Ohio lottery winners say they won't go crazy
Prize will allow couple to take it easy, travel
When Gary VanHooser won $2 on his scratch-off lottery ticket, he figured he'd re-invest it in a Ohio State Lottery Rolling Cash 5 game.
His ticket turnout to be the $421,000 winner.
I just had the machine pick out numbers. I didn't even check them that night I play the lottery when I'm in town and I have some extra cash to spend on it, said the 74-year-old Sam's Club associate. I didn't even check the numbers until the next day.
Sep 12, 2007, 4:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Mom finds $10, buys $1M lottery ticket
Cashier at ohio gas station with 9 maxed out credit cards gets very lucky
Kristina Schneider tried to persuade a customer at the BP station where she works to buy the last ticket on a roll of the Magnificent Millions lottery game.
I always joke that the last ticket is the winning one, but he said he only had enough money for three tickets, Schneider said.
This time, her advice was no joke.
The single mother with nine maxed out credit cards and $8,500 in debt for her associate' ...
May 21, 2007, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum
Woman gets 30 days for stealing lottery tickets
Used scratch ticket codes to pick out winners
A Heath, Ohio, woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of community control on Monday after she admitted to stealing lottery tickets she knew were winners.
Courtney L. Carson, 37, was found guilty of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, after confessing to scanning lottery tickets' bar codes to see if they were winners while working at Heath Carryout between Jan. 15 and April 14, 2006.
Carson, last known address 48 Carey Lane, ...
May 16, 2007, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery to begin Sunday draws in May
A new Pick 10 game is also on the way
For the first time in its 33-year history, the Ohio Lottery plans to hold Sunday drawings.
Adding Sunday drawings to the daily Pick 3, Pick 4 and Rolling Cash 5 games will mean additional sales of $26 million to $34 million next year, with increased profits of $10.9 million to $14.3 million, lottery director Mike Abouserhal said at a Commissioners meeting in March.
Commission members were briefed on the specifics of the new draws at the April 16 com ...
Apr 17, 2007, 7:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Man accused of scam wins $2,100 on lottery TV show
A man awaiting trial on charges accusing him of bilking $135,000 from three people in a home-repair scam won $2,100 on the Ohio Lottery's television game show.
Timothy Snyder, 44, of St. Louisville, had a winning scratch-off ticket that earned him an appearance on Make Me Famous, Make Me Rich, which aired Saturday night.
There are no laws or rules that prevented Snyder from appearing on the show, lottery officials said.
Snyder is scheduled for trial May 29 in Licking County Common ...
Apr 2, 2007, 12:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Indicted suspect to appear on Ohio Lottery TV show
A man awaiting trial on charges accusing him of bilking $135,000 from three people in a home-repair scam is scheduled to appear on the Ohio Lottery's television game show, officials said.
Timothy Snyder and other contests, who earn appearances on Make Me Famous, Make Me Rich through scratch-off lottery tickets, potentially could win $60,000 or more on the show.
There are no laws or rules preventing Snyder from appearing on the show, which was taped this week, lottery spokeswoman Marie Ki ...
Mar 15, 2007, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
After alleged lottery ticket theft, store banned from ticket sales
An Ohio convenience store is banned from selling lottery tickets for a month, after the owner and an employee stole part of a Warren woman's jackpot, according to police reports.
Rita Astolfi's claim that she won big on the Cash Spectacular scratch-off, but walked away with only a portion of her prize, landed the owner of the West Market Street store and one of his employees in court. They are accused of stealing $400 of a $1,000 payoff from the 30-year-old Ward Street N.W. woman before event ...
Feb 28, 2007, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery panel rejects new Gov.'s call for smaller prizes
Ohio Lottery Commission officials say a recommendation from Ohio's new Governor that they reduce prizes to give their profits a boost would have the opposite effect.
Lottery officials responded yesterday to a report from Gov. Ted Strickland's transition advisers that said the lottery has an inordinately high percentage of prize payouts.
The advisory panel last month asked lottery commissioners to consider scaling back the 59 percent it returned in prizes, which was higher in 2004 than w ...
Feb 13, 2007, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
$17 million in Ohio Lottery scratch prizes unclaimed
Ohioans won $17 million and never bothered to collect their prizes.
The Ohio Lottery says that's the amount that went unclaimed from instant scratch-off tickets during the fiscal year that ended in June. Players have about six months to redeem winning tickets, and officials say about one out of every 50 was never cashed in.
Unclaimed prize money is kept in the pot to pay off winners who do come forward.
Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen says if you have a scratch-off and aren't sure w ...
Jan 15, 2007, 2:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery halts Pick 4 betting on final score of Buckeyes game
Ohio Lottery players were betting that the numbers 4114 would be luckier for them than the Buckeyes.
So many people placed wagers based on the 41-14 final score of Florida's victory over Ohio State in the national championship game that the lottery stopped players from choosing the numbers Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said.
The lottery automatically stops players from selecting numbers for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games once the potential payout reaches $6 million, Kilbane sai ...
Jan 10, 2007, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum