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
Ohio Lottery to conduct review of operations
Not a move to privatization, officials say
State officials say there are no plans to privatize the Ohio Lottery Commission amid a pending top-to-bottom review of its management and a document holding out privatized state lotteries as models of interest.
A state request for proposals issued on Aug. 24 seeks a consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the lottery and recommend ways to contain costs and maximize profits, which largely are routed to public schools.
One part of the do ...
Sep 3, 2015, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Scratch-off games propel Ohio Lottery to record sales
Like other state lotteries have recently reported, the Ohio Lottery has managed to increase its sales to record levels in the past year, despite a sharp downturn in multi-state lottery sales, through an emphasis on scratch-off ticket sales.
The Ohio Lottery Commission sold $1.55 billion in instant scratch-off lottery tickets in the fiscal year ending June 30, which was $123.3 million, or 8.6 percent, more than the previous year, according to annual, unaudited sales figures released on Thursda ...
Jul 10, 2015, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery officials exploring other ways to pay winning-ticket holders
Ohio Lottery officials are considering new options to pay some winners because retailers now have less cash on hand to give out to those holding winning tickets.
Lottery winners one day might receive payment cards or have their winnings electronically transferred to an account, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
Retailers can redeem winning tickets of up to $599, but Greg Bowers, Ohio Lottery finance director, said some retailers don't have enough cash on hand to pay out the prizes b ...
Jun 22, 2015, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
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