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Ohio Lottery to begin Sunday draws in May

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A new Pick 10 game is also on the way

For the first time in its 33-year history, the Ohio Lottery plans to hold Sunday drawings.

Adding Sunday drawings to the daily Pick 3, Pick 4 and Rolling Cash 5 games will mean additional sales of $26 million to $34 million next year, with increased profits of $10.9 million to $14.3 million, lottery director Mike Abouserhal said at a Commissioners meeting in March.

Commission members were briefed on the specifics of the new draws at the April 16 commission meeting. The approval of the commissioners isn't required for Sunday drawings, spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said.

Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat and Methodist minister elected in November, approved the plan for Sunday drawings, Abouserhal said. He said the lottery has traditionally sold lottery tickets and cashed winning tickets on Sunday and was only adding drawings.

"The governor is aware that this brings Ohio in line with our neighboring states," Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey said. Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania have Sunday lottery drawings but West Virginia does not.

Rev. Rebecca Tollefson, executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches representing 17 Christian denominations, said it was sad that the lottery was extending drawings to a traditional day of worship.

"It goes against the grain of everything we stand for," she said from Columbus. "It's sad that the lottery folks feel they have to go to Sunday when so many people regard that as a Sabbath day."

The lottery hopes to begin Sunday drawings by May.

The lottery also announced plans for a new game, Pick 10, in which bettors pick 10 of 80 numbers and the lottery selects 20 winning numbers. A player would win by matching between five and 10 of the selected numbers or matching no selected numbers.

The game, to be drawn midday and evenings daily, would have a top prize of $500,000 and a 1 in 9.05 overall chance of winning.

"To increase sales, the Ohio Lottery has to appeal to players," Abouserhal explained. "You do that by keeping your product line fresh, offering variety and periodically updating your offering of games. We look to our players and all Ohioans for their support of these initiatives."

Sunday drawings are the norm among U.S. lotteries, with 79 percent of U.S. lotteries currently conducting Sunday drawings.

The Ohio Lottery has set its focus on its draw game product mix, as sales in this market segment have remained relatively flat. Draw game sales increased approximately 1 percent from Fiscal Year 2005 to Fiscal Year 2006, compared to a 5 percent increase for instant games.

Pick 10 draws are expected to generate between $10.5 million and $12.5 million in sales; and $4.4 million to $5.2 million in profit in Fiscal Year 2008. The Ohio Lottery is looking at a potential August 2007 launch date.

Sales & Profit estimates for new initiatives

Sunday Draws

  • Fiscal Year 2008: $26 million to $34 million in sales; $10.9 million to $14.3 million in profits.
  • Fiscal Year 2009: $26 million to $37 million in sales; $10.9 million to $15.5 million in profits.

Pick 10

  • Fiscal Year 2008: $10.5 million to $12.5 million in sales; $4.4 million to $5.2 million in profits.
  • Fiscal Year 2009: $13 million to $18 million in sales; $5.4 million to $7.5 million in profits.

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: April 17, 2007, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

"Commission members were briefed on the specifics of the new draws at the April 16 commission meeting. The approval of the commissioners isn't required....."

Just what is the job of the lottery commission? 

* you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
* your best chance at winning a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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    Posted: April 17, 2007, 9:34 pm - IP Logged

    KENO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ohiopick3's avatar - shamrocker
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      Posted: April 17, 2007, 9:37 pm - IP Logged

      Now that is something new for "Ohio"?

      I actually never thought "Ohio" would introduce a "Sunday" drawing?

      The 10 of 80 sounds interesting though! I will have to see what that is all about later?

      If they are going to do it "Sunday's", we have one more day of chances to win!

      I just hope that they will have a "live" or "televised" drawing for the Sunday draws.

      They took away "live tv" draws from the midday a few years back. And it has not been "live" since then.

      If they are going to promote this and conduct it efficiently, there should be "all" live drawings for "all" the games regardless of the televised costs.

      I really dislike when there is no "live" drawings due to a sporting events, etc.... 

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        Posted: April 17, 2007, 9:49 pm - IP Logged

        Correction, the odds of winning a Pick 10 prize will be 1 in 9.054, not 1 in 4.72 as said in the article.

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          Posted: April 18, 2007, 2:22 am - IP Logged

          Correction, the odds of winning a Pick 10 prize will be 1 in 9.054, not 1 in 4.72 as said in the article.

          You may not be accounting for 20 numbers drawn. I think the article is right.

           

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            Posted: April 18, 2007, 3:01 am - IP Logged

            You may not be accounting for 20 numbers drawn. I think the article is right.

            Oh yes I am, look at the 10-spot odds for NY Quick Draw or any similar game, which follows the same format.

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              Posted: April 18, 2007, 9:26 am - IP Logged

              It's about time. Glad to see another Keno game in the neighborhood. I'm sure the Ohioans will love playing it. Michigan has had it for quite some time, and I was lucky enough to win the top prize of 250k about ten years ago. I'd love to see Michigan have 2 a day drawings for it, as Ohio plans to. Not to mention being able to win 500k as the top prize.  As for the Sunday drawings, why not!

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                Posted: April 18, 2007, 10:16 am - IP Logged

                Let's say the Pick 10 is a variation of Keno. In live (casino) Keno the matrix is 80, and 20 balls are drawn, but it's up to you to play anything from a one spot to a fifteen spot.  

                If you have to play 10 numbers it's not really Keno. In real Keno you can go for the lower payoffs. Hitting none of 10 or five of ten isn't as easy as it sounds. 

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: April 18, 2007, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

                  Oh yes I am, look at the 10-spot odds for NY Quick Draw or any similar game, which follows the same format.

                  Yeah, you're right, I'll update the article.

                   

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                    Posted: April 18, 2007, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

                    Now that is something new for "Ohio"?

                    I actually never thought "Ohio" would introduce a "Sunday" drawing?

                    The 10 of 80 sounds interesting though! I will have to see what that is all about later?

                    If they are going to do it "Sunday's", we have one more day of chances to win!

                    I just hope that they will have a "live" or "televised" drawing for the Sunday draws.

                    They took away "live tv" draws from the midday a few years back. And it has not been "live" since then.

                    If they are going to promote this and conduct it efficiently, there should be "all" live drawings for "all" the games regardless of the televised costs.

                    I really dislike when there is no "live" drawings due to a sporting events, etc.... 

                    I too was surprised when I read that the legislators had voted for Sunday draws back in February, but terminals have been open on Sunday so it was inevitable. The Ohio Lottery website is usually updated within a half hour of the draw so it's much better than it was when we got a busy signal calling their 800 number. The Cleveland TV station scrolls the numbers at the bottom of the screen after the Evening draw but doesn't after the Midday draw.

                    The Pick-10 Keno style game must have been purposed before they evaluated the sales of Classic Lotto and the April 16th Raffle. They sold less than 400,000 raffle tickets but paid off the same amount of prizes as if they had sold-out all 625,000 tickets.

                    Pick-3 is still the most popular online game so Sunday draws should increase their profits but adding new games will probably decrease the profits of other current online games.

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                      Posted: April 19, 2007, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

                      Rev. Rebecca Tollefson, executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches representing 17 Christian denominations, said it was sad that the lottery was extending drawings to a traditional day of worship.

                      "It goes against the grain of everything we stand for," she said from Columbus. "It's sad that the lottery folks feel they have to go to Sunday when so many people regard that as a Sabbath day."

                      ....and so many more people feel that Sunday is another day to win.  I'm glad they're going to Sunday drawings... it's about time.  Having a Sunday drawing doesn't affect people going to church... and people going to church doesn't affect my right to gamble any day I choose. 

                      Keep it simple

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                        Posted: April 19, 2007, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

                        Does Ohio use real drawings?