Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Massive Ohio Lotto jackpot finally won
1 winner of $73.3 million
Somebody had to win it eventually.
The Ohio Classic Lotto ended a non-winning streak of more than 2-1/2 years this weekend, with one winning ticket sold for a $73.3 million jackpot.
Saturday's Classic Lotto numbers were 3, 8, 26, 28, 34, and 35. The Kicker was 103479.
The lone winning ticket was sold at Grumpy Grandpa Get Go Food in Ashtabula. It was the first Classic Lotto winner since Dec. 7, 2011, which was for a $2.7 million prize.
After its long clim ...
Jun 16, 2014, 7:15 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery considering offering a $50 instant ticket
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 ...
Apr 26, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Classic Lotto goes more than 2 years without winner
Jackpot now a record $66.2 million
The Classic Lotto jackpot currently stands at $66.2 million after no ticket was sold for Monday's draw with the numbers of 27, 32, 36, 38, 40, and 44.
Of course, that means no winning ticket was sold last week. Or the week before that. Or the month before that. Or the year before that.
In fact, it's the largest jackpot recorded for the game. Every drawing that produces no jackpot winner it breaks another record, increasing by another $100,000 to $300,0 ...
Apr 9, 2014, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery to sell $30 ticket that offers a chance to win $10 million
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Ohio Lottery will debut a $30 instant scratch-off ticket on Thursday.
The ticket for 40th Anniversary Millions is the most expensive and offers the largest instant prize in Ohio Lottery history.
Five $10 million prizes and 35 $1 million prizes will be awarded.
The lottery began with the Buckeye 300, a weekly drawing. Today, it is operating racinos, is involved in multi-state lotteries and offers instant games, draw games, EZPLAY games, and KENO.
Jan 14, 2014, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio man wins lottery, beaten and robbed at local bar
Includes video report
An Ohio man is in the hospital recovering, after he says he was brutally beaten and robbed.
The 57 year-old is now fighting back and wants the men behind the crime to be arrested and put behind bars.
David Williams is in fair condition at Grant Medical Center.
He says he recently won some money from a local bar, and when he went to pick it up, a guy asked him for a ride home. That's when he was beaten.
I thought the guy was going to kill me. I truly thought ...
Oct 7, 2013, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
7 state lotteries join forces for multi-state raffle
Tickets on sale Sept. 8
by Todd Northrop
Seven United States lotteries will offer a first-of-its-kind multi-state raffle that goes on sale in about a week.
Called the Multi-state Millions Raffle (and possibly other names in the participating states), it's guaranteed to hand out $1 million prizes just how many depends on how many of the $10 tickets are sold in the participating states.
All of the lotteries are looking for new ideas and new games and new things to do to generate reven ...
Aug 30, 2013, 4:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio legislators move to ban Internet lottery sales
While country moves forward, Ohio may move backwards
The Ohio Lottery has not joined the move to sell tickets directly to players on the Internet, and a provision in a state budget bill would make sure it doesn't.
The bill, which has passed the House and gone to the Senate, would prohibit Ohio from following the lead of states that already let players buy tickets via their computers and handheld devices.
Online sales could help lotteries attract younger customers and compete with more g ...
May 24, 2013, 9:35 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Ohio lottery winner ready to give back
An Ohio woman who just won a large lottery jackpot wants to buy a truckload of toilet paper.
Regina Jackson doesn't want to buy this for herself, mind you, but for a charitable organization she grew dependent on over a seven-month period in 2008 after she was temporarily laid off from her customer service job at Cinmar in West Chester, Ohio.
Last week, Jackson's fortunes turned considerably after she won $1 million in the Ohio Lottery New Year's Raffle.
Jackson doesn't expect her life t ...
Jan 11, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio's interim lottery chief given official title
Dennis R. Berg has been named director of the Ohio Lottery, Gov. John Kasich announced on Friday.
Berg had been the lottery's interim director since Jan. 10, 2011, appointed to that role just days after Kasich took office.
Berg formerly served as the lottery's deputy director of finance and has worked for the state agency since 1991.
The lottery has had 10 straight years of sales growth, posting a record $2.6 billion in sales in fiscal 2011.
And the agency could be on tap for more. T ...
Feb 11, 2012, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum