Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 22, 2014, 2:47 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Ohio Lottery considering offering a $50 instant ticket

Ohio LotteryOhio Lottery: Ohio Lottery considering offering a $50 instant ticket
52
Rating:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A $50 instant lottery ticket may be in the future, say Ohio Lottery officials buoyed by the success of the agency's first $30 instant ticket.

"The next step in the lottery world is the $50 ticket," lottery director Dennis Berg told lottery commission members at a recent meeting. "We have talked about it here and there are conflicting opinions. Logically it is the next price point, but we do not know when it will happen."

Texas appears to be the only state with a $50 ticket, made available by the Texas Lottery in 2007. Each of its two current $50 instant ticket options offer three $7.5 million prizes. The next prize level is $10,000.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Ohio Lottery debuted the $30 scratch-off ticket in January — the most expensive and offering the largest instant prize in Ohio Lottery history. Five $10 million prizes ($400,000 annually for 25 years) 35 $1 million prizes ($40,000 annually for 25 years) will be awarded.

Sales of the $30 ticket from Jan. 12 through April 19 were $71.9 million, officials said, representing 17 percent of all instant ticket sales. Sales have grown each week. The ticket's success has helped the lottery's overall instant ticket sales, which account for more than half of sales.

Instant ticket sales had been declining for a variety of reasons, including the new racinos and casinos and consumers shopping at big-box stores that don't typically offer lottery games, officials said.

Instant ticket sales in March of $142.3 million were $15.9 million higher than March, 2013 and the highest ever recorded for that month in the lottery history, officials told commission members. It was all due to the $30 ticket.

The lottery currently sells $1, $2, $3, $5, $10 and $20 tickets. The $10 and $20 tickets have traditionally sold well, officials said.

Lottery officials also hope to boost sales with a new app that eliminates the need for players to fill out paper playslips. Beginning Monday, the e-playslip app is available for smartphones. Players choose numbers or have them picked automatically, save them and create a QR code. A retailer scans the code and prints out the ticket.

Only Idaho and Montana have similar apps, officials said.

Plain Dealer

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

47 comments. Last comment 8 months ago by fwlawrence.
Page 1 of 4
Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
Los Angeles, California
United States
Member #103816
January 5, 2011
1530 Posts
Offline
Posted: April 26, 2014, 9:44 am - IP Logged

    Marilyn222's avatar - thumb 350-286546.jpg
    Denver
    United States
    Member #117688
    October 12, 2011
    486 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: April 26, 2014, 9:53 am - IP Logged

    That's outrageous!Scared

    White Bounce

      maringoman's avatar - kobold
      Massachusetts
      United States
      Member #37433
      April 14, 2006
      2206 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: April 26, 2014, 10:20 am - IP Logged

      Just like they build condos that sell for $1M, I think it's fine to have such tickets in the market. I just know they're not for me.

      It's a futile effort.

        RedStang's avatar - mustangshow zps61f7119e.jpg
        Dutchess NY
        United States
        Member #121966
        January 21, 2012
        2783 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: April 26, 2014, 10:23 am - IP Logged

        Twenty dollar tickets are bad enough. It would take longer to burn a $50 bill then scratch it away. I like the e-playslip app because i always have trouble with machines taking the paper ones .

          dpoly1's avatar - driver
          PA
          United States
          Member #66141
          October 16, 2008
          1460 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: April 26, 2014, 10:36 am - IP Logged

          If I could afford a $50 instant ticket, I probably wouldn't play the lottery

          dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

           

          Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

            Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #80354
            September 25, 2009
            318 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: April 26, 2014, 11:20 am - IP Logged

            Am I reading this correct $50 to buy one scratch off ticket?

            Guess the prize amounts must be more than a million to entice folks to spend that kind of $dough. 

            That's insane in my opinion but there must be a market for those kinds of players 

             That may work in Texas but amazed to read that it's being offered in Ohio. 

            Even the $30 ticket is too much to spend for an instant ticket. But that's just me. 

            Jester

              Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
              New Jersey
              United States
              Member #80354
              September 25, 2009
              318 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: April 26, 2014, 11:24 am - IP Logged

              Jon D 

              I Agree!

                Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
                New Jersey
                United States
                Member #80354
                September 25, 2009
                318 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: April 26, 2014, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                Marilyn222

                You can say that again, That's outrageous. 

                I Agree!

                  hearsetrax's avatar - 51b3a0fe9bb4647656

                  United States
                  Member #52345
                  May 21, 2007
                  1943 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: April 26, 2014, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                  If I could afford a $50 instant ticket, I probably wouldn't play the lottery

                  me 2

                  buried treasure

                    mrcraft's avatar - images3lp4 zps7dbb4a10.jpg
                    Los Angeles, California
                    United States
                    Member #149499
                    December 2, 2013
                    872 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: April 26, 2014, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                    I'm amazed at all the $20 and up tickets some states offer.  We only have one game that's more than $10 in our lottery offerings.  I don't know if even California will embrace $50 Scratchers.  We only got our first $20 Scratchers about seven months ago.

                      Avatar

                      United States
                      Member #136512
                      December 12, 2012
                      50 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: April 26, 2014, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

                      GreedConfused

                        mrcraft's avatar - images3lp4 zps7dbb4a10.jpg
                        Los Angeles, California
                        United States
                        Member #149499
                        December 2, 2013
                        872 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: April 26, 2014, 1:04 pm - IP Logged

                        GreedConfused

                        Yep, and getting stingier with current games.

                          Avatar

                          United States
                          Member #149827
                          December 9, 2013
                          497 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: April 26, 2014, 1:49 pm - IP Logged

                          That is crazy and super stupid. Why go from 7.5 million and the 2nd tier prize is only 10 grand?? Ridiculous!! It couldnt be like at least 50k?? I'll tell ya if I paid $100 and I may only won my $100 back I'd never play it again, cause I would be condsidering I was lucky to get my money back the 1st time, I might not be so lucky the 2nd time

                            MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

                            Norway
                            Member #9517
                            December 10, 2004
                            1039 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: April 26, 2014, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

                            $50 sounds like a lot for an instant ticket.