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Ohio’s largest ever bourbon bottle lottery has winners sipping extremely rare stock

Tens of thousands sign-up for chance to purchase some of the rarest bourbon money can buy.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -There are some happy bourbon drinkers all over Ohio, when last week they won a chance to purchase some of the most rare bourbons sold in the state this year.

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control (DLC) has developed a very unique process for making sure all Ohioans have a chance to buy the extremely limited number of bottles.

Instead of shipping the liquor to various state controlled stores, where the average person may never have a chance to buy one, there is a registration and lottery process.

You don’t win a free bottle, as it is illegal to give away alcohol for free in Ohio, but you win the right to purchase them at retail prices.

This year, there were four separate drawings for four levels of rarity.

The bottles ranged from around $100 in the week one drawing, and as high as $2,500 for a small set of bottles in week four.

“We’ve never before held a lottery with 12 products at once,” according to Lindsey LeBerth with the DLC. “The variety is a testament to the appealing market we’ve built in Ohio for bourbon manufacturers. Interest in the bourbon category continues to grow in Ohio.”

According to DLC here are the number of people who registered for each weeks’ drawings and the bottles they were hoping for:

  • Week 1 (E.H. Taylor Amaranth, Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition, E.H. Taylor Jr. 18 Year Marriage) – 40,671
  • Week 2 (Old Fitzgerald 9 year, Old Fitzgerald 15 Year, Rockhill Farms) – 30,165
  • Week 3 (Mister Sam, King of Kentucky, Old Forester Birthday) – 27,230
  • Week 4 (Double Eagle Very Rare, Old Fashioned Copper (O.F.C.), Woodford Reserve Baccarat) – 18,653

Winners were announced last week, and can be found here.

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There are some happy bourbon drinkers all over Ohio when last week they won a chance to purchase some of the most rare bourbons sold in Ohio this year.

Live in Ohio? Here’s how to snag rare bourbons this year without waiting in line

The Single Barrel Flight with Four Roses, Elmer T Lee, and Evan Williams at Harvest Restaurant in Louisville, KY. June 3, 2014 (Photo: Frankie Steele, Special to the C)

Good news Ohioans, you can get easy access to rare bourbon this year without doing more than entering a raffle.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control is hosting a bottle lottery again this year. The annual lottery is “the fairest opportunity for Ohioans to buy these limited supply bourbons,” officials said.

The lotteries include King of Kentucky, E.H. Taylor bottles and Double Eagle Very Rare that is sold for $2,000. The first lottery begins the week of Sept. 28.

To enter, Ohioans need to submit their name, address, driver’s license information and contact information. Entrants will also need to select the Ohio Liquor location they want to purchase the bottle from if they win.

There are multiple weekly lotteries that include different bottles in each, so when entering make sure to look for the bottle you want.

Entrants can submit an entry for each weekly lottery. Also, when selecting which bottle you want, choosing all items is an option. Winning one bottle doesn’t disqualify you from winning another.

Winners will be notified via the email they entered in their submission. Names and winning ticket numbers will also be posted online at OHLQ.com in November and bottles must be purchased by the end of the month.

Here is what’s up for grabs each week and when to enter:

Week 1 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 28 until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 2 for these items:

  • E.H. Taylor Amaranth, $69.99
  • Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition, $100.00
  • E.H. Taylor Jr. 18 Year Marriage, $ 69.99

Week 2 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 5 until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 9 for these items:

  • Old Fitzgerald 9 year, $89.98
  • Old Fitzgerald 15 Year, $149.98
  • Rockhill Farms, $54.99

Week 3 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 12 until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 16, for these items:

  • Mister Sam, $249.98
  • King of Kentucky, $249.99
  • Old Forester Birthday, $99.99

Good news Ohioans, you can get easy access to rare bourbon this year without doing more than entering a raffle.