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Ohio Lottery Commission
Phone: (216) 774-5671
Fax: (216) 787-3313
Population: 11,542,645 (U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division)
Lottery Director: Dennis Berg
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Sales FY2015: $3,664,999,513
Sales Per Capita: $233
Number of Employees: 345
Retailers: 9,681
On-line Vendor Contract: INTRALOT
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Instant Ticket Vendor Contract: Scientific Games
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Advertising Marcus-Thomas LLC
July 1, 2011 June 30, 2013
Games Offered: Mega Millions, KICKER, Powerball, Classic Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Rolling Cash 5, Instants and KENO at traditional Lottery retailer locations; video lottery terminals in operation at licensed racetracks.
Beneficiaries: All Lottery Profits are transferred to the Lottery Profits Education Fund.
Jurisdiction: State of Ohio, USA


Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery by a two-to-one margin in May 1973. Operations began in early 1974 and the first ticket, the weekly passive game Buckeye 300, went on sale August 13, 1974.
The Ohio Lottery introduced instant tickets for the first time in June 1976 with the game Ohio Instant Lottery. Tickets flew off the shelves and by its tenth week, sales had surpassed $51 million.
The Lottery’s first numbers game, the three-digit, The Number (which would become Pick 3), was launched in December 1979, followed by Pick 4 in April 1981. Two years later, Ohio Lotto made its debut. A multistate game joined the product mix for the first time in 2002 when Mega Millions tickets went on sale in May. And fast-draw keno began in August 2008, limited to bars, taverns and other approved outlets.
Currently, the Ohio Lottery offers the draw games Mega Millions, Powerball, Classic Lotto, Rolling Cash 5, Ten-Oh, Pick 3 and Pick 4, plus the monitor game Keno with a Keno to Go option. EZPLAY games are also available through the retail terminals.
In 2012, the Lottery is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cash Explosion TV show, the only TV show still remaining among U.S. lotteries. It is paired with the continuously-running Cash Explosion instant game.
The Ohio Lottery entered a new era in June 2012 with the debut of video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs, one of the state’s seven commercial racetracks eligible for the machines. VLTs were originally approved in 2009; the legislation was finalized in 2011 and upheld in court in 2012.
Lottery proceeds have historically been used for education, and in 1987 voters approved a constitutional amendment permanently earmarking Lottery profits for education. Legislation the following spring created the Lottery Profits Education Fund to provide a clear separation of Lottery revenue from the State’s General Revenue Fund. Since 2007, the Lottery has offered the Partners in Education program, recognizing outstanding students and teachers, K thru 12, with Academic All Star and Teacher of the Month awards.

News Archive for CY2017
January 23, 2017 Ohio Lottery Seeks More State Money to Stay Competitive

News Archive for CY2016
December 19, 2016 Lottery Looks to Improve Struggling Instant Ticket Sales
November 17, 2016 Ohio Introduces New Gambling Legislation to Increase Oversight of Pools, Online Fantasy Sports Contests and Other Money Drawings
September 26, 2016 Research Firm Presents Draft of Business Assessment Report of the Ohio Lottery
July 12, 2016 Ohio Lottery Celebrates Historic $1 Billion Profit Transfer
July 11, 2016 Ohio Lottery Reports Record Profit of $1 Billion for K-12 Education
July 6, 2016 Ohio Court of Claims Dumps Lawsuit Against Lottery Commission for Wrongful Dismissal

News Archive for CY2015
December 28, 2015 Ohio Lottery Gets (Stop-Motion) Animated for The Holidays
December 14, 2015 Two Years on and a Lawsuit Over the Legality of Electronic Raffle Machines is Still Pending
October 21, 2015 Ohio Lottery Officials Predict Record Sales Levels This Fiscal Year
September 24, 2015 Scientific Games Win Ohio Lottery Instant Game Contract
September 22, 2015 Consultant to Look at All Options for the Ohio Lottery
September 7, 2015 Kasich Administration Once Again Reassures That There are No Plans to Privatize the Ohio Lottery
September 2, 2015 State Has No Plans to Privatize Lottery.
July 10, 2015 Ohio Lottery Sees Continued Growth, Record Profits
June 21, 2015 Lottery to Make Prize Payments Electronically

News Archive for CY2014
October 22, 2014 Lottery Full of Positives at Recent Commission Meeting
August 22, 2014 Ohio Lottery Celebrates 40th Anniversary of First Drawing
August 7, 2014 Ohio Gambling Outlets Report Combined July Gambling Revenues Up 28.3% on Last Year
July 22, 2014 Lottery Director Credits Success on Team Effort
July 18, 2014 Ohio Lottery Completes Fiscal Year with Record Sales, Profits
July 18, 2014 Traditional Lottery Games still Holding Their Own
July 17, 2014 Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales and Profits
April 29, 2014 INTRALOT Signs Fifth Amendment with the Ohio Lottery to Provide Interactive Terminals & Games
March 16, 2014 Ohio Lottery Fulfils Original Commitment to do its Part for Funding Education
March 9, 2014 Ohio Lottery Commission Prepares for Office Move
January 13, 2014 Ohio Lottery to Debut Ticket for 40th Anniversary Millions
December 25, 2013 Electronic Gambling Devices Deemed Unconstitutional


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