Ohio Lottery director under scrutiny for equipment debacle
A year ago, Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan persuaded skeptical lawmakers to buy $11.6 million worth of equipment to launch the state's new Keno game on a promise that the setup would still work after a year a premise that Dolan later admitted was false.
Now, as Dolan prepares to ask the same legislative panel to approve a $41 million contract with a company to run Keno and other lottery games for the next two years, the director's own dubious promises could return to haunt him.
Jun 1, 2009, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Mega Millions lottery winner claims prize anonymously
The owner of a winning Mega Millions ticket claimed their prize Friday.
But the identity of the winner won't be made public after two attorneys claimed the prize on behalf of a blind trust which Ohio law allows.
Chillicothe attorney Deborah Barrington and Columbus attorney Ronald Rowland, cotrustees of The Ross County Beneficiary Trust, claimed the $75.6 million prize for the winner at the Ohio Lottery's offices in Cleveland.
The winner had 180 days in which to claim the prize, but wait ...
Jun 1, 2009, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
3 lottery players share $225M Mega Millions jackpot
Three players, in California, Ohio and Virginia, will share the $225 million jackpot from the latest Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing, taking about $75 million apiece.
The next Mega Millions drawing, Tuesday night, will feature a jackpot of $12 million.
In addition to the grand prize winners from Friday night's drawing, 21 players, won second prizes of $250,000 apiece: 2 from California, 4 from Illinois, 1 from Maryland, 3 from New Jersey, 9 from New York, and 2 from Texas. The se ...
May 2, 2009, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery rings in the New Year with raffle
For four lucky Ohio lottery players, 2009 will begin with a windfall of one million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Ohio Lottery's New Year's Raffle game were announced this evening. The full list of lottery results can be found on Lottery Post's Ohio Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/oh).
The $20 tickets for the raffle went on sale November 14, 2008. Of the 500,000 tickets that were available, all but about 38,000 were sold.
This is the second consecutive New Year' ...
Dec 31, 2008, 10:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Piqua lottery winners sued by co-workers
Four Piqua residents are suing their city co-workers who won the $207 million Mega Millions lottery earlier this month, claiming the winners didn't keep their word about sharing any winnings with all regular players.
And they want $41 million.
A lawsuit claiming breach of contract and conversion was filed Tuesday, Dec. 23, in Miami County Common Pleas Court by Doug Harter, Israel Carnes, Tammy K. Wright and Jon Litchfield, all of Piqua.
Named as defendants are winners: Kenny Kirby, John ...
Dec 23, 2008, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Piqua lottery winners unveiled to cheers, tears of joy
New vehicles and new houses are on the horizon for many of the 15 multimillionaires in town.
Even more important is the security they want the money to bring to their families, winners of the $207 million Mega Millions lottery said as their identities were revealed Wednesday, Dec. 17.
My mom, she won't stop crying. My sister, she won't stop crying, said Jolaine Routson, 46, a Piqua city Parks and Recreation department worker.
She's one of 14 city workers and one worker's father-in-law ...
Dec 18, 2008, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
$207M Mega Millions lottery winners happy, but waiting
A city streets department employee from Piqua, Ohio, confirmed he is one of the winners of a $207 million Mega Millions jackpot and said that all but one of the winning ticket holders are also city employees.
When the time's right, we'll come forward, the Piqua man said on Sunday, Dec. 14.
He spoke on condition that his name and age not be published yet, citing a desire not to upstage his fellow winners. 16 people have a stake in the winnings; 14 are from the streets department.
The ma ...
Dec 17, 2008, 3:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio lottery player wins $207M Mega Millions jackpot
A single winner has taken the $207 million jackpot from the latest drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.
The only ticket to match all the winnings numbers from Friday night's drawing was sold in Piqua, Ohio.
The next Mega Millions drawing will be on Tuesday night with a jackpot of $12 million.
In addition to the grand prize winner on Friday, 23 players won the second prize of $250,000: 2 from California, 3 from Georgia, 2 from Massachusetts, 2 from Maryland, 2 from Michigan, ...
Dec 13, 2008, 10:28 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery's new Keno game off to slow start
The bingo-like lottery game that began this summer in Ohio to help plug the gaping hole in the state budget is off to a slow start.
Keno has been hindered by a weak economy and challenges getting it established at 2,000 bars and restaurants, said Mike Dolan, executive director of the Ohio Lottery.
The game is a central part of Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to insulate the state budget from the economic downturn that has dried up tax revenue.
Keno started Aug. 4 and sales were roughly $32 m ...
Nov 26, 2008, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery's new Keno does $7.2M in business the first month
Keno attracting players, but sales below projections
Mike Winiasz of Lorain watches his neighbor pick numbers in the Ohio Lottery's new game, Keno, but he does not indulge.
The last time I was in a lottery, I was picked No. 1 in the draft, he said. I figured I used up my lottery luck.
Keno, the Ohio Lottery's newest game, finished up its first month of operation this week. As of Sunday, Keno brought in $7.2 million and awarded $4.6 million in prizes, Ohio Lottery officials said.
Sep 6, 2008, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum