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NEW! MyLotto Win Leads to First Pitch

You already know we have great prizes through our MyLotto Rewards program, and Saturday one of those prizes took Daniel Sifferlin and his family to Progressive Field for an unforgettable night. This prize didn’t just put them in the seats to watch the Indians play, they got to watch batting practice from the dugout and Daniel’s mother-in-law, Marie, who was celebrating her 94th birthday threw out the first pitch!

Daniel used his MyLotto Rewards points to enter the drawing for the Cleveland Indians VIP Box Seat Experience which included watching batting practice from the dugout, scoreboard greetings, promotional items, autographed items and the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Daniel said when he found out he won a trip to the game, as luck would have it the game was also on Marie’s birthday. He said Marie has watched every Indians game on TV for more than 20 years and she knows all the players’ names. She’s truly a big fan, and he couldn’t think of a better person to give that first pitch opportunity to other than Marie.

Marie, along with her granddaughter and daughter, stood along the dugout during batting practice, and she did not go unnoticed. Her favorite player, Michael Brantley, stopped to chat along with several other members of the team. Marie loved every second!

As if that wasn’t enough, Marie’s family arranged to have her grandson flown in from California to surprise her. She was overwhelmed with joy. Her grandson and granddaughter escorted her onto the field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and Marie didn’t disappoint. Wind up and all, this 94-year-old pitched like a pro with applause roaring from the stands!

To top it all off, the Tribe won with a hit by Marie’s favorite player to bring in the winning run.

Congratulations, Marie and Happy Birthday!

Byesville Clark Named Sept. 24 Retailer-of-the-Week

It has only been 3 short years since Selina Miller became the owner of Byesville Clark. In that short time its Ohio Lottery sales have grown and continue to grow at the store. The store’s commitment to growing its Ohio Lottery business is why they are this week’s Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

To help promote the Lottery, there is a designated play area with bet slips and winning numbers information. When new games come out the store has a separate set of cubes for new games only, and they are displayed front center for customers to see. Byesville Clark carries all instant ticket games and make it a priority to carry the most popular games for their customers.

The excellent customer service is a bonus to the store’s stellar operation. The employees cater to the needs and requests of customers. Their customers feel welcomed and excited when they come into the store.

To be a successful Lottery agent owner Selina Miller offers this advice; “Work with your Ohio Lottery Sales Representative to get the optimal sales mix. Promote the newest games and jackpots!”

Byesville Clark averages $6,900 in weekly sales for both instant and on-line games and carries 36 instant tickets over the counter.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Byesville Clark will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 29.

Guernsey County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Roosters Pickerington Named Sept. 17 Retailer-of-the-Week

When you enter Roosters Pickerington you can expect more than just great food. The fun-filled environment encourages customers to come, stay and play. This restaurant has mastered the art of making customers feel like family. Those qualities and more are why it is the Ohio Lottery Retailer-of-the-Week.

Most would think that it would be hard to create a family atmosphere in a restaurant as large as Roosters Pickerington, but that is not the case. A smile goes a long way at this location. The welcoming staff enjoy each other’s company, and most have been with the restaurant for many years. The customers recognize that, and it makes them feel welcomed and invited.

Winner posters provided by their Ohio Lottery Sales Representative are hung near the various monitors at this location. The restaurant owners have expanded the space. Adding more seating, two private party rooms, a carry-out room, and an additional outdoor patio, makes them the largest Roosters in the country. They have increased their sales by 40% from the previous year.

To be a successful Lottery retailer, general manager Steve Rheinfrank, offers this advice: “Be mindful of the equipment that everything is working before your business opens. Make sure your staff is knowledgeable on all Lottery games to answer questions and offer friendly service to your customers!”

Roosters averages $17,024 in weekly on-line sales.

Each week, the Ohio Lottery recognizes one outstanding retail partner who offers courteous service and sales enthusiasm. Retailer-of-the-Week is chosen based on recommendations from the store’s sales representative and regional sales office staff. Roosters will be recognized on Cash Explosion® on Saturday, September 22.

Franklin County residents can tune into Cash Explosion® on WTTE TV 28 or WSYX TV 6 in Columbus. The Cash Explosion show is carried on 10 stations across the state every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Watch Out for Scammers!

Have you ever received a social media message claiming you won a prize? If you have, you’re not alone, and when it comes to social media, the internet and email, you have to be protective of your information.

Today we received a message from a player who had been solicited via email claiming that the Ohio Lottery offers grants. The email came from [email protected] That’s not an account representing the Ohio Lottery or the Cash Explosion Show.

Last week a customer called to let us know that a representative of the Consumer Protection Agency called him to inform him of a $450,000 Mega Millions sweepstakes prize he had won. He said the representative told him that there are so many scams that he’s calling winners so they know it’s real. Uh huh. The customer didn’t bite.

In recent weeks players have contacted us about messages they received on Instagram from someone claiming to be the Ohio Lottery. The messages said that the user had won a large cash prize. Sounds great, except the message was not from the Ohio Lottery.

As social media has grown, so have scams like these. Here’s what you should know about those messages.

*The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize.

*Misspellings, bad grammar and the word “sweepstakes” are dead giveaways that it’s a scam.

*The official Ohio Lottery Instagram is verified so look for the check mark in the blue circle.

*Never give personal information like bank account or social security numbers.

*If you’re unsure, call the Ohio Lottery at 1-800-686-4208.

*If you didn’t enter a drawing or buy a ticket, chances are you did not win.

We hope you follow these tips to stay safe and protect your money and your personal information.

Winner Wednesday

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Winner Wednesday! This week’s big winner stories are cash filled and exciting. Keep reading to see who has hit it big!

Christine Dickson of Galloway was a big winner this week! She won $102,405 on the EZPLAY® progressive game Twenty 20s.

Scott Bright of New Castle, PA won $20,000 on the $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket.

Joe Dixon of Jackson won $10,000 on the $5,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular instant ticket.

William Bryant of Tiffin won $50,000 when he scratched the Max the Money instant ticket.

Lacey Crisco of Ashland was another $100 Million Money Explosion instant ticket winner. She won $10,000!

Up-to-date info from the Ohio Lottery's Office of Communications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a spot?

A “spot” represents the amount of numbers chosen by a player. The “spot” chosen by the player establishes the prize structure level that will be used to determine whether the player has purchased a winning ticket for that drawing.

What is KENO?

KENO is a draw game that gives players the opportunity to win every few minutes. Players choose anywhere from 1 to 10 numbers out of a pool of 80 numbers, then watch the drawing on TV monitors within Ohio at over 1,400 KENO establishments, or on their movile devices with the Ohio Lottery app.

How do I play KENO?

On a KENO bet card designate how many “spots” (numbers) you wish to play from 1 to 10, how much you wish to wager, and for how many drawings (1-20). You will select up to 10 numbers out of 80 or use the Auto-pick feature and the terminal will randomly select the numbers for you.

How much can I wager on a single KENO drawing?

You can wager $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10 and $20 on any KENO drawing.

How do I win the KENO top prize?

To win the KENO top prize you must match 10 of the 20 numbers drawn by the Ohio Lottery from a pool of 1 – 80 numbers.

Can I win other prizes besides the top prize?

Yes, you win by matching your selected number(s) to the 20 numbers drawn by the Lottery. See the Odds & Payout link for winning combinations of matching numbers.

What is Booster?

Booster is a multiplier feature that can increase your KENO winnings. The Booster costs an extra dollar for every dollar wagered and applies to all prize levels. The Booster may boost your winnings 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x. The 1x Booster does not boost a player’s winnings.

How can I play KENO anywhere?

KENO from the Ohio Lottery is also available to go. Start by purchasing up to 20 consecutive draws at any KENO retailer. You can then take the fun anywhere by following draws and cashing winnings right in the Ohio Lottery mobile app!

What is the “drawing” number on my KENO ticket has?

Every KENO drawing has its own unique “draw number.” The draw number is printed on your ticket and is also referenced wherever drawing results are posted. If you select consecutive draws, your selected number(s) will be played for each of the drawings printed on your ticket.

When can I play?

KENO can be played daily, with drawings occurring every few minutes, from 6:04am until 2:29am the next morning. KENO tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day.

Where can players watch the KENO drawings?

You can see the KENO drawings at any KENO monitor retailer. For a listing of KENO monitor locations near you, got to our Find a Retailer web page. You can also view the drawings online or on your mobile phone at www.ohiolottery.com.

Why are KENO drawings online different than the drawings at monitor locations?

To make the KENO drawings available on demand to as many mobile devices and web browsers as possible, we cannot present them in the same format you see at KENO monitor locations.

How soon after the drawings can I view the results online?

The KENO drawings will be made available online within a few minutes of the draw occurring.

Can KENO tickets be cancelled?

KENO tickets can be cancelled, prior to the draw. The draw number on the ticket indicates the drawing for that wager. KENO tickets cannot be cancelled during terminal-generated promotions that include the KENO game.

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