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Winner Wednesday

Wednesday is here, and that means winner stories! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio this week.

Joshua Weeks of Corning walked into the week with a big win. He won $10,000 playing 50X the Money.

Diane Rieger of Parma is celebrating an extravagant win this Winner Wednesday. She won $10,000 playing $100 Million Cash Extravaganza.

Brenda Simpson of Millersburg is ready for the fabulous life after she won $5 million in the Fabulous Fortune Top Prize Drawing. Fabulous Fortune is a $20 Ohio Lottery scratch off with a $5 million annuity top prize paid as $250,000 a year for 20 years. After state and federal tax withholdings, Brenda will receive $180,000 a year for 20 years. The Head Start teacher said she still can’t believe she won. Her co-workers only had one question. “I told the people I work with and they asked if I was coming to work tomorrow. I still plan to work, but I told my husband he can retire,” Simpson said. She plans to pay off her home and maybe buy a house for her daughter. Brenda purchased her winning ticket at Rodhe IGA, located at 2105 Glen Drive in Millersburg.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners. Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
 
Posted: 9/11/2019 1:30:00 PM


$5 Million Winner Plans to Keep Working

Rodhe's IGA is a grocery store and Ohio Lottery retailer nestled in the heart of Amish Country, and the staff knows their customers like family. So, when Rodhe's employees found out one of the tickets they sold was a $5 million winner, they couldn't wait to find out who won. 

Thursday, the staff gathered around to watch as Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald presented the ceremonial $5 million check to Brenda Simpson. Simpson won the Top Prize Drawing for the Fabulous Fortune scratch off. She was one of 14 entries in the second chance drawing for the top prize of $250,000 a year for 20 years.

The staff had signs that spelled out $5,000,000, one number for each employee to hold in celebration of Brenda's big win.

Brenda, who received the call a few days earlier, was still in disbelief. She purchased her ticket back in 2016 and won $5,500 and an entry into the top prize drawing. She knew the drawing was coming up, but she never imagined she would win.  

“I told the people I work with and they asked if I was coming to work tomorrow. I still plan to work, but I told my husband he can retire,” Simpson said. She added that she loves working with the kids, so she wants to keep teaching.

Brenda's husband, Tyrone, said he wants to take his wife on a much deserved vacation, and the couple plans to pay off their home.

The couple chose to take the annuity option prize of $250,000 a year for 20 years before taxes.

Rodhe's IGA received a $10,000 bonus for selling the top prize-winning ticket. Congratulations!
Posted: 9/6/2019 10:22:36 AM


Kicking Off September with Winner Wednesday

September is here, and we’re kicking off the new month with Winner Wednesday! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio this week.

Ronald Meehling of Proctorville welcomed the week with a big Powerball win. He won $50,004 playing the draw game. Ronald won big on the August 24, 2019 drawing. The winning numbers were 5-12-20-21-47, with a red ball of 1. When asked if he has any plans for his winnings, Ronald said he is giving his brother half. He purchased his winning ticket at Speedway #9286, located at 119 State St. in Proctorville.

William Teter of Columbus scratched his way to a big win this week. He won $20,000 playing 50X the Money. William purchased his winning ticket at E&E Market, located at 778 E. Hudson St. in Columbus.

Tracy Brown of Bidwell is celebrating an extreme win this Winner Wednesday after winning $10,000 playing Extreme Millions. Tracy purchased the winning ticket at Brown’s Market, located at 3553 State Route 160 in Gallipolis.

Steven Ward of Elyria is racing through the week with a big win. He won $50,000 playing Fastest Road to $1 Million.

Brandon Lyles of Sandusky is having a spectacular week after his top prize win. He won $80,000 a year for 25 years playing Platinum Diamond Spectacular. He’ll be celebrating this win for the next 25 years because he chose the annuity prize. Brandon purchased his winning ticket at Sandusky Food Mart, located at 1040 Cleveland Rd. in Sandusky.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
 
Posted: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 PM


New Scratch Offs Coming September 3!

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course! It might be an age old joke, but next month it's also the name of one of our newest scratch offs.

No need to ask why the chicken crossed the road, ask instead how much you can win with this $2 scratch off. If you reveal five arrow symbols from start to finish without revealing a car symbol, you win the prize shown automatically for that game. Reveal an egg symbol and win the prize shown for that game automatically. Reveal a corn symbol and win $10. The top prize is $20,000.

Get your reading glasses on and try the $3 scratch off WORD for a shot at a $30,000 top prize. Just scratch off your 18 letters. Then scratch ALL the letters found in GAME 1, GAME 2 and GAME 3 that exactly match the YOUR 18 LETTERS. If you match all of the letters in a word, you win the prize for that word. You might even find a 2X or 3X multiplier.  

Lucky Loot HD is a $5 scratch off that gives you a shot at a $150,000 top prize. There are several ways to win. If any one or more of your numbers match any of the winning numbers, you win the prize shown. Reveal a shamrock and win $50. If you find a 10X symbol, you win 10 times the prize shown. Reveal two identical symbols in the bonus area and you win the prize shown. 

Get ready to win! These new scratch offs will be available September 3.
Posted: 8/31/2019 12:51:35 PM


Partners in Education Nominations Easier Than Ever!

School is back in session and so is our Partners in Education Program! Except now, nominating outstanding teachers and students is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our online nomination process.

Just visit ohiolottery.com/About/Partners-in-Education and select the form to nominate a teacher or a student. Fill out the nomination form and click "Submit". That's it! No printing, mailing or emailing.

We accept nominations for Academic All-Star and Teacher of the Month from September to May. Every month we'll conduct a random drawing for each participating region to select one Academic All-Star and Teacher of the Month.

Each winning teacher and student receives a certificate, $75 gift card, $75 prize pack, and their name posted on the Partners in Education web page.

Online submissions are being accepted now, so don't wait! 

Click here for a direct link to the Partners In Education page for information about the program and to nominate a student or teacher.

 
Posted: 8/30/2019 10:25:19 AM


Wrapping Up August with Winner Wednesday

The start of September is just days away, so we’re wrapping up August by sharing some winner stories. Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio this week.

Kelley Van Atta of Arlington raced her way to a top prize win. She won $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Fastest Road to $1 Million. Kelley chose the cash option prize, and she plans to use her prize to get free of some student loan debt. She purchased her winning ticket at Butt Hut #4, located at 1928 Tiffin Ave. in Findlay.

John Lawson of Napoleon scratched his way to a top prize win this week. He won $20,000 playing Power Play Cashword. John purchased his winning ticket at Just Smokes #6, located at 200 North Metcalf St. in Lima.

Julie Hogue of Lewisville spun the wheel and won big this week. She won $10,000 playing Wheel of Fortune. Julie made her claim at the Athens regional office. She was in the office in recent months with another $10,000 and a $15,000 winner! Julie purchased her winning Wheel of Fortune ticket at Woodsfield Duches #1211, located at 204 W. Court St. in Woodsfield.

On Sunday, we attended the 29th Annual CHA Animal Shelter Dog Jog. Attendees had the chance to “play fetch” and win merchandise. Amy played fetch and won big! She entered and won our drawing for a $250 gift card to spoil her lucky dog. She also won $5 on a Lucky Dog Doubler scratch off for a total prize of $250! Thanks to CHA Animal Shelter for having us this year.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
 
Posted: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 PM


Winner Wednesday

Another Wednesday is here, and that means winner stories! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio this week.

Charles Cavendish of Akron welcomed this week with a big win. He won $40,000 a year for 25 years playing $100 Million Cash Bonanza. Charles chose the cash option prize. He purchased his winning ticket at The Cigarette Outlet, located at 2049 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Charles Miller of Logan is celebrating a big win on a $10 scratch off. He won $15,000 playing Decade of Dollars. Charles purchased his winning ticket at The Cheiftain Convenience Store, located at 14240 State Route 328 in Logan.

Brandon Eves of Cleveland had a very happy Monday after a big win. He won $10,000 playing 50X the Money. Brandon purchased his winning ticket at Marc’s #12, located at 7359 Northcliff Ave. in Brooklyn.

Sean Holian of Cleveland is celebrating a top prize win this week. He won $150,000 playing Casino Royale.

John Storey of Portsmouth is racing through the week with a big win. He won $10,000 playing Fastest Road to $1 Million. John plans to race straight to the bank with his prize. He purchased his winning ticket at Gallia Street Valero, located at 2306 Gallia St. in Portsmouth.

Running an errand for his wife turned into a big win for John Ferguson III of Sandusky. He purchased a Royal Gems scratch off because “the ticket dangling there caught my eye,” and ended up winning $100,000! John purchased his winning ticket at Friendship Foods, located at 922 West Perkins Ave. in Sandusky. He plans on using the prize money to help his growing family.

David Becks of North Ridgeville is celebrating a big EZPLAY® win this week. He won $27,838 playing progressive jackpot game, Perfect Game 300. He purchased his winning ticket at Elyria Moose Family Center, located at 555 Ternes Ave. in Elyria.

Donna Petriella of Lyndhurst is celebrating a top prize win this week. She won $20,000 playing 45th Anniversary Black.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
 
Posted: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 PM


Cash Explosion Streaming Live

Football season is coming fast, and that means Cash Explosion fans across the state will find their favorite Saturday night game show could get pre-empted. Don't worry, though. You won't need to wait for the show to air later that night. You can stream it instead!

The Cash Explosion Show is now live streaming the popular lottery game show on Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

Just visit the Cash Explosion website, www.cashexplosionshow.com, and click the "Watch Live" button on the front page.

You can also stream the show using the Ohio Lottery mobile app. Within the app, tap the "Video" option and the watch live link is at the top of the page.

Click here to learn more about Cash Explosion.


 
Posted: 8/19/2019 12:53:37 PM


Celebrating 45 Years of Winners with Winner Wednesday

On August 13th, we celebrated our 45th anniversary. Today, we are celebrating winners! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday.

Donald Sosby of Bellefontaine rolled his way to a big win this week. He won $50,000 playing Rolling Cash 5. Donald hit the jackpot on the August 1, 2019 drawing. The winning numbers were 4-7-8-18-21. He purchased his winning ticket at Speedy Mart, located at 511 S. Main St, in Bellefontaine.

Heather Sonagere of Caldwell is a big winner this week. She won $10,000 playing 50X the Money. Heather purchased her winning ticket at Singer Sunoco, located at 17010 McConnelsville Rd. in Caldwell.

Robert Ray of Minerva maxed the money and won big. He won $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Max the Money. Robert chose the cash option prize. Robert and his son celebrated the big win this week. When asked if he had any plans for his prize, Robert answered that he wants to invest. He purchased his winning ticket at Discount Drug Mart #50, located at 1145 Alliance Rd. in Minerva.

Gary Ward of McArthur welcomed this week with a big Powerball win. He won $50,004 playing the draw game. Gary won big on the August 10, 2019 drawing. The winning numbers were 35-41-44-58-59.

Kandi McQueary of Marietta scratched her way to a top prize win this week. She won $150,000 playing Lots of $500s. Kandi purchased her winning ticket at Certified Oil #423, located at 10257 Lancaster Rd. in Hebron.

Eric Drumm of Huber Heights is celebrating a big win this week. He won $20,000 playing 50X the Money. Eric is very excited about his big win. He’s not sure what he will do with his prize, but he knows it will be something fun!

Kyle Spring of Lancaster is celebrating a big EZPLAY® win this week. He won $154,310 playing the EZPLAY Progressive Jackpot game Match Frenzy. Kyle purchased his winning ticket at Hide A Way Hills Carryout, located at 28521 Hide a Way Hills Rd. in Sugar Grove.

Rebecca Daubenmire of Rockbridge hit the jackpot this week. She won $120,001 playing Rolling Cash 5. Rebecca won big on the August 11, 2019 drawing. The winning numbers were 1-3-9-17-27. She purchased her winning ticket at Go-Mart #114, located at 10730 Jackson St. in Rockbridge.

On August 13, 1974, the first Ohio Lottery game went on sale. Buckeye 300 tickets were 50 cents each, and at the time it was the only game offered. Today, we are proud to celebrate 45 years of innovating fun games, watching players celebrate big wins, and contributing to education in Ohio. We look forward to the next 45 years!

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
 
Posted: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 PM


Big Winner Sold at Brecksville More-4-Less

Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald stopped by Brecksville More-4-Less today to congratulate the retailer on a recent jackpot-winning Classic Lotto ticket.

"It's always a pleasure providing much deserved recognition to our hardworking retailers. I want to congratulate Pratik Patel and his employees at Brecksville More-4-Less," McDonald said.
 
The store sold the Classic Lotto ticket worth $18.7 million on July 27, 2019. This is the biggest winning ticket Brecksville More-4-Less has sold to date.
 
“At one of our other stores we sold a $1 million winning scratch off and we doubled our commissions that year, so this will definitely help our business,” owner Pratik Patel said.
 
The winner hasn’t come forward yet, but Patel says he’s got a hunch about who it could be. He says the store has a couple of regular Classic Lotto players who haven’t stopped by in a couple of weeks.

The winner has 180 days from the drawing date to claim the prize. The winning numbers were 6-13-20-21-27-35.
 
To learn more about Classic Lotto, click here.  
 
Posted: 8/12/2019 2:55:41 PM