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$39.3 million Classic Lotto jackpot won by Ohio player after nearly two years without a winner
In-state prize finally won amidst world-record Powerball climb an omen? By Kate Northrop The Ohio Lottery's Classic Lotto jackpot finally had a winner after going through almost a full two years' worth of rollovers. Someone in Ohio has ended the Class Lotto's nearly two-year climb on Saturday night, scooping up a $39.3 million jackpot. Today, the Ohio Lottery announced that Village Pantry on West 5th Street in Marysville sold one winning ticket for the Classic Lotto drawing that
Nov 7, 2022, 4:29 pm - Lottery News

VIDEO: Lead Director of Mega Millions discusses potential game changes
LOTTERY POST EXCLUSIVE By Kate Northrop Thursday, Lottery Post had the opportunity to speak with Mega Millions Lead Director Pat McDonald discuss some of the most common questions players are asking about the multi-state game. In an exclusive interview with Lottery Post, McDonald also revealed that the game group is investigating potential ways to switch up the nationwide draw game. Part of McDonald's responsibilities as Lead Director includes heading up any changes and managem
Mar 25, 2022, 5:11 pm - Lottery News

Ohio lottery winner wins $1 million but claims losses of $1 million
Shifty player thought he could skirt the IRS By Kate Northrop An Ohio Lottery player who won $1 million is in hot water with the IRS after falsely claiming gambling losses of $1 million and wiring his winnings abroad. Mustafa Shalash, of Hillard, was charged with one count of filing a false tax return with the IRS after winning a $1 million prize and then claiming gambling losses of an equal amount. In 2015, Shalash won a $1 million prize on a single lottery ticket and received
Nov 12, 2021, 11:35 am - Lottery News

Oregon looking for new incentives after vaccine lottery fails to increase vaccination rates
Vaccination rates took a downturn after the $1 million lottery announcement weeks ago By Kate Northrop The State of Oregon is looking for new ways to motivate residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine after vaccination rates went the wrong direction following the announcement of the state's $1 million vaccine lottery. Nearly three weeks ago, Governor Kate Brown held a press conference to reveal the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign, intended to motivate the public to get inoculated against COVID
Jun 9, 2021, 2:54 pm - Lottery News

Ohio, Kentucky to use lotteries as incentive for residents to get vaccinated
By Kate Northrop Ohio and Kentucky are trying new tactics to incentivize their residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, some of which involve a separate lottery for those who received a vaccine or a promotion to persuade individuals to get one. States are trying to find ways to encourage people to get themselves and children vaccinated against the coronavirus. In one instance, Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey announced earlier this month that any New Jerseyan who gets their first va
May 13, 2021, 12:49 pm - Lottery News

Group of ten public workers claim $5.9 million Ohio Lottery jackpot
The Lucky Ten hit it big By Kate Northrop A group of ten public workers from Ohio who call themselves The Lucky Ten just split a $5.9 million Classic Lotto jackpot after spending 16 years playing the lottery together on a weekly basis. Last Monday, Nov. 23, The Lucky Ten hit the winning numbers 8, 13, 18, 26, 33, and 39, which they played for the last 16 years, to win the Classic Lotto top prize of $5.9 million. Two representatives, Nick and Gery, claimed the prize at the Ohio Lotte
Dec 2, 2020, 2:50 pm - Lottery News

Ohio man accused of killing lottery winner found not guilty
Identity of true murderer still a mystery two years after the deadly encounter By Kate Northrop A jury's decision to acquit a former suspect of the murder of a player who had just won $50,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket was made public yesterday. Michael Ward Jr., 19, was found not guilty of the murder of his cousin Isaac Carson Jr., a father of two, a barber who worked at Professional Cutters in Euclid, and an aspiring R B singer who participated in local American Idol auditions.
Oct 20, 2020, 1:51 pm - Lottery News

Lottery winners use wacky names to claim prizes
An older gentleman walked into Cincinnati attorney John Brinker's office a few years ago seeking some help. He had won $656,000 through the Ohio Lottery's Rolling Cash 5 game and wanted to preserve his anonymity. Ohio allows trusts to claim lottery prizes so the identity of big winners can remain a secret. The man needed a proper name for his trust. Brinker looked the winner up and down and, on the spot, came up with the perfect name The Wish This Had Happened Sooner Trust. The mon
Feb 6, 2019, 9:13 am - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery rolls out new initiatives
The Ohio Lottery is undertaking several new initiatives expected to increase revenue and offer new options to players. Here's what's new: Cashless payments Lottery self-service terminals now accept credit and debit cards and eWallet payments. The lottery began installing payment systems last fall on instant ticket kiosks and self-service games. All pin pads should be installed by mid-February. Once complete, there will be 7,550 self-service terminals with cashless pin pads. Cashle
Feb 13, 2018, 10:38 am - Lottery News

Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations
Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers lost their jobs last week after a watchdog agency accused them of stealing nearly $3,000 in goods that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse. Scott Kronik, Walter Liszniansky and Jeffrey Chapman were fired on Friday, lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi Babb said. All three are scheduled to appear Feb. 28 at pre-trial hearings at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, court records say. A grand jury on Dec. 21 handed up felony theft in offic
Jan 29, 2018, 4:45 pm - Lottery News

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