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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
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