guessing there are so many things you’ve been waiting all winter to enjoy, from baseball games to walks in the park.  You can do all of them this weekend right here in the Buckeye State!

If you live in the Cleveland area, take yourself out to the ball game. The Cleveland Indians take on the New York Mets Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field. Click here for more information.

The Cleveland Flea kicks off it’s fourth and biggest season yet. Enjoy over 170 vendors, shopping, music, food, and drinks with family or friends. The market starts Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m . Located in Tyler Park Village, 3615 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. Click here for more information.

This is the last weekend to take part in the fun at the 27th Annual I-X Indoor Amusement Park. With more than 20 acres of rides and entertainment, the park is jam packed full of family fun. This includes sea lions, acrobats, the Cirque Extreme Stunt Show, and carnival foods! The fun ends Sunday April 17th. For ticket info click here!

For all of you Ohio football fans, there’s an Ohio State Buckeyes Spring Game in Columbus this Saturday, April 16th. Join the fun at Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes
Columbus, Ohio. Click here for ticket information. 

If you’re looking to take in a little bit of nature, check out the Spring Color Showcase at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Go view more than 100,000 tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth, and other gorgeous spring standouts at the Conservatory’s gardens and interior courtyards. The Conservatory is open from 10 a.m until 5 p.m and is located at 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio.  Click here for more information. 

The flower power doesn’t stop in Columbus. The Cincinnati Flower Show: An International Adventure is this weekend as well. If you enjoy live orchestra music, delicious food, and beautiful flowers this is the place for you. Bring some friends and enjoy. Click here for more information.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend be sure to enjoy the great weather!

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Bundle Play is Back!

bundleplay_graphicIf you’re a fan of our draw games, we’ve got a deal for you!

Try Bundle Play and get your hands on $6 worth of Ohio Lottery online games for $5. Customers get a $2 Powerball ticket, $1 Mega Millions ticket, $2 Lucky for Life ticket and a $1 Rolling Cash 5 ticket.

The Bundle Play feature is available beginning April 17th!

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Winner Wednesday

Winner Wednesday is here and sunny days are ahead with Spring in the air. The sun is already shining brightly on these players after winning Ohio Lottery games.001

Lisa Bryan of Zanesville won $150,012 on the  April 9, 2016 Powerball.

Kayla  Dunn of New Matamoras, Ohio won $15,000 on the instant game, $250,000 A year  for Life.

Neal Locklear of Chillicothe won $10,000 on Platinum Millions.

Lynn Thompson of Huron won $10,000 on Bingo X 10.

Congratulations Winners!

Did you know Cash Explosion started on February 7, 1987 and  is about to celebrate 30 years?   When the Lottery first began, players won daily, but at retail locations, at their kitchen tables or in their cars. Winning was not seen by many until a prize was claimed. With the debut of  Cash Explosion show, players could win money and they could be on TV winning.  Our show producers are working on plans for the anniversary year! Stay tuned for all  the details!



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Partners in Education March Notables

Partners in Education would like to present the Academic All-Stars and Teachers of the Month winners for the month of March. Last month’s honorees included six outstanding students and five amazing teachers.

Our first winner is Mason Randle, a student at Pinnacle Academy in Cuyahoga County. Mason is described as a “respectable scholar” and a wonderful role model who is willing to help in the classroom whenever he is needed. He is a wonderful asset to his school and community.


Emmie Bohse

Emmie Bohse is a student at Milton-Union Middle School, in Miami County. “Emmie is a dedicated student who wants to do her best and help those around her do their best, too.   She works through confusion and doesn’t give up,” says Kim Gainey, a teacher at the school.


Halycon Smith is  a student at Paulding Elementary, in Paulding County. She takes the initiative and comes in before or after school to get extra help or to get caught up on her work.  She has a great work ethic and a positive attitude.


Sierra Smith


Sean Goodall is a student at Teays Valley West Middle School. He participates in class and asks higher level thinking questions.  Sean is an all-around great kid,” says Lisa Johnson, a teacher at the school.

Sierra Smith a student at Norwayne  Elementary School in Wayne County, is outgoing and cheerful.  She has worked hard to improve her grades throughout the school year.  Her attendance is excellent and she comes prepared with her weekly homework reading logs,” says Whitney Imhoff, a reading specialist at the school.

Sarah Loomis is a senior at Malvern High School in Carroll County. Loomis is a basketball player and National Honor Society President. She is competitive and humble at the same time, and works hard both on the court and inside the classroom.

Five incredible teachers were winners for the month of March.  First we have Joann Saunders a teacher at Pinnacle Academy. Saunders is said to go “above and beyond” for her students. She is a true team player who collaborates with staff members on a regular basis.

Mark Stuch is a K-5 teacher at Paulding Elementary. Stuch volunteers to help students after school, and he is kind and caring to his students.  With over 25 years of experience, his students respect him and enjoy the activities that he plans.

Jo Bey is a teacher at St. Patrick School in Miami County. She teaches fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at the school. According to her nominator, Bey is a selfless teacher who is not afraid to jump in and help with so many extra things.  She pushes her students to try their very best; through her experience with students it is evident that she views teaching as a “vocation” as opposed to a job.


Rachel Houser

Rachel Houser is a teacher at Teays Valley West Middle School in Pickaway County. “Mrs. Houser is an amazing teacher.  She displays humor, kindness, and fun to her students.  She commands respect from her students but also makes learning a joy,” says Assistant Principal Allison Swanger.

Tricia Taggart is a fine/visual arts teacher at Wooster High School in Wayne County.  For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Taggart has been a dedicated teacher/mentor and advisor.  She dedicates many after school hours to various clubs as an advisor. She is described as an “amazing educator” who is respected by not only her students but the staff.

It is always a joy to recognize some of the many shining stars that teach and learn in Ohio schools. 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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Terry’s Grocery is April 11, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

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LYNCHBURG, OH-Outside the door of 1505 US. Rt.50 in Lynchburg is a sign that reads “American owned by Terry & Jane McGinnis and family since 1978.” Terry’s Grocery is America proud and the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize this retailer as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of April 11, 2016.

Terry and Jane McGinnis have been promoting Lottery sales for 23 years. It’s a family-run business with parents and adult children who know their customers personally.

“We know them on a first name basis and they come back to us because they think we are the lucky spot. When we hire we hire friendly people or locals who know most of our customers. We ask for the sale and keep money on hand to cash all winning tickets,” says Jane.

Jane says always keep money on hand to cash winning tickets. She adds that customers like the free  promotional items that the Ohio Lottery gives away. Throughout the years it has help build the business. The store carries 32 instant games, with a weekly sales average of $2,728 for instant and on-line games.

Sales representative Cary Miller said they provide excellent service because employees are trained to be knowledgeable with Lottery games. New instant games are always promptly activated.

Terry’s Grocery will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on April 16. Highland County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WCPO ABC-Channel 9 in Cincinnati. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 13 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Terry’s Grocery!





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Where is Spring?

field-175959_1920The photo on the right is what I’m looking forward to. How about you? Blue skies for miles, green grass and trees in full of leaves that they shade you from the hot sun. Based on today’s weather, that scene feels months away. I knew snow was in the forecast, but I was hoping that the power of positive thinking would keep it from happening. Not so. This morning, there it is sticking to every little blade of grass and every last tulip and hyacinth in my yard. This was by no means a rough winter, but now it doesn’t seem to want to go away. It looks like the forecast is calling for more wintry weather this weekend. But hey, at least it’s Friday!

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Your ticket to Rockin’ Fun is here

Are you a fan of rock music? If so, we’re your exclusive connection to single day tickets for the 10th annual Rock On The Range! It’s the largest and most acclaimed rock festival in the United States! And it’s happening at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus May 20, 21 and 22.

Tickets for the festival are SOLD OUT, but we’re giving fans the chance to purchase a limited number of single day tickets to the event at face value.  For more information and to take advantage of this amazing offer courtesy of the Ohio Lottery, go to www.facebook.com/ohiolottery. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait.

Click here to learn more about Rock On The Range and to get a look at the concert lineup.

The festival features three days of rock music on three stages and sets from rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, a Craft Beer Village featuring top breweries from the region, the Rock On The Range Photo Gallery, new art installations, and unique onsite activities.




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