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$372 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Hits in Ohio!

Today, the Ohio Lottery marked the biggest prize ever won in the state as a lucky Ohioan is holding the winning ticket for the December 18, 2019 Mega Millions drawing! The jackpot is worth $372 million.

The ticket was sold at Giant Eagle on Tyler Boulevard in Mentor. The winner purchased just one ticket, spending a total of two dollars on an auto-pick ticket that resulted in a life-changing win.

Tuesday, Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald visited the Giant Eagle that sold the winning ticket. He presented the retailer with a $100,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

This is Ohio's 20th jackpot win since joining the Mega Millions game in 2002.

Who is the winner? We won't know until he or she comes forward, so check your tickets! The winning numbers were 22-30-53-55-56-16.


Posted: 12/18/2019 3:18:15 PM

Lottery Tickets Are Downright Inappropriate Gifts for Kids

Tis the season for gift exchanges, stocking stuffing, and merriment, and our holiday scratch offs make perfect gift add-ons… that is, if the recipient is 18 or older! While lottery tickets make fun and entertaining gifts, they’re not suitable gifts for minors.

Research by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.

Don’t end up on the naughty list! Gift responsibly.

To learn more about the Ohio Lottery’s responsible gaming efforts click here. 
Posted: 12/12/2019 3:02:53 PM

Winner Wednesday

Holiday celebrations are quickly approaching, but today we’re celebrating winners. Keep reading for this week’s Winner Wednesday.

Terrence Glick of Findlay had a very happy Friday after his big win. He won $10,000 playing Happy Holidays. Terrence was very excited to claim his prize at our Toledo regional office. He purchased his winning ticket at GetGo #3503, located at 9151 Columbus Pick in Lewis Center.

Jeffrey Wells of McConnelsville is feeling the holiday spirit this Winner Wednesday. He won the top prize of $500,000 playing Happy Holidays. Jeffrey claimed his winning ticket at our Athens regional office and said he couldn’t believe it was real. He plans to use his prize to purchase a new vehicle. He purchased his winning ticket at Par Mar #5, located at 531 N. Main Street in Malta.

Carole Gardner of Avon Lake won big playing Pick 4. She won $20,000 playing the daily draw game. Carole won big on the December 7, 2019 midday draw. The winning numbers were 1-0-1-1.

Greta Smith of LaGrange won big playing a TAP game. She won $10,000 playing Treasure Dig.

Congratulations to all of this week’s winners. Check back next week to see who else is winning in Ohio.
Posted: 12/11/2019 2:00:00 PM

October Partners in Education Winners

October was a frightfully fun month, and these Ohio students and teachers had more than just Halloween to celebrate. Check out our October Partners in Education Academic All Stars and Teachers of the Month.

Our first Academic All Star is Josie Andres. Josie attends Perkins High School and participates in sports, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work. She is known as a diligent worker. Ashlie Gowitzka nominated Josie and said, “She always has a cheery disposition and brightens up any room that she walks in to.”

Dominic Esparza is our next Academic All Star. Dominic is a student at Marshall Stemm Academy. He is described as an extremely hard worker. Douglas Bell nominated Dominic and said, “His hard work and dedication has provided great proof that he is capable of greatness when he puts the effort in. This young man has made an incredible turn-around.”

Our third Academic All Star is Cole Randolph. Cole attends East Palestine Middle School where he currently holds all A’s in his classes. He is known as a very sensitive and supportive peer. Cole participates in drama club and performing arts. He is also a Cub Scout and plays flag football outside of school. Liz Sherry nominated Cole and said, “We are very proud and inspired by his good nature and caring spirit! Cole is a fantastic young man.”

Our next Academic All Star is Rylee Richardson. Rylee is a student at Edison Middle School where she is a member of both band and choir. She is also a member of Junior Teen Institute, Model UN, and the Drama Club. Rylee is described as friendly, kind, helpful and an excellent, diligent student. Dalene Street nominated Rylee and said, “Rylee is the type of young lady every teacher wants to have in class. She clearly has a bright future ahead of her, and we look forward to seeing all the great things yet to come.”

Karsyn Schirm is a November Academic All Star. Karsyn is a seventh-grader at Unioto Middle School. She is very involved in extracurricular activities as a cheerleader, softball player, and member of Student Council and Honor Society. She is known for going above and beyond to help others and excelling in her academics. Judy Abbott nominated Karsyn and said, “Karsyn is one of the kindest, most compassionate seventh grade students that I have ever seen.”

Robert Tomoto is another Academic All Star. Robert is a student at Chambers Elementary School. Niesia Copeland nominated Robert and said, “Robert Tomoto is an exceptional student and a model leader for his peers to follow.” He has been at the top of his class for three years and scores at a college level. He qualified to be a Chambers Elementary School Ambassador and leads the safety patrol.

Our final October Academic All Star is Autumn Young. Autumn is a freshman at Felicity-Franklin High School and taking honors classes. Autumn has had straight A’s since the first grade. She is known for caring about her grades and her love for animals.

Our first October Teacher of the Month is Denise Bevins. Denise teaches first grade at Vincent Elementary School. Lynne Stark is the principal of Vincent Elementary School and Denise’s nominator. Lynne said, “Every day she puts her heart and soul into her kids. They are growing so much!” Denise is described as an amazing teacher inside and out of her classroom. She serves on the school’s leadership team and is always available to offer assistance to students.

Tom Madigan is our next Teacher of the Month. Tom teaches seventh-grade Math at Miamisburg Middle School. Tom is known for always smiling and engaging his students in the classroom. Kelly Thomas, the school principal, nominated Tom and said, “Mr. Madigan has an enthusiasm for math that is contagious to his students. He is kind, patient, uses his sense of humor to engage students during a lesson, and attempts to relate to all students to build rapport and maintain a positive relationship.”

Shannon Mayes teaches sixth-grade Language Arts and Wildlife Conservation at Gallia Academy Middle School and is an October Teacher of the Month. In 2013, Shannon was approached to come up with an outdoor after school activity for some students. What started off as a program for 5-6 students is now a nationally recognized chapter of the TU Teens in conjunction with Trout Unlimited. Group meeting topics include basic fly-fishing skills, conservation, fly tying, knots, casting, and much more. A community service aspect has recently been added to the program where the students help clean up the schools, city park, and historical sites throughout Gallipolis. Craig Wright nominated Shannon for creating educational experiences that will remain with his students throughout their lives.

Donna Parker teaches Science at Dublin Coffman High School and is an October Teacher of the Month. Donna is described as an outstanding teacher who inspires her students. She is known for being approachable and accessible to her students. Felica Burdett nominated Donna and said, “Becoming an excellent teacher is a trajectory that evolves over years of one’s experience, and Donna Parker has definitely defined excellence as a teacher.”

Gina Opdycke is our next Teacher of the Month. She teaches Language Arts at North Olmsted Middle School. She also organizes and runs the school’s Yearbook Club and started a cell phone recycling program. Outside of the classroom, she attends special and sporting events to support her students. Katie Porter nominated Gina and said, “It’s truly a gift to have an educator that is willing to go to such great lengths to build relationships with staff, students, and families.”

Our next Teacher of the Month is Emily Randolph. Emily teaches English at East Palestine High School. She is the advisor for National Honor Society and a volunteer Drama Coach. She also serves on the Building Leadership Team, District Leadership Team, and Key Communicators School/Community Organization. She established a program called Eppy’s Attic where formal wear is collected for students to wear for the school’s events. Liz Sherry nominated Emily and said, “Mrs. Rudolph […] goes above and beyond to make sure as many students as possible reach their full potential to graduate from high school.”

Katie Roth is our next Teacher of the Month. Katie teaches eighth-grade English Language Arts at Dalton Middle School. Along with making a positive impact in the classroom, she takes part in many aspects to make Dalton Middle School effective. Steve Watkins nominated Katie and said, “She is always doing what is best for student learning.”

Kevin Schelb is our next Teacher of the Month. Kevin teaches History at Allen East High School and is described as a “dynamic and high energy teacher.” He spent much of his own time researching and developing ways to get his students to learn and retain World and American History. Keith Baumgartner nominated Kevin and said, “He is always looking for ways to stretch his students.”

Our final October Teacher of the Month is Matt Wilson. Matt teaches eighth-grade American History at Garfield Middle School. He is known for working to build relationships with students and providing engaging learning experiences that inspire students to love American History. Matt recently planned and implemented Patriots Day with members of the Sons of the American Revolution. Over 800 students heard stories and saw authentic dress and artifacts.

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: 12/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

First Winner Wednesday of December

It’s the first Wednesday of December, and we’re celebrating with Winner Wednesday. Keep reading to see who’s winning in Ohio this week.

Kenneth Flowers, Jr. of Lorain scratched his way to a big win this week. He won $10,000 playing $500,000 Cashword.

Craig Zidow of North Ridgeville is a big winner this week. He won $20,000 playing Million Dollar Cash Bonanza.

Steven Champman of East Lynn, WV celebrated a spectacular win this week. He won $10,000 playing Platinum Diamond Spectacular. Steven purchased his winning ticket at Clarks Pump N Shop #25, located at 7575 Count Road in Proctorville.

Samuel Taylor of Canton merrily celebrated a big win this week. He won $1,000 playing Merry Millions. Samuel purchased his winning ticket at Harmont Quick Stop, located at 3325 Harmont Ave. NE in Canton.

Debbie Kress of Perrysburg raced into Winner Wednesday with a big win. She won $10,000 playing Fastest Road to $1 Million. Debbie purchased her winning ticket at Fuel Mart, located at 3654 Libbey Rd. in Perrysburg. She claimed her prize at our regional office in Toledo. While there, she also claimed another $1,000 prize!

Norma Kendle of Columbia Station started off this week with a big win. She won $10,000 playing Fastest Road to $1 Million.

Richard Cokeley of Saint Marys, WV is shining like a diamond after a big win. He won $10,000 playing Platinum Diamond Spectacular.

Brandon Smith of Lorain had a very merry Monday after a big win. He won $10,000 playing Merry Millions.

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

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