EZ Shop Food Mart is Sept. 19, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

ezshop-medina-jpgMEDINA- There is a hometown feel to the lottery experience at EZ Shop Food Mart at 6630 Norwalk Road in Medina.  Owners Miloranka Baughman and Dragan Nikolic know it’s the way to grow the business. Their customer service for Lottery sales is always on point says Ohio Lottery Sales Representative Spencer Sedar, and that is why the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize EZ Shop Food Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 19, 2016.

Selling lottery for 25 years in the small town of Mallet, employees always try to greet customers by name. They cash all winning tickets, have a dedicated lottery play area, keep new tickets stocked and let the customer know that they are happy to see them. The happiness goes even further when a customer wins.

“We have sold some nice winning lottery tickets and it’s nice to see the happiness in winners’ eyes when they can treat themselves to a nice vacation, buy a new car or catch up on some bills,” said Baughman.

Every year during the week of August 12 they conduct a special Anniversary Promotion because that was the day they acquired the store. The business has sold a $100,000 20X the Money instant. Carrying 43 instant games EZ Shop Food Mart has a weekly selling average of $10,244.

EZ Shop Food Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on September 24, 2016. Medina 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.

Congratulations EZ Shop Food Mart!

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our Channel!

img_8434Look a little chaotic? That’s because it is! This week we shot a welcome video for our Ohio Lottery YouTube channel, and we crammed everything in that you’ll find on our YouTube channel! From Ohio Lottery winners to new tickets to awesome students from our Partners in Education program and a couple of crazy looking mascots, we made everyone squeeze into a pretty small space!

Look for the video on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks, img_8389and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for all of the latest Ohio Lottery videos while you’re there.

Just click here to see all of the videos currently on our YouTube Channel. And don’t forget to click subscribe!

 

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Winner Wednesday

 Question: What do the approaching days of fall and lottery players still have in common? Answer: Sunshine and Green! Leaves on the trees are still green and the sun shines brightly on the following players after winning lots of green playing Ohio Lottery games.

002Charlene Rein of London reined in half on the  Ohio Lottery’s newest game Ohio 50/50 . She won  $98,806 on September 10 after purchasing the ticket from Sterling One Stop in Mt. Sterling. Rein said she’s been playing Lottery for four years.

“I was playing my normal Classic, Rolling Cash and Lucky for Life and I was $4 shy of $20 so I decided to play $4 worth of the new game and finally won!” she said.

She’s buying  new truck for her husband, a new home and paying off some bills.

004Ronaysha Averiett of Akron is starting her freshman year in college with some extra cash! She won $100,000 in the Ohio Lottery’s Special Edition Cashword Top Prize Drawing. One of the 37 entries in the August 25 drawing, Averiett receives $71,000 after mandatory taxes totaling 29 percent. She purchased her entry ticket from Mr. Pantry on Copley Road in Akron on November 13, 2015.  Mr. Pantry received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a winning qualifying TPD entry. Averiett says the win came at a great time as her college career gets started.

Virginia Killworth of Frazeyburg won $50,000 on the instant game Roulette. She bought the ticket at Frazeyburg Duchess in Frazeyburg.011

The $2 Million Mega Millions ticket sold on April 1, 2016 by  the Emery Convenient  Food Mart in Warrensville Heights has been claimed in Trust.  J. Paul Fidler  is Trustee of “The  Lottery Ticket MegaMillions  Game Trust.” Emery Convenient Food Mart received a $1,000 agent bonus for selling a second-tier prize winning  ticket.

Jeffrey Bauman of Cincinnati is the top prize winner of $50,000 a year, for the next 20 years, a $1 million prize on the Ohio Lottery’s Big Money instant game. He chose the annuity and receives $35,500 after taxes for the next 20 years. Bauman bought his $5,500(TPD) entry on February 24, 2014 from the Kroger Co. in Cincinnati. The Kroger Co. received a $10,000 agent bonus for selling a winning qualifying TPD entry.

Terry Grose of Norwalk won $130,000 in the September 9, 2016 Rolling Cash 5 game. Grose purchased the winning ticket from Dublos’ Carryout in Norwalk. The carryout receives a $500 agent bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Edwin L. Hoseus Jr. is Trustee of The Sunrise Trust. He claimed the August 1, 2016 Lucky for Life prize on behalf of the winner. The ticket holder chose the cash option and the Trust receives $4,082,500 after mandatory taxes. Reading Village Market in Cincinnati sold the $1, 000 a Day for Life winning ticket . The Market receives a  $57,500  agent bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket.

Congratulations winners!

 

 

 

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Toronto Gas &Go is September 12, 2016 Retailer-of-the Week

gas-go-jpgTORONTO, OH – As owner of the business at 202 S. 4th Street, Parshottam Golakia realizes that great customer service can make or break a lottery retailer. So Golakia ensures his success as an Ohio Lottery retailer by making sure that his Ohio Lottery customers receive great service. The Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Toronto Gas & Go as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 12, 2016.

He’s had the lottery for only one year and has already seen growth. Providing great service, he pays attention to what tickets sell. The business has a dedicated lottery area and they conduct second-chance drawings. Further providing great customer service, the employees welcome Lottery customers, keep them informed of upcoming jackpots, welcome them to the location, and wish them good luck.

Because they know what sells, this business double faces the popular selling games. Double facing is an important part in selling lottery tickets. Bob Carcelli, sales representative for Toronto Gas & Go says double facing, being attentive and keeping new games activated is why he made the recommendation. The business carries 43 instant games over the counter and via a Win Station. Weekly sales average $10,698 for instant and on-line games.

Toronto Gas & Go will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on September 17, 2016. 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 Toronto Gas & Go!

 

 

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The benefits of this Winner Wednesday!

There are a lot of benefits to this Wednesday, let me count the ways. Ohio is expected to reach 90 degrees today, still time for some swimming. For many people this is a four day work week since Monday was Labor Day. And our winners are counting dollars after winning Ohio Lottery games.

David Young of Chippewa is counting his cash after he won the inaugural drawing of our new game, Ohio 50/50. He won $100,778 , the top prize in the game.

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After mandatory federal and state taxes totaling 29 percent, Young receives a lump sum of $71,552. He purchased his ticket from Circle K in Seville. Young said he didn’t realize it was the first draw for this game, and he has already purchased tickets for next Saturday’s drawing.

The Ohio Lottery began selling the Ohio 50/50 is drawn Saturday night. One lucky winner takes home half of the total weekly game sales. Additionally, ten winners get $2,000 and 25 win $500.

Gene Bateman of Millfield multiplied his $50,000 Powerball prize by saying yes to Powerplay.  It turned his $50,000 win into $150,000. The Powerplay number was three. Bateman says the win will lift him and his family out of their financial rut. In search of bigger jackpots, he changed  from playing Pick 3 and started playing Mega Millions, Classic Lotto and Powerball.  This prize is the most he’s ever won and he plans to use it to get caught up on some bills.

Brandon Keegan of Clyde won $20,000 on Fabulous Fortune. He says this has been a lucky year for him because he has had a few other wins, but this is the biggest. Keegan purchased his winning ticket from Dave’s Park Avery Store  in Milan, Ohio.

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Roy Kay of Lorain won $20,000 on Fabulous Fortune. He purchased the ticket from West Erie Food Mart in Lorain.

Congratulations!

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New Instants, Mounds of Prizes

blog_instant_tickets_septemberSome pretty amazing new instant tickets arrive on September 7th, and they’re loaded with prizes and fun. With four tickets to choose from, there is something for everybody!

Over $9 million in prizes and a top prize of $20,000 is what the new, $2 Dazzling 7s ticket has in store for you. If you enjoy tickets that have games on the front and the back, $3 Block-O, and $5 Double Sided Dollars should do the trick. Block-O gives you the chance to win $50,000 and Double Sided Dollars sets you up for a chance at $300,000 and over $23 million in cash prizes.

Seven prizes from $1 million to $5 million, over 70,000 in prizes from $100 and higher, and a total of  $73 million in cash prizes are up for grabs on the impressive, $20 $5 Million Cash Showcase ticket. There is a ton of money to be won! Don’t miss your chance to get in on the winning!

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Convenient Food Mart named Sept. 5, 2016 Retailer-of-the-Week

#039404 ROTW 2MENTOR – Business owner Ritesh Patel describes Convenient Food Mart as friendly, fast and fun. Located at 9843 Johnnycake Ridge Road in Mentor, the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Convenient Food Mart as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of September 5, 2016.

Convenient Food Mart has been selling lottery for nine years making sure that staff can answer questions about Lottery games and payouts. The staff knows many customers by name, and when necessary they will get an extra employee up front to assist because they know the value of their customers’ time.  Because employees know customers’ play styles, they can point out new games that may be of interest. The Food Mart has a dedicated play area.

The business carries 53 instant games that generate a weekly sales average of $21,166. On May 6, 2016 they sold a $50,000 Rolling Cash 5 winner and a winning $1 million Mega Millions ticket on November 20, 2016. Patel said that their customers come back and tell how they spent their winnings on luxury items or on daily living expenses.

Lottery sales representative David Howard, recommended Convenient Food Mart because they always activate new games and rotate inventory daily. He says  employees here  are quite knowledgeable  and have a good rapport with  the customer.

Convenient Food Mart will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on September 10, 2016. Lake 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.

Congratulations Convenient Food Mart!

 

 

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