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Jackpots are Soaring!

Here we go! There's a weekend of jackpot drawings with over $1.3 billion in prizes up for grabs!

After no one won the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots this week, we're looking at a $750 million Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing and a $640 million Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing.

It's not often that both games have jackpots this gigantic. This is only the third time both jackpots have been over $500 million at the same time. 

Ohio has had 20 Mega Millions jackpot winners and three Powerball jackpot winners over the years. You could be next!

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each. Players can add the Megaplier or the Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Click Here to learn more about Powerball and Mega Millions.
    
Ohio Lottery customers can purchase tickets in retail by visiting the counter or using one of the Ohio Lottery self-service machines.

As an added convenience, players who like to pick their numbers can store them in the Ohio Lottery mobile app’s e-playslip to scan at retail. Click Here to learn more about the e-playslip. 
 
Will you be the next big winner? Not if you don't buy a ticket. Get yours today!
  
Posted: 1/15/2021 8:45:47 AM


December Partners in Education Winners

The holidays may have been top of mind in December, but Ohio’s students and teachers were still hard at work. Check out our Partners in Education December Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month!

Our first December Academic All Star is Caneacha Matthews. Caneacha is a senior at Western Hills High School. She is described as kind, thoughtful and hardworking. Caneacha is at the top of her graduating class, a student ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and the co-captain of Girls to Women. Yolanda Lawson nominated Caneacha and notes that she has been organizing virtual meetings and scheduling guest speakers.

Colton Zweifel is a senior at Cloverleaf Local Schools and a December Academic All Star. He is described as an incredibly bright student. Joel Shurance is Colton’s teacher and nominator. Joel says that “it has been great to see the growth Colton has had from when I first had him as freshman.” Colton is known for making insightful contributions to class discussion and putting his full effort towards his work.

Liv Schneider is another December Academic All Star. Liv is a senior at Fort Frye High School. She currently has a 4.0 grade point average. Liv is engaged in a variety of school activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Cadets for a Cause, and Principal’s Cabinet. Liv is a student athlete, playing on the school’s basketball and volleyball teams. She also participates in AAU basketball.

Our first December Teacher of the Month is Ashley Watson. Ashley is an Intervention Specialist for the fourth and fifth grades at Westbrooke Village Elementary. She is described as dedicated to her students, even using her personal time to make sure her students understand the lesson. Neldra Glasper nominated Ashley and said, “She works very hard to make learning fun and interesting during these hard times. She is my hero during COVID-19.”

Michelle Schroeck teaches sixth grade Social Studies at Teays West Middle School and is a December Teacher of the Month. Abigail Daniels nominated Michelle and said, “She is one of the best teachers I have ever had.” Michelle was also nominated by Harper Grimes. Harper said, “Mrs. Schroeck makes every lesson fun. She is always happy to see everyone when they come to her class.”

Katy Rinehart is our next December Teacher of the Month. Katy teaches first grade at Dowds Elementary School. She is known for teaching with compassion and joy, and for setting an example of kindness in her classroom. Kristin Kaple-Jones nominated Katy and said, “[She] is a teacher that every child should be lucky to have in their school career. She sets high expectations for every child in her class and works hard to ensure they have the support they need to meet those expectations. Miss Rinehart is truly an asset to our school!”

Our next Teacher of the Month is Elizabeth Kelly. Elizabeth is a Math and English Intervention Specialist at Struthers Middle School. She is known for always coming to work with a smile and her willingness to teach any student or contribute to her team of teachers. Amanda McNinch nominated Elizabeth and said, “Elizabeth is often supporting students when they become frustrated with the material or need a different way to learn a skill or concept. She has become adept at influencing the design of lessons to prevent frustration for students who need more support to succeed in class.”

Beth Morgan is our next December Teacher of the Month. She teaches third grade at Cherokee Elementary. Beth is described as teacher who “cares deeply for her students as individuals and as learners.” Angela Gardner nominated Beth and said, “Mrs. Morgan has shown great tenacity, supporting students via digital and face-to-face platforms. She provides a warm and welcoming classroom environment. She celebrates kindness in her students every day.”

Laurie Campitelli is our next Teacher of the Month. Laurie teaches seventh grade Science at Athens Middle School. Joel Porter has a child in Laurie’s class and nominated her for Teacher of the Month. Joel said, “She has adapted so well to online learning, making the middle school experience as seamless as possible for my seventh grader. My child has thrived in this new online environment, and Mrs. Campitelli is one of the main reasons for this. She has gone above and beyond for her students.”

Lisa Wolfarth teaches seventh grade at Twinsburg City Schools and is a Teacher of the Month for December. Lisa is described as a “responsible, dependable, intelligent and highly organized professional” who is committed to her students. She has a “genuine enthusiasm and eagerness to make a difference in the live of students.” Lynnette Jimenez nominated Lisa and said, “Mrs. Wolfarth recognizes each students’ needs and talents in order to help become as independent as possible while also using content knowledge in all areas to support [their] needs. In addition, Mrs. Wolfarth promotes a culture of respect for all. [She] always goes above and beyond to get her students excited about and engaged in learning.”

Our final December Teacher of the Month is Tricia Seuffert. Tricia teaches ninth and tenth grade English at Bedford High School. She is known for the effort and commitment she dedicates to her students’ success. Judith Swiat nominated Tricia and said, “Tricia spends many hours preparing lessons for her students. She teaches not only the subject matter but responsibility to yourself. She strives to get to know her students, and she can often detail a plan to help them achieve their best in her class.”

Congratulations to all of 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: 1/14/2021 3:00:00 PM


Are you a winner? Tips on the journey to claim your prize and beyond

Mega-Powerball_Winner.pngCongratulations! There’s often a rush of emotion once a player realizes they’ve won. If you’ve won a substantial amount of money, here are a few thoughts to help you navigate your win:

1.    Put your ticket in a safe place. Your ticket is a bearer instrument so treat it with care. You may want to sign the back of the ticket as well.

2.    Determine your priorities for the money. Is there a special purchase you want to make?  Would you like to help out your children or a charity or other good cause? Make a plan to help you achieve your goals.

3.    Get some guidance. Consider talking to a financial planner and attorney to determine the best way to claim the prize money. You might begin by working with a certified financial planner. To hold this credential, a certified financial planner has to meet certain educational and experience requirements and ethical standards in which your best interests come first. www.letsmakeaplan.org/

Jackpot prizes and some others offer winners a choice of an annuity over a period of time or a lumpsum payout. You’ll want to determine what is best for your personal situation. You’ll also want to consider taxes – federal, state and local taxes too. Keep your paperwork in order and take the time to review. www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc419 

4.    Know the deadline to claim. Winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim any draw game prize or 180 days from the closing date of a scratch-off to claim. Note that there are special claiming options available during the pandemic, as part of the Governor’s State of Emergency. Give the Ohio Lottery a call at 1-800-686-4208 and we would be happy to answer your questions. You can also check out our website for prize claiming details.  www.ohiolottery.com/Claiming/Index

 
Posted: 1/14/2021 8:44:20 AM


Winner Wednesday

Wednesday is here again, and we all know that means winner stories! Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio in this week’s Winner Wednesday!

Joyce Newkirk of Toledo is celebrating a big Pick 5 win. She won $25,000 playing the daily draw game! Joyce won big on the December 28, 2020 evening draw. The winning numbers were 8-1-0-2-2. Joyce purchased her winning ticket at Our Time Carry Out, located at 2100 Dorr St. in Toledo.

Mark Griggs of Maumee was feeling lucky this week. He won $828,254 playing the EZPLAY® Progressive Jackpot game, Lucky Numbers! Mark won big on December 31, 2020. He purchased his winning ticket at Ralphie’s #2, located at 6609 Airport Highway in Holland.

Marsha Harris of Findlay is celebrating a jackpot win this Winner Wednesday. She won $31,334 playing the EZPLAY® Progressive Jackpot game, Quick Spot! Marsha won big on January 2, 2021. She purchased her winning ticket at Another Wolfies, located at 8013 CR 140 in Findlay.

Terry Boston of Findlay is shining like a diamond after a big win. He won $10,000 playing $300 Million Diamond Dazzler! Terry purchased his winning ticket at The Kroger Co. #327, located at 1996 Tiffin Ave. in Findlay.

Mary Clark of North Baltimore is feeling merry after scratching her way to a big win. She won $10,000 playing Merry Millions! Mary purchased her winning ticket at North Baltimore Convenience Station, located at 101 South Main St. in North Baltimore.

Aaron Kervin of Perrysburg is still feeling the holiday spirit after a big win. He won $10,000 playing $500,000 Holiday Money! Aaron purchased his winning ticket at Circle K #6545, located at 26580 Dixie Highway in Perrysburg.

Dennis Wigner of Findlay rolled his way to a big win this week. He won $36,667 playing Rolling Cash 5! Dennis won big on the January 2, 2021 drawing. The winning numbers were 1-16-27-29-38. He purchased his winning ticket at Southside Wolfies, located at 546 Sixth St. in Findlay.

Raymond Cole of Oregon scratched his way to a top prize win. He won $20,000 playing Power Play Cashword! Raymond purchased his winning ticket at Ridis #46, located at 4833 North Summit St. in Toledo.

Barry Hillabrand of Rising Sun maxed the money and won big. He won $10,000 playing Max the Money! Barry purchased his winning ticket at Butt Hut, located at 1405 North Countyline St. in Fostoria.

Vivian Stamper of Bucyrus is feeling grand after a top prize win. She won the top prize of $500,000 playing Grand Diamond Dollars! Vivian purchased her winning ticket at Circle K #5653, located at 405 North Sandusky St. in Bucyrus.

Amy Gryzbowski of Ada is celebrating a top prize win this Winner Wednesday. She won the top prize of $500,000 playing Winter Wonderland Riches! Amy purchased her winning ticket at 302 Carryout, located at 302 South Main St. in Ada.

Gregory Cleckner of Wadsworth has one million reasons to celebrate this Winner Wednesday. He won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Cash Celebration! Gregory chose the cash option of $500,000.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery!
 
Posted: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 PM


Mega Jackpot Time!

Are you dreaming about what you'd do if you won the $625 million Mega Millions jackpot?

Maybe you'd buy a luxury car or build a new home or start a charity!

With $625 million, the possibilities to do good for yourself and others is endless.
 
Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot is $625 million with a cash option value of $458.8 million. 

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. Players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Don't forget that health safety is important right now. Always wear a mask and maintain social distancing when visiting a retailer to purchase your tickets. 
    
You can purchase tickets in retail by visiting the counter or skip the line and limit face-to-face interaction by using one of the Ohio Lottery self-service machines to purchase tickets.

As an added convenience, players who like to pick their numbers can store them in the Ohio Lottery mobile app’s e-playslip to scan at retail. Click Here to learn more about the e-playslip. 
 
Click Here to learn more about Mega Millions.

Good luck!  
Posted: 1/12/2021 2:46:26 PM


Combined Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Top $1 Billion

Next to the Cleveland Browns Playoff win, the biggest news today is the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots! The jackpots have combined to reach over $1 billion!
 
Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is $615 million. The estimated cash value is $451.8 million. If won, it will be the 4th largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $550 million with an estimated cash value of $411.4 million. It's the 9th largest jackpot in Powerball history. 

This is the second time in history that both jackpots have been over $500 million.


Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each. Players can add the Megaplier or the Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Click here to learn more about Powerball and Mega Millions.

Don't forget that health safety is important right now. Always wear a mask and maintain social distancing when visiting a retailer to purchase your tickets. 
    
You can purchase tickets in retail by visiting the counter or skip the line and limit face-to-face interaction by using one of the Ohio Lottery self-service machines to purchase tickets.

As an added convenience, players who like to pick their numbers can store them in the Ohio Lottery mobile app’s e-playslip to scan at retail. Click Here to learn more about the e-playslip. 

Good luck!  

Posted: 1/11/2021 9:23:58 AM


Dueling Jackpots Near Combined $1 Billion

Now is the time to get your Mega Millions and Powerball tickets!

Between the two games, there is $960 million in jackpots for drawings set for Friday, January 8, 2021 and Saturday, January 9, 2021.

This is the third time that both games have simultaneously had jackpots larger than $400 million.

Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is $520 million. The estimated cash value is $383.4 million.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is $470 million. The estimated cash value of $362.7 million.
 
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each. Players can add the Megaplier or the Power Play for an additional $1 for the chance to multiply non-jackpot prizes.

Click here to learn more about Powerball and Mega Millions.
    
The Ohio Lottery customers can purchase tickets in retail by visiting the counter or using one of the Ohio Lottery self-service machines.

As an added convenience, players who like to pick their numbers can store them in the Ohio Lottery mobile app’s e-playslip to scan at retail. Click Here to learn more about the e-playslip. 
 
Posted: 1/8/2021 12:04:15 PM


The First Winner Wednesday of 2021!

Last week we celebrated a new year. This week, we’re celebrating the first winners of 2021! Keep reading for this year’s first Winner Wednesday!

Jesse White of Akron welcomed the new year with a big Pick 5 win. He won $25,000 playing the daily draw game! Jesse purchased his winning ticket at Marc’s #24, located at 360 East Waterloo Rd. in Akron. Jesse placed a $0.50 wager to win the prize, matching all five numbers in exact order, also called a “straight” bet on the December 29, 2020 evening draw. The winning numbers were 3-3-0-3-3.

Eugene Ford of Youngstown scratched his way to a top prize win. He won $5,000 playing Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Eugene purchased his winning ticket at South Avenue Sparkle, located at 4121 South Avenue in Youngstown.

Jaelyn Guyton of Cincinnati is seeing double. He won $5,000 playing Double Doubler. Jaelyn purchased his winning ticket at Winton BP, located at 6464 Winton Rd. in Cincinnati.

On December 29, 2020, a few Pick 5 players celebrated big evening draw wins. The winning numbers were 3-3-0-3-3. Ennis Croxton, Sondra Moore and David Taylor all won $5,000. Ennis purchased his winning ticket at Mike’s Convenient Food Mart, located at 1929 South Taylor Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Sondra purchased her winning ticket at Himalayan Grocery, located at 8423 Colerain Ave. in Cincinnati. David purchased his winning ticket at Alexis Express, located at 20 East Alexis Road in Toledo.

Jacquelyne Rome of Toledo has a big Pick 4 win to celebrate this week. She won $5,000 playing the daily draw game. She won on the December 30, 2020 draw. Jacquelyne purchased her winning ticket at Family Food Center, located at 1212 North Detroit Ave. in Toledo.

Randall Liggett of New Philadelphia raced his way to a $1 million win. He won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Fastest Road to $1 Million! Randall chose the cash option prize of $500,000.

Anthony Sanfilippo of Fairport Harbor has a top prize win to celebrate this Winner Wednesday. He won the top prize of $40,000 a year for 25 years playing Cash Celebration! Anthony chose the cash option prize of $500,000.

Congratulations, winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery!
 
Posted: 1/6/2021 1:30:00 PM


New Year, New Scratch-Offs!

Happy New Year!

We're kicking off 2021 with six new scratch-offs ready for you January 5, 2021.

The $1 scratch-off Luck of the Irish Tripler is back. You could win up to $5,000 with this scratch-off.

We're celebrating you, our players, with the $2 Player Appreciation scratch-off. It has an 80% payout and a top prize of $500.

Grab five bucks and Go For the Green! You might win the top prize of $150,000.

Try the new $25, $50 or $250 scratch-off. This $5 scratch-off is loaded exclusively with $25, $50 and $250 prizes.

If you're into a shimmery scratch-off with big prizes, try $10 Black Ice. This scratch-off has a top prize of $500,000! Extend your play by scratching the bonus boxes.

If you've been waiting for a new $30 scratch-off, we've got it! Try Millions. You could win the game's top prize of $1 million.

These new scratch-offs will be available January 5. Click here for a look at the complete lineup of Ohio Lottery scratch-offs.

 
Posted: 1/4/2021 11:57:32 AM


The Last Winner Wednesday of 2020!

It’s the last Wednesday of 2020, but we can’t say goodbye to this year without celebrating some winners! Keep reading for the last Winner Wednesday of the year!

Alicetine Greer of Cleveland is celebrating a big Pick 5 win this week. She won $50,000 playing the daily draw game! Alicetine won big on the December 20, 2020 drawing. She purchased her winning ticket at Quick and Easy, located at 12370 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland.

Aaron Seymour of Bowling Green is celebrating a big Ohio win this week. He won $20,000 playing Ohio Millions! Aaron purchased his winning ticket at Third Base DT Party Store.

Amanda Kolcun of Lorain is shining like a diamond after a big win. She won $20,000 playing Diamonds & Gold! Amanda purchased her winning ticket at Sunoco, located at 2850 Grove Ave. in Lorain.

Jerry Johnson of Kent has 50,000 reasons to celebrate this Winner Wednesday. He won $50,000 playing Cash Celebration! Jerry purchased his winning ticket at Sheetz #296, located at 950 East Steels Corner Rd. in Stow.

Steven Weimer of Kettering scratched his way to a big win. He won $20,000 playing $100 Million Diamond Dazzler! Steven purchased his winning ticket at Bee Gee’s Minit Market, located at 5995 Bigger Rd. in Kettering.

Edwin Norman of Crescent Springs, KY is celebrating a big Ohio Lottery win. He won $20,000 playing $1,000,000 Black Titanium. Edwin purchased his winning ticket at Warsaw Food Mart, located at 3406 Warsaw Ave. in Cincinnati.

Daniel Radovic of Lima is ending the year with a top prize win. He won the top prize of $150,000 playing Lots of $500s! Daniel purchased his winning ticket at Allentown Duchess #1192, located at 2075 Allentown Rd. in Lima.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners! Keep sending us your wins on social media (after you cashed them of course!) with the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery! We look forward to celebrating more winners in 2021.

From all of us at the Ohio Lottery, we would like to wish you a safe, healthy and happy New Year!
 
Posted: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 PM