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 forum
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:
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 forum
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 forum
Ohio Lottery's annual profit exceeds $1 billion for the second year
The Ohio Lottery reported a $1 billion profit for the second year, bolstered by high sales of two games, Keno and EZPlay QuicKeno.
Ticket sales of $3.05 billion were $59 million less compared to the last fiscal year, according to unaudited numbers for the year. But much of the prior fiscal year's increase was due to a record-setting $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016.
Financial details will be presented today at the lottery commission meeting.
By law, all lottery profits go ...
Jul 17, 2017, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Study: Seven Ohio residents won the lottery more than 100 times
Includes video report
An analysis of an Ohio Lottery database reveals that seven Ohio residents have won the state lottery more than 100 times in the last three years.
A majority of those winners are in Northeast Ohio. Broadcast network News 5 attempted to contact the winners but they either did not want to be interviewed or could not be reached.
Lucky, said Sandy Hibsman, a Middleburg Heights resident reacting to the frequency of winners. Very, very lucky.
Hibsman added that she p ...
Apr 24, 2017, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Report: Ohio Lottery should make changes to organization
Changes could be coming for the Ohio Lottery, including adding electronic table poker, online gaming, and a greater variety of instant tickets.
Those are among the recommendations from Spectrum Gaming Group, a New Jersey research and professional services firm, hired by the Kasich administration to produce a business assessment of the Ohio Lottery, now 42 years old. The study cost $601,600, according to documents from the Department of Administrative Services.
The lottery should become a q ...
Sep 26, 2016, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion Show wildly popular after 29 years
Twenty-nine years after it launched, the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion show remains must-see TV for thousands of Ohioans, who turn in every Saturday evening to watch ordinary folks jump, cry and scream over winning tens of thousands of dollars.
The attraction is easy; it takes no skill to be chosen to appear on the slightly corny show or to win just a lot of luck. Every contestant walks away with about $10,000.
Like Cindy Feasel, who always wanted to swim with dolphins. Now, with a $50,000 ...
Feb 16, 2016, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Former Ohio Lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets
By Todd Northrop
A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners.
David Dragelevich, 40, was sentenced Monday morning by a Mahoning County judge to five years probation and will have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to theft back in August.
An Ohio Inspector General's office report released last May said Dragelevich would keep tickets returned from an unidentified retailer, then ent ...
Dec 1, 2015, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Friday the 13th is lucky day for Ohio lottery player
For the first time since 2013, a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket has been sold in Ohio, lottery officials announced early Saturday.
Friday the 13th was actually a lucky day for one Ohio ticket-holder who matched all six numbers drawn Friday evening to win the estimated $200 million top prize. The cash value is $121 million.
The ticket was purchased at Blendon Drive Thru in Westerville, about 16 miles north of Columbus, lottery spokeswoman Sandra Neal said. She didn't yet know the iden ...
Nov 14, 2015, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Sons win lottery after listening to mom's advice
By Todd Northrop
Two brothers who just hit the lotto jackpot have their mother to thank.
Jay Young and Christopher Saddler of Garfield Heights, Ohio, played the Ohio Lottery's Pick 5 last Friday, using the numbers their mother, Betty Burton, suggested. Mom gave me the numbers to play, and I gave the numbers to Chris so we both decided to get a ticket, Young told Ohio lottery officials.
As usual, mother knew best. Each brother won $25,000 that's $17,750 after taxes.
Ohio Lottery offic ...
Sep 30, 2015, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum