$17 million in Ohio Lottery scratch prizes unclaimed
Ohioans won $17 million and never bothered to collect their prizes.
The Ohio Lottery says that's the amount that went unclaimed from instant scratch-off tickets during the fiscal year that ended in June. Players have about six months to redeem winning tickets, and officials say about one out of every 50 was never cashed in.
Unclaimed prize money is kept in the pot to pay off winners who do come forward.
Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen says if you have a scratch-off and aren't sure w ...
Jan 15, 2007, 2:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery halts Pick 4 betting on final score of Buckeyes game
Ohio Lottery players were betting that the numbers 4114 would be luckier for them than the Buckeyes.
So many people placed wagers based on the 41-14 final score of Florida's victory over Ohio State in the national championship game that the lottery stopped players from choosing the numbers Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said.
The lottery automatically stops players from selecting numbers for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games once the potential payout reaches $6 million, Kilbane sai ...
Jan 10, 2007, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery to ditch Lot 'O Play game over lack of interest
...or maybe over a lack 'O good name?
The bingo-style Lot 'O Play game that the Ohio Lottery launched slightly more than a year ago will disappear Jan. 20 after a long struggle to win the hearts of players.
In its place, Classic Lotto, a more traditional and preferred game of chance, will debut Jan. 21, lottery officials said.
Lot 'O Play didn't catch on, and it's not what our players wanted, said Mardele Cohen, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery.
Lot 'O Play, which replaced th ...
Dec 20, 2006, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum
$5 lottery purchase yields $16.5 million for Ohio man
An Ohio man drove for three days with the winning $40 million dollar Mega Millions ticket tucked in the armrest of his car before realizing Monday it was worth more than $16 million after taxes.
Sean Harper of Columbus said he forgot about the ticket until he went to purchase tickets for Ohio's Pick Four drawing on Monday.
It had been in my armrest the whole time. I didn't believe it until the clerk showed it to me on the screen, Harper said, adding that he didn't even know the winning t ...
Dec 6, 2006, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio lottery numbers same as game score
Ohio State's 42-39 victory over Michigan also was lucky for players of the Ohio Lottery.
Minutes after Saturday's game was over, the numbers 4-2-3-9 were drawn for the Pick 4 game.
You know it happens, lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said Sunday.
Bettors can play the game in a variety of ways. Anyone who played $1 and picked the 4-2-3-9 combination in order won $5,000. The odds of the numbers turning up in that combination were 10,000 to 1.
The lottery paid a total of $2.19 milli ...
Nov 19, 2006, 6:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Court dismisses lottery suit, orders man to pay fees
A man who sued the Ohio Lottery Commission, claiming that the lottery's promise of billions of dollars for public schools was false, not only won't get the $12 billion he sued for, but also will have to pay the lottery commission's legal fees.
Ron Rembert III, of Carrollton, sued the lottery in March, saying he had been defrauded by the lottery's claims of funding public education and that the lottery incorrectly processed a ticket he bought in 2000.
In its ruling last week, the Ohio Cou ...
Sep 5, 2006, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
New Ohio Lottery chief appointed
An executive with the Ohio Lottery was appointed on Thursday to replace Tom Hayes as director.
Mike Abouserhal, 47, the lottery's assistant director managing the agency's finance and administration, takes over on Saturday.
Hayes resigned effective Friday to pursue private business opportunities, but he has also accepted a temporary job with Cuyahoga County as project manager for the county's board of elections.
The elections board is attempting to fix flaws in the May primary and prepar ...
Aug 18, 2006, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery backs GTECH, Lottomatica deal
The Ohio lottery has confirmed that the planned takeover of U.S. lottery operator GTECH by Italy's Lottomatica would not hurt GTECH's lottery concession there, Lottomatica said on Thursday.
Lottomatica plans to buy GTECH in a $5 billion deal that would create the world's biggest lottery operator, but one of the deal conditions laid down by Lottomatica is that it would not lose GTECH's lottery operating concessions in the United States.
Illinois, New York, Missouri, California, Michigan and ...
Aug 11, 2006, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery chief to oversee county election
In Ohio, the two Democrats on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections said Thursday that they would drop their drive to dump elections Director Michael Vu and his deputy, Gwen Dillingam, once the decision was made to hire Ohio Lottery Director Tom Hayes to oversee the general election.
Hayes was hired by the Cuyahoga County commissioners. His compensation will be determined later.
His hiring, however, raised questions about who is in charge of the board and whether Hayes, a jogging and tra ...
Aug 11, 2006, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery rides record-setting sales growth
Instant tickets continue to drive the highest sales growth in the history of the Ohio Lottery. Successful marketing and an increasing number of players have pushed sales up $55 million, a 4.6-percent increase, in 2006.
Patty Vasil, Ohio Lottery deputy director of product development, said $10 and $20 instant games, and games tied to name brand merchandise prizes, may account for the rise in instant game popularity.
They attract a player who may not purchase lottery tickets, but likes the ...
Jul 19, 2006, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum