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NEW! MyLotto Win Leads to First Pitch
You already know we have great prizes through our MyLotto Rewards program, and Saturday one of those prizes took Daniel Sifferlin and his family to Progressive Field for an unforgettable night. This prize didn’t just put them in the seats to watch the Indians play, they got to watch batting practice from the dugout and Daniel’s mother-in-law, Marie, who was celebrating her 94th birthday threw out the first pitch!
Daniel used his MyLotto Rewards points to enter the drawing for the Cleveland Indians VIP Box Seat Experience which included watching batting practice from the dugout, scoreboard greetings, promotional items, autographed items and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Daniel said when he found out he won a trip to the game, as luck would have it the game was also on Marie’s birthday. He said Marie has watched every Indians game on TV for more than 20 years and she knows all the players’ names. She’s truly a big fan, and he couldn’t think of a better person to give that first pitch opportunity to other than Marie.
Marie, along with her granddaughter and daughter, stood along the dugout during batting practice, and she did not go unnoticed. Her favorite player, Michael Brantley, stopped to chat along with several other members of the team. Marie loved every second!
As if that wasn’t enough, Marie’s family arranged to have her grandson flown in from California to surprise her. She was overwhelmed with joy. Her grandson and granddaughter escorted her onto the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Marie didn’t disappoint. Wind up and all, this 94-year-old pitched like a pro with applause roaring from the stands!
To top it all off, the Tribe won with a hit by Marie’s favorite player to bring in the winning run.
Congratulations, Marie and Happy Birthday!
Byesville Clark Named Sept. 24 Retailer-of-the-Week
It has only been 3 short years since Selina Miller became the owner of Byesville Clark. In that short time its Ohio Lottery sales have grown and continue to grow at the store. The store’s commitment to growing its Ohio Lottery business is why they are this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.
To help promote the Lottery, there is a designated play area with bet slips and winning numbers information. When new games come out the store has a separate set of cubes for new games only, and they are displayed front center for customers to see. Byesville Clark carries all instant ticket games and make it a priority to carry the most popular games for their customers.
The excellent customer service is a bonus to the store’s stellar operation. The employees cater to the needs and requests of customers. Their customers feel welcomed and excited when they come into the store.
To be a successful Lottery agent owner Selina Miller offers this advice; “Work with your Ohio Lottery Sales Representative to get the optimal sales mix. Promote the newest games and jackpots!”
Byesville Clark averages $6,900 in weekly sales for both instant and on-line games and carries 36 instant tickets over the counter.
Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Byesville Clark will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 29.
Guernsey County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Roosters Pickerington Named Sept. 17 Retailer-of-the-Week
When you enter Roosters Pickerington you can expect more than just great food. The fun-filled environment encourages customers to come, stay and play. This restaurant has mastered the art of making customers feel like family. Those qualities and more are why it is the Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.
Most would think that it would be hard to create a family atmosphere in a restaurant as large as Roosters Pickerington, but that is not the case. A smile goes a long way at this location. The welcoming staff enjoy each other’s company, and most have been with the restaurant for many years. The customers recognize that, and it makes them feel welcomed and invited.
Winner posters provided by their Ohio Lottery Sales Representative are hung near the various monitors at this location. The restaurant owners have expanded the space. Adding more seating, two private party rooms, a carry-out room, and an additional outdoor patio, makes them the largest Roosters in the country. They have increased their sales by 40% from the previous year.
To be a successful Lottery retailer, general manager Steve Rheinfrank, offers this advice: “Be mindful of the equipment that everything is working before your business opens. Make sure your staff is knowledgeable on all Lottery games to answer questions and offer friendly service to your customers!”
Roosters averages $17,024 in weekly on-line sales.
Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Roosters will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 22.
Franklin County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Watch Out for Scammers!
Have you ever received a social media message claiming you won a prize? If you have, you’re not alone, and when it comes to social media, the internet and email, you have to be protective of your information.
Today we received a message from a player who had been solicited via email claiming that the Ohio Lottery offers grants. The email came from [email protected] That’s not an account representing the Ohio Lottery or the Cash Explosion Show.
Last week a customer called to let us know that a representative of the Consumer Protection Agency called him to inform him of a $450,000 Mega Millions sweepstakes prize he had won. He said the representative told him that there are so many scams that he’s calling winners so they know it’s real. Uh huh. The customer didn’t bite.
In recent weeks players have contacted us about messages they received on Instagram from someone claiming to be the Ohio Lottery. The messages said that the user had won a large cash prize. Sounds great, except the message was not from the Ohio Lottery.
As social media has grown, so have scams like these. Here’s what you should know about those messages.
*The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize.
*Misspellings, bad grammar and the word “sweepstakes” are dead giveaways that it’s a scam.
*The official Ohio Lottery Instagram is verified so look for the check mark in the blue circle.
*Never give personal information like bank account or social security numbers.
*If you’re unsure, call the Ohio Lottery at 1-800-686-4208.
*If you didn’t enter a drawing or buy a ticket, chances are you did not win.
We hope you follow these tips to stay safe and protect your money and your personal information.
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Winner Wednesday! This week’s big winner stories are cash filled and exciting. Keep reading to see who has hit it big!
Christine Dickson of Galloway was a big winner this week! She won $102,405 on the EZPLAY® progressive game Twenty 20s.
Scott Bright of New Castle, PA won $20,000 on the $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket.
Joe Dixon of Jackson won $10,000 on the $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular instant ticket.
William Bryant of Tiffin won $50,000 when he scratched the Max the Money instant ticket.
Lacey Crisco of Ashland was another $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket winner. She won $10,000!
Up-to-date info from the Ohio Lottery's Office of Communications.
Ohio Lottery: Who wins the most, and how much does it pay?
This newspaper examined every Ohio Lottery Commission prize claim of $600 or more going back to the launch of the Ohio Lottery in the mid-1970s. Search through the most frequent winners, some of whom have claimed hundreds of large prizes in such short spans of time that it has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery Commission, and financial information about Ohio Lottery games below.
This newspaper analyzed hundreds of thousands of records of those who have won Ohio Lottery prizes of at least $600. More than 1,000 winners have won at least 20 times. Search through those winners using the tool below. (Note: Totals were calculated by adding wins and share amounts for those whose name address appeared together at least 20 times in the Ohio Lottery database. It’s possible the same name won more times than shown, but with a different address. Totals should be viewed as “at least” amounts.)
Explore financial information about the Ohio Lottery using the charts below.
Ohio Lottery revenue history
Each year the lottery spends about 60 percent of its revenues on prizes and about 30 percent goes to education. The rest is used for operating expenses and paying bonuses and commissions to retailers.
Biggest lottery payouts
The top 10 lottery prizes in Ohio have all come from the multi-state games Powerball, introduced in 2010, and Mega Millions, available in Ohio since 2002. The majority of these prizes have been claimed under trusts so the names of the winners are not known. Others were split between numerous individuals.
|Prize amount||Game||Draw date||Winner city||Each ricipient’s share|
|$207,000,000||Mega Millions||12/12/2008||Piqua (multiple winners)||From $9,178,202 to $18,356,405|
|$170,000,000||Mega Millions||7/22/2005||Cleveland (multiple winners)||From $8,608,761 to $17,217,523|
|$99,000,000||Mega Millions||8/5/2011||Multiple winners||From $207,065 to $2,953,083|
Which games win the most?
These are the five Ohio Lottery games that have awarded the most prizes since their introduction. Kicker was formerly an add-on game to Mega Millions which began in Oct. 2005 and was replaced with Megaplier in 2011.
Ohio Lottery: Who wins the most, and how much does it pay? This newspaper examined every Ohio Lottery Commission prize claim of $600 or more going back to the launch of the Ohio Lottery in the