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Winner Wednesday!

Have you ever had one of those days that starts pretty mundane with appointmemts and to-dos on your list, and then the mundane turns exciting? 

That's exactly what happened to this week's featured winner!

Tim started his day with a doctor visit, and when he was done he stoppped by S&G in Toledo.

He bought one of the new Billion scratch-offs. He had no idea how extraordinary his day was about to become.

When he scratched the ticket, he won $50,000 a year for 20 years! Tim chose to take the cash option prize.

Rolling Cash 5 winners have been enjoying some jackpot wins.

T&J Market in Willowick sold a jackpot-winning ticket worth $182,000 for the January 21, 2023 drawing.

The winning numbers were 3-8-14-33-34.

Someone had a lucky Monday playing Rolling Cash 5. Marthon Food Center #237 in Albany sold a winning ticket worth $110,000 in the January 23, 2023 drawing.

The winning numbers were 2-8-14-21-25. 

Have a lucky week! Don't forget to share your wins with us on social media using the hashtag #IWonTheOHLottery.



 
Posted: 1/25/2023 10:10:08 AM


Meet our Retailer-of-the-Week, Surfside Convenient

If you love coffee as much as you love Ohio Lottery games, stop by Surfside Convenient in Eastlake. Ohio Lottery players get free coffee!

Players can also take advantage of the various promotions the store offers for new games.

You can count on the store to always have the most popular games in stock. New games are also activated and displayed right away.

For great customer service and a welcoming atmosphere, try Surfside Convenient!
Posted: 1/23/2023 12:00:00 PM


December Teachers of the Month

Written by Dessiona Jackson

The December Partners in Education Teachers of the Month are in!

Click Here to learn more about our Partners in Education program and nominate an outstanding student or teacher. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on the 10th of each month.

Read below to learn more about the Teachers of the Month for December:

Crystal Hamborg“Crystal has developed so many positive relationships with her students.  She works with at risk students who have deficits in many areas.  Students work hard for her, and in turn are showing a tremendous amount of growth.” -Greg Kovack-Administrator






“Ms. Cardenas has demonstrated excellence in theTara Cardenas areas of providing student support by making herself available during office hours, Saturday’s and planning periods. Ms. Cardenas is more than a team player. She is flexible and willing to roll her sleeves up to support the mission of Saint Martin. She agreed to teach an additional course while staffing was a challenge. She always prioritizes instruction and learning while holding students to high standards. Students acknowledge Ms. Cardenas provides timely and effective feedback that results in improved academic achievement. Departments throughout the building also recognized Tara’s support in various capacities such as covering classes when needed, participating in community related activities and events and engaging with families through enrollment and admissions process, to name a few. Ms. Tara Cardenas exemplifies Saint Martin excellence, and her service is greatly appreciated.” – Gina Eaton, Administrator

Kelly Zachrich“Mrs. Zachrich does a great job of presenting the writing material in a way that the students will learn and know it for future use. Daily, she has her students writing and editing to become the best writers they can be. She conferences with each student daily to makes sure he/she is writing to the best of their ability. She also has peers edit each other’s writing. This allows students the option to see different types of writing and get them to see how to improve each other. She expects excellence and she gets it. Her state test scores prove that.” – Nancy Miller, Administrator

“Students love his teaching, and his teammates call himChris Little a friend. Chris Little has a warm heart, greets children by name, intently listens to them and helps them every hour of the day. Chris is one of the most selfless and generous teachers I have ever met. Chris Little exemplifies everything a teacher should strive to be. Not only is he an enthusiastic teacher who draws student attention, but his genuine love for his work shows in his positivity. Chris Little not only goes way above and beyond in the classroom, but he also organized one of the most popular clubs for students, Vandalia’s very first fishing club. If this world had more teachers like him, it would most definitely be a better place.” – David Irwin, Peer Teacher

Stacy Jones“Stacy is fairly new in his teaching career. This is his third year teaching 2nd grade. He loves his students, and they love him too. He always has a parent that wants him to teach their child. He is always so calm, and he really listens to what they have to say. He teaches diversity and kindness. I have heard him say ‘Be kind to everyone because not everyone goes home to a warm happy family.’” I wish he could teach every child in the world for just a year. This world would be a much kinder place.” – Tamara Johnson, Parent

“Courtney has always gone above and beyond whatCourtney Mays ‘normal expectations’ are for her position. This year, in a new position, she has really stepped up to create a better climate within our school. She organized, facilitated and leads a new ‘Functional Friday’ schedule which has positively impacted both staff members and students. This new program allows teachers to educate kids on a subject about which they are passionate. It also provides students with two extra exploratory electives, which they’ve greatly enjoyed! In addition to the monumental task, Mrs. Mays has also implemented Spirit Fridays.” – Russ Breech, Administrator

Laurel Labbe“Laurel is truly a master of her craft. She is extremely knowledgeable about what choir repertoire makes for a quality educational and musical experience for her students. Laurel conducts herself professionally while maintaining a level of approachability. She builds relationships with each of her students and can name ways in which they have grown as musicians. Laurel cares about her students and strives to craft her choirs so that each class receives a unique musical experience in a caring environment.” – Patti Lammert, Peer Teacher

“Mrs. Poletti is a teacher who cares about the wholeAmanda Poletti child. Currently, she is teaching her third graders ways to love math. She checks in with students and keeps close tabs on their emotions. A trained teacher who responds to trauma, Mrs. Poletti never gives up on students academically or emotionally. Additionally, she assists her colleagues in research-based ways to respond to students. In addition to students, Mrs. Poletti supports adults in their endeavors to nourish the whole child.” – Jody Ditcher, Administrator

Barbara Bowman“I met Mrs. Bowman in my capacity as a University Supervisor for Cleveland State University. She is a mentor teacher for one of the student teachers in my class at CSU. Barb Bowman’s classroom was unique among others, both in the school and in others that I visit! She makes math, and specifically algebra, look easy and fun for these students! As a mentor teacher, she exudes confidence and knowledge. Her student teacher has learned a lot just watching her. Additionally, she has applied for numerous grants and mini grants to help fund her amazing classroom. I see lots of teachers, and Mrs. Bowman stands out as a superb educator.” – Carol Shakarian, Administrator
Posted: 1/22/2023 10:00:00 AM


December Academic All Stars

Written by Dessiona Jackson

Congratulations to our December winners for the Partners in Education program.

Click Here to learn more about our Partners in Education program and nominate an outstanding student or teacher. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on the 10th of each month.

Check out our awesome student winners for December:

“I’Shun has exemplified Saint Martin excellenceI'Shun Patterson through tremendous academic improvement, superb daily attendance, modeling student leadership and exceeding expectations through the Corporate Work Study Program. I’Shun is recognized as the most improved student in academic performance. He also exemplifies an infectious and positive demeanor as he perseveres to improve by seeking support before, during and after school. Over this month, I’Shun Patterson demonstrated the characteristics of a Saint Martin Lion! We are proud of you!” – Gina Eaton, Administrator

Tucker Sprow“Being a leader in junior high can be difficult, but Tucker makes it look easy. As an 8th grader, Tucker is on student council, is a Washington D.C. trip student advisor, plays football, wrestles and plays basketball. But he also leads with character as evidenced by receiving the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award at the end of the year as a 7th grader and is consistently on honor roll. He voluntarily trades his study hall every day in order to help keep the cafeteria clean and shows his true character outside of school by being a member of Campus Life and was able to take a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. Tucker is the oldest of 5 children and can regularly be found helping one of his siblings getting in or out of school, finding their book bag or running to class. In all of this, when Tucker speaks, people around him – especially his classmates – listen, making him a true standout from the rest.” – Beth Hench, Administrator

“Johnathan has managed to overcome obstacles andJohnathan Harris has focused all his energy into his education and maintaining high grades to secure his future. He is a true inspiration and kind young man. If a student deserves to be rewarded, it’s Johnathan Harris.” – Clinton Harris, Parent





Jordan Cupp“Jordan Cupp is a hard worker who cares about his classmates. His enthusiasm for school is contagious and he loves to participate in activities with his peers.” – Michael Kauffled, Administrator







“Bryce is an exceptional student who excels inBryce Christman whatever he sets his mind to during his academic experience at River High School. Bryce is well respected by his teachers and peers. He currently holds a 3.8 GPA, and he is enrolled in several honors courses at River High School. Bryce challenges himself academically and he is very respectful student in school. It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to nominate Bryce for this prestigious award.” – Ed Trifonoff, Principal 

Logan Williams“Logan is a thriving 16-year-old boy with goals & ambitions. He takes welding in school, goes straight to work after school and stays active & healthy at the YMCA. He is determined to make it in this world and make something of himself. He is considerate of others and is always helping someone or thinking of a way to help.” – Trisha Williams, Parent




“Arielle Dickey exhibits all-star tendencies in theArielle Dickey classroom and in the community! She is an Academic All Star due to her classroom performance. Arielle takes on challenging, above grade level material and works relentlessly until she masters the subject area. She is also willing to help her classmates achieve classroom success. She asks intriguing questions to learn as much about the subject area as possible. Arielle leads quietly in the classroom. She leads by example by always doing the right thing, participating in class and always using kindness toward her classmates. Additionally, she is involved in her church youth group where she also exhibits these outstanding qualities.” – Kristen Rine, Teacher

Brooke Schultz“Brooke Schultz has been at Westview since Kindergarten and each year she has continued to mature, demonstrate more responsibility and academically excel in numerous areas. Brooke is a model student in many ways, but there are definitely a few reasons she stands out compared to her peers. She shows kindness and compassion toward her classmates, but the support and genuine interest she demonstrates toward one classmate goes above and beyond. She walks with him in the hall and recess and genuinely cares about his wellbeing. She helps carry his backpack and Chromebook throughout the day. Brooke is currently an all-A student, participates in Art Club, Choir and Student Council.” – Nick Moore, Administrator

Stay tuned to read about December's Teachers of the Month!
Posted: 1/21/2023 10:00:00 AM


Beware of Social Media Scams

It may be a new year, but the same scams are continuing to pop-up on social media. 

Don't fall victim to messages on social media claiming to be from the Ohio Lottery.

The scam may be a comment asking you to message an unknown account or to click a suspicious link. It could also be a message from an account pretending to be the Ohio Lottery claiming you won a prize.

Here are some common scams we see on our social media pages:


Some other helpful tips to protect your information include:
  • Unless you specifically entered a promotion or second-chance drawing sponsored by the Ohio Lottery Commission, you will never be contacted by us informing you that you have won a prize.
  • Never accept a collect call from anyone claiming to be an Ohio Lottery official.
  • Keep your credit card and bank account numbers to yourself.
  • Be sure you are on the Ohio Lottery’s official social channels when talking about the lottery online. Look for the blue check mark before interacting on social media.
  • You can also find our official social media pages here:
    • Our official Facebook handle is @OhioLottery
    • Our official Instagram handle is @OHLottery
    • Our official Twitter handle is @OHLottery
If you ever have a question about a message you receive claiming that you have won a large prize, contact our customer service line at 1-800-686-4208. You can find additional Security Awareness tips on our website.
Posted: 1/20/2023 11:00:11 AM


Zip Code Makes Winners!

Whether it's birth dates or street numbers or a total on a grocery bill, Ohio Lottery players have all sorts of ways to choose their numbers.  

When it comes to Pick 5, the local zip code is a popular pick, and it made a lot of winners in the Toledo area last month.

Tyree played his zip code digits 4-3-6-0-7 eight times in the December 30, 2022 Rolling Cash 5 drawing and won a total of $403,336!

He purchased his tickets at Toledo 76.

He said he's been playing those digits for a long time and knows others who have too! Now they're all sharing in the fun of a win, and keeping our Toledo Regional Office busy with claims.

JuJuan and his wife Alysia, also zip code players, visited to claim his $25,000 win on Pick 5 earlier this month.

He purchased his winning ticket at Eastgate Carryout in Toledo. 

Rolling Cash 5 got hit on January 14.

Engel's Carry Out in Cleves sold the winning ticket worth $295,000!  

The winning numbers were 1-8-9-19-22.

How about some Mega Millions news!

Mark from Sheffield Lake won $10,004 in the Friday the 13th Mega Millions jackpot drawing.  

He bought his winning ticket at Vollick's Bi-Rite.
  
The run up to the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot even made some millionaires here in Ohio. 

The Party Pak in Upper Sandusky and Corner Carry Out in Marysville each sold a $1 million winning ticket for the January 10, 2023 Mega Millions drawing.

The winning numbers were 7-13-14-15-18 and the Mega Ball was 9.

Don't forget to ask to get your photo with the big check when you claim in one of our regional offices!

We want to tell your winning story!
 
Posted: 1/18/2023 1:32:44 PM


Meet our Retailer-of-the-Week, 208 Fuel Plaza

If you’re looking for a small, family-owned business that cares about the community, stop by 208 Fuel Plaza in Belmont!

Many of the clerks know customers by name and sometimes even have their favorite games ready for them when they get to the counter. 

The employees are known to provide friendly service and fun conversation.

The store offers 38 scratch-offs over the counter and 25 scratch-offs in self-serve kiosks.

Stop by 208 Fuel Plaza for your next Ohio Lottery purchase!
Posted: 1/16/2023 12:00:00 PM


Meet our Retailer-of-the-Week, Trabue Food Mart

You won’t miss the Lottery signage and multiple self-serve kiosks at Trabue Food Mart.

Many of the store’s customers are returning players. That’s because the store puts trust as a top priority when it comes to Lottery. 

Need help understanding how to play one of our games? The employees are eager to educate customers and answer questions. 

Visit Trabue Food Mart in Columbus to receive excellent customer service and play your favorite Ohio Lottery games!

Posted: 1/9/2023 12:00:00 PM


BIG Ticket, BIG Second Chance Promo!

We’re kicking off 2023 with a bang!

Billion is the ticket with the highest payout ever for a scratch-off game in the Lottery’s history.

Billion has four top prizes of $1 million a year for life, with a guarantee for winners to receive $20 million. Winners can also choose to take the cash option payout of $10 million before taxes.

There are 110 $1 million winners.

Billion is a $50 scratch-off with over $1 billion in cash prizes and the best odds (1 on 140.72) to win $500 or more compared to any game. The lowest prize that can be won is $100.

Don’t toss your non-winning Billion scratch-offs, enter them for A Billion Reasons to Play, a second chance promotion through MyLotto® Rewards beginning Monday, January 9, 2023.

Enter your non-winning Billion scratch-offs through February 19 for a chance to win one of 50 $100 prizes daily and a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize at the end of the promotion.

 
Posted: 1/6/2023 8:46:37 AM


Happy New Year, Happy Winner Wednesday!

The calendar has flipped, and here we are at the first Winner Wednesday of 2023!

We had a lot of fun in 2022 with new games, live events, big promotions, and of course, BIG WINNERS!

Did you know that in 2022, the Ohio Lottery winners took home $2.5 billion in prizes? 

Mark is one of those big winners.  

He picked up a $50,000 win on the November 23, 2022 Powerball drawing.

He bought his winning ticket at Pete's BP in Athens.




JuJuan and his wife Alysia visited the Toledo Regional Office to claim his $25,000 win on Pick 5.

He purchased his winning ticket at Eastgate Carryout in Toledo. 

This couple is pretty lucky because this isn't their first win!

Alysia won $25,417 on Pick 5 last May. 





Someone got lucky and matched five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win $1 million in the December 30, 2022 Mega millions drawing.

The winning ticket was sold at Giant Eagle in North Olmsted. The winner hasn't claimed the prize yet.

We can't wait to meet more of our winners this year. 

Ask to get your photo with the big check the next time you claim in one of our regional offices.

 
Posted: 1/4/2023 1:00:05 PM


Mega Millions jackpot grows to $785 million!

Are you ready to get in on the fun of the first Mega Millions jackpot of the year?

It's a big one!

Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot is $785 million with a cash option of $403.8 million.

Last Friday's drawing generated a $1 million winner right here in Ohio!

Giant Eagle in North Olmsted sold an auto-pick ticket that matched five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win $1 million.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. You can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply your non-jackpot winning prize.

Pick up your ticket at the counter an an Ohio Lottery retailer or skip the line and use the self-serve kiosk to make your Mega Millions purchase.

Good luck!




 
Posted: 1/3/2023 12:57:44 PM


Meet our first Retailer-of-the-Week of the New Year -- Deer Park Delicatessen!

Retailer-of-the-Week-Deer-Park-Deli.pngDeer Park Delicatessen begins 2023 as the Ohio Lottery's first Retailer-of-the-Week of the New Year! With more than 25 years experience as an Ohio Lottery retailer, store owner Keith Kolthoff and his staff should be proud of their accomplishments.

The Cincinnati-area retailer provides great customer service and plays an active role in the local community.  

If you find yourself near Blue Ash Road in Cincinnati, stop by Deer Park Delicatessen and say hello! You might even find a game or two to play and start off the year!
Posted: 1/2/2023 7:00:30 AM


New Year, New Scratch-Offs!

We’ve got some hot new scratch-offs to spice up your kickoff to 2023 coming January 3!

The $1 Luck of the Irish Tripler has a top prize of $5,000. Just match 3 identical prize amounts and win that prize. If you match two identical prize amounts plus a SHAMROCK symbol, you triple your prize automatically!

Payday Multiplier is our newest $2 scratch-off. It’s got an 80% payout with a top prize of $500. If you match any one or more of your numbers to the winning numbers, you win the prize shown to the right of your matching number. If you win, multiply your prize by the multiplier number for that game.

Try the $10 scratch-off, Lucky and you could win up to $1 million! Look for the rainbow symbol to win the prize shown automatically. Lucky symbols the horseshoe, pot of gold, and wishbone mean prize multipliers. And don’t forget to scratch the bonus boxes for a chance to win $50, $100 or $500 automatically!

Emerald 7’s is a $5 scratch-off with a top prize of $100,000! This game also has bonus boxes that give you a chance to win $25, $50, and $100.

The biggest ticket of the new year is Billion. This $50 scratch-off gives you a chance at a top prize of $1,000,000 a year for life! Scratch the bonus boxes for a chance to win $500, $1,000, and $5000 automatically!

These new scratch-offs will be available at your favorite Ohio Lottery retailer starting January
Posted: 12/30/2022 8:39:58 AM