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Ohio Lottery Commission
Phone: (216) 774-5671
Fax: (216) 787-3313
Population: 11,542,645 (U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division)
Lottery Director: Pat McDonald
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Gross Sales FY2015:
Gross Sales FY2016:
Sales Per Capita: $233
Number of Employees: 345
Retailers: 9,828
On-line Vendor Contract: INTRALOT
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Instant Ticket Vendor Contract: Scientific Games
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Advertising Marcus-Thomas LLC
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Games Offered: Mega Millions, KICKER, Powerball, Classic Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Rolling Cash 5, Instants and KENO at traditional Lottery retailer locations; video lottery terminals in operation at licensed racetracks.
Beneficiaries: All Lottery Profits are transferred to the Lottery Profits Education Fund.
Jurisdiction: State of Ohio, USA


Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery by a two-to-one margin in May 1973. Operations began in early 1974 and the first ticket, the weekly passive game Buckeye 300, went on sale August 13, 1974.
The Ohio Lottery introduced instant tickets for the first time in June 1976 with the game Ohio Instant Lottery. Tickets flew off the shelves and by its tenth week, sales had surpassed $51 million.
The Lottery’s first numbers game, the three-digit, The Number (which would become Pick 3), was launched in December 1979, followed by Pick 4 in April 1981. Two years later, Ohio Lotto made its debut. A multistate game joined the product mix for the first time in 2002 when Mega Millions tickets went on sale in May. And fast-draw keno began in August 2008, limited to bars, taverns and other approved outlets.
Currently, the Ohio Lottery offers the draw games Mega Millions, Powerball, Classic Lotto, Rolling Cash 5, Ten-Oh, Pick 3 and Pick 4, plus the monitor game Keno with a Keno to Go option. EZPLAY games are also available through the retail terminals.
In 2012, the Lottery is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cash Explosion TV show, the only TV show still remaining among U.S. lotteries. It is paired with the continuously-running Cash Explosion instant game.
The Ohio Lottery entered a new era in June 2012 with the debut of video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs, one of the state’s seven commercial racetracks eligible for the machines. VLTs were originally approved in 2009; the legislation was finalized in 2011 and upheld in court in 2012.
Lottery proceeds have historically been used for education, and in 1987 voters approved a constitutional amendment permanently earmarking Lottery profits for education. Legislation the following spring created the Lottery Profits Education Fund to provide a clear separation of Lottery revenue from the State’s General Revenue Fund. Since 2007, the Lottery has offered the Partners in Education program, recognizing outstanding students and teachers, K thru 12, with Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month awards.

News Archive for CY2020
July 27, 2020 Ohio Lottery Reports Sales of $4.3 Billion with Profits of $1.13 billion for Education
June 17, 2020 Ohio Lottery Scratch-Off Tickets Commence Flowing Again to Retailers
June 17, 2020 Ohio Lawmakers Call on Lottery to Supplement School Funding
June 14, 2020 State Lottery Ticket Sales Have Surged During the Pandemic

News Archive for CY2019
August 5, 2019 Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.4 Billion
July 11, 2019 Lottery Report Racino Slot Machine Revenue Tops $1B for First Time
April 29, 2019 Legislator Pushes Sports Gambling Plan That Would Fall Under Ohio Lottery Commission
April 5, 2019 Ohio Lottery Eyeing Launch of Mobile and Online ‘iLottery’ Games
February 7, 2019 Governor Names New Director of Ohio Lottery Commission

News Archive for CY2018
October 8, 2018 Mobile Lottery App Aims to Begin Selling Ohio Lottery Tickets in 2019
September 26, 2018 Ohio Lottery and INTRALOT Team with Visa and Worldpay to Showcase Cashless Lottery Play at 2018 NASPL Annual Conference
August 1, 2018 Ohio Giant Eagles Offering New Mobile Way to Play the Lottery
February 15, 2018 Skill Games to be Regulated by Ohio Casino Control Commission
February 13, 2018 The Ohio Lottery is Undertaking Several New Initiatives
January 22, 2017 City Goes After Taxes on Ohio Lottery Winnings

News Archive for CY2017
October 27, 2017 Ohio Lotto to Accept Credit Cards for Scratch-Off Tickets
September 13, 2017 Ohio Lottery to Soon Accept Credit Cards at Self-Service Vending Machines
September 11, 2017 Ohio Lottery Extends Contract with IGT to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services
August 21, 2017 Ohio Lottery Offers 3D Mobile Phone Instant Game Option
Aug. 15, 2017 Ohio Lottery Commission Extends Primary Instant Games Contract with Scientific Games
July 17, 2017 Ohio Lottery’s Annual Profit Exceeds $1 Billion for the Second Year
June 19, 2017 Ohio Lottery Teams Up With Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor for the InspiredOH Initiative
April 21, 2017 Ohio Lottery Game Highlights Ohio-Made Products and Fun
January 23, 2017 Ohio Lottery Seeks More State Money to Stay Competitive

News Archive for CY2016
December 19, 2016 Lottery Looks to Improve Struggling Instant Ticket Sales
November 17, 2016 Ohio Introduces New Gambling Legislation to Increase Oversight of Pools, Online Fantasy Sports Contests and Other Money Drawings
September 26, 2016 Research Firm Presents Draft of Business Assessment Report of the Ohio Lottery
July 12, 2016 Ohio Lottery Celebrates Historic $1 Billion Profit Transfer
July 11, 2016 Ohio Lottery Reports Record Profit of $1 Billion for K-12 Education
July 6, 2016 Ohio Court of Claims Dumps Lawsuit Against Lottery Commission for Wrongful Dismissal

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NEW! MyLotto Win Leads to First Pitch

You already know we have great prizes through our MyLotto Rewards program, and Saturday one of those prizes took Daniel Sifferlin and his family to Progressive Field for an unforgettable night. This prize didn’t just put them in the seats to watch the Indians play, they got to watch batting practice from the dugout and Daniel’s mother-in-law, Marie, who was celebrating her 94th birthday threw out the first pitch!

Daniel used his MyLotto Rewards points to enter the drawing for the Cleveland Indians VIP Box Seat Experience which included watching batting practice from the dugout, scoreboard greetings, promotional items, autographed items and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Daniel said when he found out he won a trip to the game, as luck would have it the game was also on Marie’s birthday. He said Marie has watched every Indians game on TV for more than 20 years and she knows all the players’ names. She’s truly a big fan, and he couldn’t think of a better person to give that first pitch opportunity to other than Marie.

Marie, along with her granddaughter and daughter, stood along the dugout during batting practice, and she did not go unnoticed. Her favorite player, Michael Brantley, stopped to chat along with several other members of the team. Marie loved every second!

As if that wasn’t enough, Marie’s family arranged to have her grandson flown in from California to surprise her. She was overwhelmed with joy. Her grandson and granddaughter escorted her onto the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Marie didn’t disappoint. Wind up and all, this 94-year-old pitched like a pro with applause roaring from the stands!

To top it all off, the Tribe won with a hit by Marie’s favorite player to bring in the winning run.

Congratulations, Marie and Happy Birthday!

Byesville Clark Named Sept. 24 Retailer-of-the-Week

It has only been 3 short years since Selina Miller became the owner of Byesville Clark. In that short time its Ohio Lottery sales have grown and continue to grow at the store. The store’s commitment to growing its Ohio Lottery business is why they are this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

To help promote the Lottery, there is a designated play area with bet slips and winning numbers information. When new games come out the store has a separate set of cubes for new games only, and they are displayed front center for customers to see. Byesville Clark carries all instant ticket games and make it a priority to carry the most popular games for their customers.

The excellent customer service is a bonus to the store’s stellar operation. The employees cater to the needs and requests of customers. Their customers feel welcomed and excited when they come into the store.

To be a successful Lottery agent owner Selina Miller offers this advice; “Work with your Ohio Lottery Sales Representative to get the optimal sales mix. Promote the newest games and jackpots!”

Byesville Clark averages $6,900 in weekly sales for both instant and on-line games and carries 36 instant tickets over the counter.

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. Byesville Clark will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 29.

Guernsey County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Roosters Pickerington Named Sept. 17 Retailer-of-the-Week

When you enter Roosters Pickerington you can expect more than just great food. The fun-filled environment encourages customers to come, stay and play. This restaurant has mastered the art of making customers feel like family. Those qualities and more are why it is the Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

Most would think that it would be hard to create a family atmosphere in a restaurant as large as Roosters Pickerington, but that is not the case. A smile goes a long way at this location. The welcoming staff enjoy each other’s company, and most have been with the restaurant for many years. The customers recognize that, and it makes them feel welcomed and invited.

Winner posters provided by their Ohio Lottery Sales Representative are hung near the various monitors at this location. The restaurant owners have expanded the space. Adding more seating, two private party rooms, a carry-out room, and an additional outdoor patio, makes them the largest Roosters in the country. They have increased their sales by 40% from the previous year.

To be a successful Lottery retailer, general manager Steve Rheinfrank, offers this advice: “Be mindful of the equipment that everything is working before your business opens. Make sure your staff is knowledgeable on all Lottery games to answer questions and offer friendly service to your customers!”

Roosters averages $17,024 in weekly on-line sales.

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. Roosters will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 22.

Franklin County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Watch Out for Scammers!

Have you ever received a social media message claiming you won a prize? If you have, you’re not alone, and when it comes to social media, the internet and email, you have to be protective of your information.

Today we received a message from a player who had been solicited via email claiming that the Ohio Lottery offers grants. The email came from [email protected] That’s not an account representing the Ohio Lottery or the Cash Explosion Show.

Last week a customer called to let us know that a representative of the Consumer Protection Agency called him to inform him of a $450,000 Mega Millions sweepstakes prize he had won. He said the representative told him that there are so many scams that he’s calling winners so they know it’s real. Uh huh. The customer didn’t bite.

In recent weeks players have contacted us about messages they received on Instagram from someone claiming to be the Ohio Lottery. The messages said that the user had won a large cash prize. Sounds great, except the message was not from the Ohio Lottery.

As social media has grown, so have scams like these. Here’s what you should know about those messages.

*The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize.

*Misspellings, bad grammar and the word “sweepstakes” are dead giveaways that it’s a scam.

*The official Ohio Lottery Instagram is verified so look for the check mark in the blue circle.

*Never give personal information like bank account or social security numbers.

*If you’re unsure, call the Ohio Lottery at 1-800-686-4208.

*If you didn’t enter a drawing or buy a ticket, chances are you did not win.

We hope you follow these tips to stay safe and protect your money and your personal information.

Winner Wednesday

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Winner Wednesday! This week’s big winner stories are cash filled and exciting. Keep reading to see who has hit it big!

Christine Dickson of Galloway was a big winner this week! She won $102,405 on the EZPLAY® progressive game Twenty 20s.

Scott Bright of New Castle, PA won $20,000 on the $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket.

Joe Dixon of Jackson won $10,000 on the $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular instant ticket.

William Bryant of Tiffin won $50,000 when he scratched the Max the Money instant ticket.

Lacey Crisco of Ashland was another $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket winner. She won $10,000!

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