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Winner! Winner! Winner Wednesday!

Time to celebrate winning!

Ohio Lottery players across the state aren't just experiencing the fun of playing our games, they're enjoying the winning experience, too!

Robert from Bidwell scratched a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket and won $15,000.

He bought his winning ticket at Wal-Mart in Gallipolis. 

The holiday season might be over, but Scott is still celebrating after his $1,000 win on $1 Million Merry & Bright!

He bought the ticket at Friends Food Mart in Mansfield.

He's using his winnings to go on a gold panning trip. 

Mark from Walbridge bought one ticket for the January 19, 2022 Rolling Cash 5 drawing, and it ended up being the winning ticket! He won $365,000.
 
Ralphie's #1 in Oregon sold the winning ticket. 

Will you be our next big winner? After you cash your winning ticket, share it with us on social media using #IWonTheOHLottery.
Posted: 1/26/2022 11:37:35 AM


December 2021 Partners in Education Winners

Hats off to our Partners in Education winners for the month of December! The Ohio Lottery recognizes the Teachers of the Month and the Academic All Stars throughout the state who have been working hard in their schools and beyond. Congratulations to December’s winners.

John Evans, fourth-grade student at Almira Academy: “John has exceeded all academic expectations,” says teacher Sharon Lenahan. John currently has all A’s in school and he is a great role model to his classmates and peers. “He shares so much information and goes well above what is expected of him. He is also our class meteorologist and shares his weather report with us daily. He is a model student, and his classmates are so proud of him,” says Lenahan.

Sharon Janiak, kindergarten teacher at Green Valley Elementary School: “Mrs. Janiak is one of the kindest and most dedicated teachers I have ever met,” says parent April Nagorski. “We had the privilege of having her teach all three of our children. Although each of our children were very different in personality, she reached them all in a special way. All three will tell you that she was one of their favorites when they look back at the teachers they have had.” When Janiak was teaching from home, Nagorski was able to get ideas from her. “I hope she will be recognized through this program because the best teachers don’t always get the recognition,” says Nagorski.

Aubree Bates, sixth-grade student at Milton-Union Middle School: Aubree is an “all-around fantastic” student. “She is very conscientious and hard-working,” says teacher Kelly Strick. She volunteers to help others and shows compassion to her fellow classmates.

Sadie Steffan, eighth-grade teacher at Urbana Junior High School: Sadie acts as a teacher, mentor, and coach. “She goes out of her way to build engaging lessons for her students and grow professionally through professional development,” says peer teacher Shane Souders. “Sadie is very open minded and creates a welcoming environment for all of her students. Sadie has dedicated her life to being a life-long learner and to teaching the youth of our community.”

Gracee Schroer, third-grade student at J.F. Burns Elementary School: Gracee works hard in school and as a gymnast, and she was chosen to perform at a halftime show on ESPN. Coach Karol Warden says, “Gracee continues to work hard on gymnastics and schoolwork to be the best she can be!”

Kara Haddix, ninth and tenth-grade English teacher at Western Hills High School: Yolanda Lawson describes Kara as a “model” English teacher. “She is a master at integrating technology and is setting the bar for what a core content area teacher and intervention specialist co-teaching team should look like,” says Lawson. “In one 45-minute class, she effectively and seamlessly uses up to five different applications to engage students, amplify student voice, and open access to content. Her Schoology page is a masterclass on how to engage students asynchronously.”

Lapri Rigsbee, senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School: Lapri is attending the dental program at Eastland Career Center and plans to graduate in May from both schools. She gets straight A’s while working two jobs and recently joined the National Honor Society. She is a mentor and tutor to her nieces and nephew and is described as a leader.

Sue Gumm, fourth through sixth-grade physical education teacher at Toll Gate Middle School: Sue works hard and is dedicated to her students. Principal Michael Kauffeld says, “Sue is a true team player who goes out of her way to make sure every student has a positive experience at school. When challenges present themselves, you will find Sue there with a great attitude, a comforting smile, and words of encouragement.”

Rilyn Haught, senior at River High School: Rilyn is described as a “model student.” She has a high GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, and participates in the College Credit Plus program. She is an all-star academically and a “standout” volleyball player as well. “Her accolades for her senior year of volleyball include Mid-Ohio Valley All League and District 12, 1st Team,” says Principal Ed Trifonoff. She is a star both academically and athletically. Haught is amazing in class and on the court.

Bob Cicogna, science teacher at River High School: Bob shares many responsibilities at the school. He teaches several science courses such as Chemistry I and II as well as Anatomy and Physiology. He also teaches College Credit Plus courses and organizes the American Red Cross Blood Drive and the food drive. “Many students have given testimonials on how prepared they were for college because of the job Mr. Cicogna did in the classroom,” says Principal Trifonoff.

Madelyn Smerkar, seventh-grade student at James A Garfield Middle School: “Madelyn is a high achieving seventh-grade student who has overcome many obstacles,” says teacher Vanessa Shafer. “She has proven great qualities in academics, leadership, and attitude in the first quarter of this year. Academically, she strives to do her best and is one of the top seventh-grade math students. She demonstrates excellent group collaboration skills by listening to other people’s ideas and contributing to team discussions. She proves her responsibility by seeking assistance when needed and always being prepared for class. Her motivation enables her to persevere to solve problems that are definite challenges. Madelyn is a bright young woman with exemplary behavior and an overall positive attitude that is much admired.”

Haylie Menefee, eighth-grade student at Indian Valley Middle School: Haylie is an outstanding lady with “extraordinary devotion to her studies and personal growth.” She is in Honors Geometry and takes AP French and an advanced English Language Arts class. She is a successful student who demonstrates the skills of a leader and enjoys helping others. Administrator Brandy Grant says, “Our learning community is a better place with her in it!”

James “Blair” Emler, ninth-grade social studies teacher at Indian Valley High School: James engages students through multimedia presentations and innovative lessons, and his lessons are described as informative and easy to understand. “He inspires the young and old around him through both his love of content and the excitement he brings to each class,” says Administrator Jody Ditcher. He is a very respected leader at the school and is a mentor and facilitator for Resident Educators.

Nick Valentino, government teacher at Fairless High School: “Mr. Valentino has a magical way of expressing a value for each of his student’s opinions,” says Administrator Larry Chambliss. “In showing value to each student, he is able to create sense of community which assists his kids in achieving. If a student has personal struggles, Mr. Valentino is approachable. He is this way with fellow colleagues. Along with his sense of warmth, Mr. Valentino manages to set high expectations. His students score ahead of most kids their age.”

Paige Fresch, fourth-grade teacher at Sandusky Intermediate School: She is described as going above and beyond in the classroom. She strives to get both the parents and students involved in the day-to-day learning. She is a dedicated educator.

Congratulations to all our December Partners in Education winners! You can nominate an outstanding student or teacher for Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month online by Clicking Here. Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
Posted: 1/25/2022 2:00:00 PM


Mega Fun on tap Tonight!

Someone's Tuesday could get really happy after tonight's Mega Millions drawing.

The jackpot currently sits at $396 million!

It's a whopper for sure, and we're itching for a big winner here in the Buckeye State!

Ohio's last jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket was sold back in December of 2019 at Giant Eagle in Mentor. The jackpot was $375 million.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each, and you can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply your non-jackpot winnings.

Your big win could be tonight! Get your Mega Millions tickets today.

You can purchase Mega Millions tickets at the counter or through our self-serve stations.

To learn more about Mega Millions, click here.

 
Posted: 1/25/2022 10:34:58 AM


Meet Our Retailer-of-the-Week, Martin's Corner Deli Avon

Martin’s Corner Deli Avon is our Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week, and the staff is ready to make your lottery experience a fun one!

This retailer has been selling Lottery for over 10 years, so they know their stuff.

You'll find signage to keep you in the loop on new games and jackpots, and a dedicated Lottery area to stop and play your games comfortably.

The self-serve station is always stocked to keep customers happy.   

Check out Martin's Corner Deli Avon for your next Ohio Lottery purchase!

 

Posted: 1/24/2022 11:50:46 AM


Let's Celebrate! It's Winner Wednesday!

Wednesdays call for celebration as we take a look back at some of our most recent winners!

Cleo won big playing Pick 5. He matched the winning numbers in the evening drawing on January 14th to win $50,000! The winning numbers were 2-3-6-1-2. He bought his winning ticket at GM Food Mart in Toledo.

Denise in Cincinnati picked up a $100,000 win on the Holiday Lucky X10 Scratch-Off. Marathon Food Mart in Cincinnati sold the winning ticket.

Jonathan won $1,000 playing MONOPOLY 200X. He picked up his lucky ticket at Circle K #5269 in Columbus.

Scott in Loudonville scratched $500,000 Happy Holidays and won $500. 

Wayne in Springfield won $500 playing 25 X Winter Winnings. He owes some of his luck to a friend he asked to pick out a ticket for him. He bought his winning ticket at Roger's 4 Wheeler in Springfield.

Looking for more winner news?

Check out our Media Center to see all of the most recent winner press releases.

 
Posted: 1/19/2022 10:40:01 AM


Meet Our Retailer-of-the-Week, Shannon's Mini Mart

You're like family when you visit Shannon's Mini Mart in Austinburg.

This mom-and-pop shop knows a thing or two about customer service. They know their customers by name, and they will help answer any questions about lottery games.

They've been selling Lottery for over 14 years! They've even sold a $1 million Powerball winner and a winning $50,000 scratch-off.

Customers who visit Shannon's are loyal to the store. Some folks even come in to play as a group.

Check out Shannon's Mini Mart in Austinburg for your next Ohio Lottery purchase.
Posted: 1/17/2022 3:49:01 PM


It's Winner Wednesday!

Winners are rolling in to start 2022. 

Our feature winner this Wednesday is no stranger to winning!

Michael from Canton played Powerball and won $50,000.

He bought his winning ticket at Sams Oil Inc. in Canton. 

You might recognize him from his Pick 4 win last year. He bought that ticket at Sams Oil Inc, too.

Looks like he's making Sams a lucky spot!
 
Mark is also sharing in the excitement of a $50,000 Powerball win.

He bought a ticket at Holloway Beverages in Holland for the December 27th drawing.

Linda won the $250,000 top prize on Holiday Lucky Times 10. 

She bought her lucky ticket at Countyline One Stop Center in Port Clinton.

Congratulations to our winners! Keep an eye on our social media channels for up-to-the-minute winner news.
Posted: 1/12/2022 10:53:48 AM


Meet Our Retailer-of-the-Week, Smith's Waco Market

This week's Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week is a one-stop shop for hot food, a full deli, and Ohio Lottery games!

Congratulations to Smith’s Waco Market!

If you're looking for top-notch customer service, visit Smith's. They make customers the top priority by creating relationships with their players. 

You can play at the dedicated lottery counter and know you'll be up to date on all of the newest scratch-offs and growing jackpots thanks to employees and the vast amount of signage displayed. 

Stop by Smith's Waco Market in Canton for your next Ohio Lottery purchase. 

Posted: 1/10/2022 11:08:54 AM


Powerball Jackpot Raised to $630 Million!

Massive Jackpot Alert!

Tonight's Powerball jackpot has been raised from $610 million to $630 million!

The cash option is $448.4 million. 

Now all you need to do is grab a ticket for the drawing.

Powerball tickets are $2 each.

You can add the Power Play for an additional $1.

The jackpot has been rolling since October and currently sits at the seveth spot on the jackpot record list.
 
Who will win it? Stop by an Ohio Lottery retailer today and get into the game for your chance! 
 
Posted: 1/5/2022 11:44:50 AM


Kicking off 2022 with New Scratch-Offs!

Here we go!

Just five days into the new year, and we've got five new Ohio Lottery Scratch-Offs just for you.

Try Luck of the Irish Tripler for a shot at the game's top prize of $1,000. Just match three identical prize amounts to win the prize shown, or match two prize amounts and reveal a shamrock to win triple the prize automatically.

Get $2 and try a Winner$ Galore scratch-off. This game has a top prize of $500, with the winning starting at $10.

Multiply The Money is our newest $5 Scratch-Off that gives you a shot at $100,000! You play each row separately on this fun scratch-off. Make sure you look for the multiplier symbol to multiply your prize.

Checking in at the $10 price point is Million Dollar Mega Multiplier. It has a top prize of $1,000,000! Don't forget to scratch the Mega Multiplier in each row for a chance to multiply any prize won in that row.

Get ready to pass GO with the $30 scratch-off Monopoly 200X. This game has a top prize of $5,000,000! Scratch the two bonus boxes for a chance to win $100 or $500 automatically!

Get into the fun with Ohio Lottery Scratch-Offs! To learn more about the entire lineup of scratch-offs, just click here!
Posted: 1/4/2022 9:46:37 AM