Big Jackpots Await!

The new year is off to a big start in the jackpot drawing department. There’s not one, but two BIG jackpot drawings coming tonight and tomorrow. The Mega Millions jackpot hit $450 million and the Powerball jackpot is now worth $570 million! It’s the first time both jackpots have topped $400 million at the same time, and it’s causing a ticket buying frenzy. Each ticket will cost you $2, or $3 if you add the Megaplier or Powerplay.


Whether you play occasionally, regularly, alone or in a pool, we like to remind players to be vigilant and smart to steer clear of any scams.  A great rule of thumb to remember is that if you didn’t buy a ticket, you didn’t win. Many times customers get calls from scammers claiming that they won a prize, but the Ohio Lottery will never contact you to tell you that you’ve won a Mega Millions or Powerball prize. We don’t know who the winner is until  they come forward.

The Ohio Attorney General has the following tips:

  • Don’t send money to receive a prize. Don’t trust people who contact you unexpectedly, claim you’ve won a lottery or sweepstakes, and ask you to pay to receive the prize. If you truly won, you shouldn’t need to send your own money in advance to receive your winnings.
  • Be wary of requests for wire transfers, money orders, or gift cards. These payment methods are used frequently in scams. Once the money is sent, it is difficult to trace or recover it. Also, be wary if you receive an unexpected check in the mail. It may be a counterfeit check used as part of a scam.
  • Talk to friends and family about scams. Older adults can be especially vulnerable to lottery and sweepstakes scams. If you have older relatives, talk to them about scams and look for signs that they have been targeted. Red flags include unusual banking activities, wire transfer receipts, and an increased number of phone calls made to them.

You can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or by calling 800-282-0515. If you ever have a question about a lottery prize, call the Ohio Lottery’s customer service line at 800-686-4208.




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New Instants are Coming!

Get ready for your new year to get even better with the four fun and exciting instant tickets that come out on January 10th.TW_instant_onsale_Jan_2018_group

The $1 Luck of the Irish instant is returning with over $1.6 million in cash prizes available.

The all new $2 Big $100 Explosion instant ticket is loaded with $100 prizes and has a top prize of $20,000.

With areas to scratch and play on the front and back of the ticket the  new $5 Jackpot Party ticket gives you multiple chances at it’s $150,000 top prize!

If that isn’t enough excitement for you the new $30 Extreme Millions ticket is sure to get the rush going. This ticket is jam packed with prizes. There are over $190 million in prizes from $100 to $500 and over $220 million in prizes from $100 to $10,000.  The winning doesn’t stop there either. This ticket has 50 top prizes of either $1 million or $10 million! Be one of the first to get your hands on these new and exciting tickets!


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December Winners for Partners in Education

December was a month to remember. We have some pretty awesome Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month to recognize. All that you have to do is keep reading along!


Olivia Witt

Our first Academic All Star is Olivia Witt of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Witt is described as having “intellectual promise and professionalism.”  Teacher Sean Brennan says, “Her hard work, especially when it comes to preparing for summative assessments sets her apart from many of her peers.”


Lillian Whiteman


Lillian Whiteman is another Academic All Star for December and is described as an “extraordinary” fourth grade student at Westview Elementary School. Kendra Schroeder of Paulding Elementary, is a hard-working student who excels in reading and math.  She is dedicated to her homework and Success Maker. Hayden Dalton is an Academic All Star from Hamilton Intermediate School. He is described as “kind, helpful, respectful, responsible and honest.”

Chase Linnemann is an excellent student-athlete at Little Miami High School. Health teacher Caleb Jones says, “ His work ethic is second to none, and is always on top of his grades.”

Our last Academic All Star for the month is Aniello Buzzacco, a 12th grader at South Range High School. Trisha Hutton says that, “Aniello Buzzacco is an exemplary student athlete.” He carries a 3.875 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is the starting quarterback for the South Range football team. Way to go guys!

Our Teachers of the Month are up next. Anthony Ramirez is a teacher at Rocky River Middle School that truly cares about the future of his students. “He provides project based learning focus to our course,” says Principal Megan Rose.  Ramirez also brings in outside companies to work with the students.


Anthony Ramirez

Carrie DiVincenzo is a Teacher at Paulding Elementary located in Paulding County.  She was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month.

Jan Kohart writes, “Miss D is a young vibrant intervention specialist.  She works on innovative ways to get the students engaged and remember the information.  She is an asset to the students at Paulding Elementary.”



Kathi Brown

Kathi Brown is a Teacher of the Month from Hamilton Intermediate School. She consistently goes above and beyond her duties to help not just our team but anyone in the building on a daily basis. Kathi is an excellent resource for students who require accommodations and goes out of her way to think outside of the box in providing these accommodations.


Katie Richard  is an encouraging music teacher and Teacher of the Month recipient from Mark Twain Elementary. Twain PTA says, “Mrs. Richard works with every student in the building as the music teacher. Not only does she teach the children about music, she draws in other parts of the curriculum from subjects she does not teach to keep the students engaged and help them make connections between music and real -world experiences.”


Lesley Michigan


Lesley Michigan, our final December Teacher of the Month winner, is a teacher at Morrison-Gordon Elementary. Michigan teaches kindergarten and does an “amazing job” of making each student feel comfortable and welcome. Her students are described as well behaved and they love and respect her.

Congratulations to all of the winners! If you would like to nominate an outstanding teacher or student, be sure to get you nominations in by 5 p.m. January 10th!

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Howser’s Convenient Store named Retailer-of-the-Week

Howser’s Convenient Store is starting the New Year right — as the Ohio Lottery’s Retailer-of-the Week for the week of Jan. 1, 2018.

Howser’s Convenient Store has been selling Lottery games for more than 15 years. To promote sales, Howser’s Discount activates new games as soon as they arrive.  Employees know the importance of winner awareness, let customers know about recent winners and have a winner display in the store.

Owner Joe Howser says employee training, sales analysis and a close working relationship with his Ohio Lottery sales representative, Carey Miller, have made the difference.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Howser’s Convenient Store will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Residents of Brown County and surrounding counties can tune into Cash Explosion® on WCPO, TV 9 in Cincinnati. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations and Happy New Year to Joe Howser and his staff!



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Winner Wednesday

It’s the Wednesday after Christmas, the one before the New Year, and it’s a Winner Wednesday for the following.

George Righter of Little Hocking won $8,208 playing KENO. Righter is a regular KENO player and touts being  a pretty lucky man.  He recently won 4 -$5,000 pots and three years ago won $16,400.

Michael House of Cleveland won $75,208 playing the December 19 Pick 5 game.

Scott Gardner of Vinton won $10,000 on $5 Million Cash Showcase.

Barbara Macan of Amherst and Carla Elliott of Londonderry each won $10,000 on Season’s Greetings.

There is still time to be a part of the Winner Wednesday crowd: tonight’s Rolling Cash 5 Jackpot is $283,000. The Classic Lotto Jackpot is $25.8 million and the Powerball Jackpot is $337 million.


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Fairborn BP is December 25,2017 Retailer-of-the-Week

FAIRBORN, OH – Monitoring what really sells and focusing on those games is how Jimmy Patel, the owner of Fairborn BP, promotes Lottery. There’s nothing like recognition  on Christmas Day.  At 1040 Dayton-Yellowsprings  Road in Fairborn, the Ohio Lottery is pleased to recognize Fairborn BP as Retailer-of-the-Week for the week of December 25, 2017.

Fairborn BP has a large display of instants that can be seen as customers enter the store. They have been selling Lottery games for 9 years, but the increase in the number of tickets displayed has made a difference. Lottery sales representative, Melissa Bowen, said that in the last six months, compared to last year, instant sales are up 21 percent. Bowen said they are always looking for ways to increase sales because they are service oriented.

Fairborn BP tries to carry all available tickets, but they monitor what tickets really sell and will focus on those games. Always asking for the sale, they know that four out of five purchases will result after mentioning jackpot amounts. They cash all winning tickets and always wish the customer good luck. Offering friendly customer service, Fairborn BP carries at least 50 instant games from over the counter. Weekly sales average $8,190 for instant and on-line games.

Fairborn BP will be recognized on Cash Explosion®, the Ohio Lottery’s TV game show, on December 30, 2017. Greene 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 Fairborn BP!





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Winner Wednesday

T’was the Wednesday before Christmas, shoppers were still standing in long lines, in search of that perfect gift …and running out of time… a sweater, a tie, some boots, a coat? Hmm, how about a gift that will be remembered the most? Ohio Lottery tickets make great gifts or stocking-stuffers for friends and family  ages 18  and over. There are many play styles, and they come in several colors.

These  players are ahead of the line after winning Ohio Lottery games.

Clyde Davis of East Liverpool won $50,000 on Holiday Lucky Times 10.

CJ Forbes of Cincinnati won $5,000,000 on $5 Million Cash Showcase.  He chose the cash option and receives a lump sum of $1,775,000. He purchased his ticket from McCauley’s Carryout in Sharonville.  McCauley’s Carryout receives a $5,000 agent bonus for selling a top prize-winning $5 Million Cash Showcase ticket.

Sabrina Fate of Marietta  won $10,000 on $5 Million Jackpot.

Amber Carter of Greenville, PA won $2 million on the $5 Million Jackpot instant.  Carter chose the cash option and receives $710,000 after mandatory taxes.

Jennifer Moorman of Sunbury won $250,000 on the Lucky Times 10 instant game. The Kroger Company  in Sunbury receives a $2,500 bonus for selling a top prize-winning  ticket in this game.

Tonight’s Classic Lotto jackpot is $25.4 million. Tonight you could win a $269 million Powerball jackpot. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $223 million! And you can stuff these games in a Christmas stocking or a gold  box under the tree.

Happy Holidays!



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