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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: Pat McDonald
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Gross Sales FY2015:
Gross Sales FY2016:
Sales Per Capita: $233
Number of Employees: 345
Retailers: 9,828
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
July 14, 2021 Ohio Lottery Gobbles Up Sales with Pac-Man® Scratch-Off Ticket and Ezplay® Game
May 12, 2021 Ohio Governor Launches "Ohio Vax-a-Million"
July 27, 2020 Ohio Lottery Reports Sales of $4.3 Billion with Profits of $1.13 billion for Education
June 17, 2020 Ohio Lottery Scratch-Off Tickets Commence Flowing Again to Retailers
June 17, 2020 Ohio Lawmakers Call on Lottery to Supplement School Funding
June 14, 2020 State Lottery Ticket Sales Have Surged During the Pandemic

News Archive for CY2019
August 5, 2019 Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.4 Billion
July 11, 2019 Lottery Report Racino Slot Machine Revenue Tops $1B for First Time
April 29, 2019 Legislator Pushes Sports Gambling Plan That Would Fall Under Ohio Lottery Commission
April 5, 2019 Ohio Lottery Eyeing Launch of Mobile and Online ‘iLottery’ Games
February 7, 2019 Governor Names New Director of Ohio Lottery Commission

News Archive for CY2018
October 8, 2018 Mobile Lottery App Aims to Begin Selling Ohio Lottery Tickets in 2019
September 26, 2018 Ohio Lottery and INTRALOT Team with Visa and Worldpay to Showcase Cashless Lottery Play at 2018 NASPL Annual Conference
August 1, 2018 Ohio Giant Eagles Offering New Mobile Way to Play the Lottery
February 15, 2018 Skill Games to be Regulated by Ohio Casino Control Commission
February 13, 2018 The Ohio Lottery is Undertaking Several New Initiatives
January 22, 2017 City Goes After Taxes on Ohio Lottery Winnings

News Archive for CY2017
October 27, 2017 Ohio Lotto to Accept Credit Cards for Scratch-Off Tickets
September 13, 2017 Ohio Lottery to Soon Accept Credit Cards at Self-Service Vending Machines
September 11, 2017 Ohio Lottery Extends Contract with IGT to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services
August 21, 2017 Ohio Lottery Offers 3D Mobile Phone Instant Game Option
Aug. 15, 2017 Ohio Lottery Commission Extends Primary Instant Games Contract with Scientific Games
July 17, 2017 Ohio Lottery's Annual Profit Exceeds $1 Billion for the Second Year
June 19, 2017 Ohio Lottery Teams Up With Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor for the InspiredOH Initiative
April 21, 2017 Ohio Lottery Game Highlights Ohio-Made Products and Fun
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


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