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Ohio Lottery details full extent of December cyber attack
More than 538,000 player names and Social Security numbers exposed By Kate Northrop The Ohio Lottery revealed that a cybersecurity incident on Christmas Eve 2023 resulted in over half a million players having their personal identifying information exposed, including full names and Social Security numbers. The cybersecurity attack that was carried out against the Ohio Lottery in December 2023 impacted 538,959 lottery players, compromising full names, other personal identifiers, and So
May 13, 2024, 3:01 pm - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery cashing services restored after 'cybersecurity incident' in December
Weeks after a cybersecurity incident at the Ohio Lottery made it next to impossible to cash in winning tickets over $599, the Lottery said all options are again available. The downside is that The Ohio Lottery confirmed that an unauthorized third-party likely gained access to customer and retailer information. The Lottery announced on Jan. 10 that it resumed allowing players to cash in winning tickets for $599, weeks after the agency fell victim to a Dec. 24 cybersecurity incident where
Jan 29, 2024, 8:55 am - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery halts some prize payouts due to Christmas Eve cybersecurity incident
Fifth day of investigation into cybersecurity event, some prize payouts still paused By Kate Northrop The Ohio Lottery temporarily suspended lottery payouts for prizes over a certain amount after a cybersecurity event impacted their computer systems on Christmas Eve. Payouts for Ohio Lottery prizes of $599 and above have been suspended for some claim methods due to a cybersecurity incident that occurred on Sun., Dec. 24. Viewing results for some games has also been impacted, maki
Dec 28, 2023, 12:10 pm - Lottery News

Former Ohio Lottery Director denies claims of harassment days before resigning for "medical reasons"
Report finds that Pat McDonald engaged in inappropriate conduct in the workplace By Kate Northrop Former Ohio Lottery Commissioner Pat McDonald retired from his role due to medical reasons one day after denying allegations of unwanted behavior toward other commission employees. A new report documenting alleged harassment toward lottery employees has surfaced weeks after the former member of the Ohio Lottery Commission resigned due to undisclosed medical reasons. On April 12, McDo
May 6, 2023, 6:25 pm - Lottery News

$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

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