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What Happens When A Jackpot Hits $1 Million?

The Ohio Lottery’s EZPLAY® game Twenty 20’s did just that. The jackpot soared to over $1.6 million in February of this year. A jackpot of $1.6 million is not particularly remarkable in this day and age where lottery prizes from instant scratch games are frequently over $1 million and jackpots for games such as Powerball® and Mega Millions® start at $40 million and have reached over $1 billion!

What is remarkable, however, is that the odds of winning the jackpot prize for the Twenty 20’s game are 1 in 60,000! Just for the sake of comparison, the odds of winning $1 million in the Powerball game are 1 in 11,688,054 and for winning $1 million in Mega Millions the odds are 1 in 12,607,306.

It is also noteworthy that Twenty 20’s is an instant win game produced by all of the lottery terminals in Ohio and that the jackpot prize is available to be won by any player, in any location, on every play.

The same is not true for lottery scratch games where you must be in the location that physically has the top prize ticket(s) in its inventory, anyone not in that location does not have a chance to win the top prize.

In the case of Twenty 20’s the jackpot winning ticket was sold in a TrueNorth gas station in rural Ohio. The retailer had only sold two Twenty 20’s tickets that day but one was the jackpot winner sold to a woman who had never played the game before and said she was inspired to buy the game by a dream the night before!

Now for the details on sales when the jackpot for Twenty 20’s went to over $1 million. The jackpot run began at the starting jackpot amount of $25,000 and took 38 days to grow to over $1.6 million. Over the 38 days there were 317,568 $20 tickets sold totaling $6,351,360. Transfers to the state of Ohio for the support of public education totaled over $1.5 million just from the Twenty 20’s game jackpot run.

For those that like to compare sales performance based on weekly per capita sales, Twenty 20’s game sales averaged $0.10 weekly per capita over the 38 days of the jackpot run. Over the last three days when the jackpot was over $1 million, weekly per capita sales rose to over $0.50!

Retailers of all types benefited from the Twenty 20’s jackpot run. Sales were split between traditional retailers (convenience and grocery) accounting for 45% of total sales while 55% came from social retailers (bars and tavern). Those retailers that had a self-service vending terminal benefited greatly as 55% of all sales were generated by self-service terminals. The Ohio Lottery paid $350,000 in commissions to retailers for the sale of Twenty 20’s over the 38-day jackpot run.

Ohio was the first lottery jurisdiction to bring to market a $20 progressive jackpot terminal generated game. Twenty 20’s has become the best-selling game in Ohio since its launch in February 2017 generating over $35 million in sales. Retailers have received $2 million in sales commission and the Ohio Lottery has turned over $9 million to the state of Ohio in support of education.

INTRALOT’s Track Record

INTRALOT currently sells instant terminal games (ITGs) in eight jurisdictions. They are also known as hybrid instant win draw games. The Ohio Lottery leads the nation with gross ITG sales of $132.7 million in calendar 2017.

ITGs represent one of the fastest growing category of lottery draw games for U.S. lotteries. In calendar 2017, total ITG sales totaled $472.2 million, a 75% increase over $270.2 million in calendar 2016, according to La Fleur’s Magazine.

There were 18 U.S. lotteries selling ITGs in calendar 2017. INTRALOT’s ITG clients include: Arkansas Lottery, DC Lottery, Idaho Lottery, Montana Lottery, New Hampshire Lottery, New Mexico Lottery, Ohio Lottery and Vermont Lottery.

The progressive ITG games have been the most successful for lotteries because they feature larger prizes. Lottery marketers report that progressive jackpot features are proven to work and keep players interested in the game.

In addition, there have been discussions to launch a multi-state ITG designed by INTRALOT. This is a hybrid game that offers a progressive jackpot on a multi-state level. ITGs are popular because they offer a new growth product for the draw game category. In addition, they are easy to implement and promote. Big jackpots from progressive ITG games add to the category’s popularity.

“Imagine being able to generate jackpots of $1 million every couple of days with multi-state games. I think we will see this happen soon,” said Scott Hoss, Senior Marketing Manager, INTRALOT USA.

What Happens When A Jackpot Hits $1 Million? The Ohio Lottery’s EZPLAY® game Twenty 20’s did just that. The jackpot soared to over $1.6 million in February of this year. A jackpot of $1.6 million

Ohio Lottery Numbers

Fans of lottery games from the Buckeye State will love the Ohio numbers page. All you have to do is click on a result from a lottery listed below for a full prize breakdown and winning numbers. It’s never been easier to find out if you’re a winner!

Current lottery games include: Ohio Classic Lotto – Ohio Kicker – Powerball – Mega Millions – Lucky for Life – Pick 3 Evening – Pick 3 Midday – Pick 4 Evening – Pick 4 Midday – Pick 5 Evening – Pick 5 Midday – Rolling Cash 5.

– Latest Ohio Numbers

  • 3
  • 10
  • 26
  • 31
  • 33
  • 35

Find out how much you’ve won.

Buying Tickets

Ohio’s in-state games are not currently available outside of the USA. However, you can take part in Powerball and Mega Millions online. Find out more here.

Ohio Lottery Drawing Schedule

Check the time table below to find out the closing times for ticket sales and the next drawing day for your favorite OH games:

Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 10:59 PM 10:00 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 11:00 PM 10:45 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 10:38 PM 9:30 PM
Lotto with Kicker Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 7:05 PM 7:00 PM
Pick 3 Daily 12:29 PM & 7:29 PM 12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Pick 4 Daily 12:29 PM & 7:29 PM 12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Pick 5 Daily 12:29 PM & 7:29 PM 12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Rolling Cash 5 Daily 7:05 PM 7:00 PM
*Times are shown in EST. Ticket sales for the Saturday evening Pick 3, Pick 4 & Pick 5 drawings are open until 7:45 PM.

Game Information

In addition to Powerball and Mega Millions, residents of Ohio and surrounding states can play a number of fun home-grown games:

Classic Lotto & Kicker

Classic Lotto is a draw game that offers big jackpots every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evening at 7:05 PM. The top prize starts at $1 million and can roll over by at least $100,000 per drawing until a player matches all six numbers drawn. Tickets cost just $1 and players select six numbers from 1 to 49 or use an Auto Pick to create a random entry. Jackpot winners can opt for 30 annual payments or a lump-sum amount.

Here’s a breakdown of the prize tiers and odds of winning:

Match Prize Odds of Winning
6 of 6 Jackpot 1 in 13,983,816
5 of 6 $1,500 1 in 54,201
4 of 6 $70 1 in 1,032
3 of 6 $2 1 in 57
Overall odds of winning any Classic Lotto prize are 1 in 54

Kicker is played alongside Classic Lotto for an additional cost of just $1 and gives players the chance to win up to $100,000. A six-digit number is generated on the night of the draw and players must match it in exact order to win the top prize. Here’s how it works, using the numbers “123456” as an example:

Match Prize Odds of Winning
6 in Order (123456) $100,000 1 in 1,000,000
5 in Order (12345) $5,000 1 in 111,111
4 in Order (1234) $1,000 1 in 11,111
3 in Order (123) $100 1 in 1,111
2 in Order (12) $10 1 in 111
Overall odds of winning any Kicker prize are 1 in 100

Pick 3

Ohio Pick 3 is drawn twice daily. Sunday to Friday the draws are held at 12:29pm and 7:29pm EST, the Saturday midday draw is also held at 12:29pm but the Saturday evening draw occurs slightly later at around 7:45pm EST in order to be broadcast during the Cash Explosion Doubleplay television show.

The table below shows the odds and prize payouts for each wager type in Pick 3:

Wager Type Prize Payout (for $1 ticket) Odds of Winning
Straight $500 1 in 1,000
6-Way Wheel (6 individual straight wagers) $500 6 in 1,000
3-Way Wheel (3 individual straight wagers) $500 3 in 1,000
3-Way Box $167 1 in 333
6-Way Box $83 1 in 167
Back Pair $50 1 in 100
Front Pair $50 1 in 100
Split Pair $50 1 in 100

Pick 4

Ohio Pick 4 is also played two times daily, with the draws held alongside the Pick 3 drawings at 12:29pm and 7:29pm EST Sunday to Friday and at 12:29pm and approximately 7:45pm on Saturdays.

Players can place different types of wager, with entries costing as little as $0.50. The following table shows the available odds and prizes for $1 wagers.

Wager Type Prize Payout (for $1 ticket) Odds of Winning
Straight $5,000 1 in 10,000
4-Way Box $1,198 1 in 2,500
6-Way Box $800 1 in 1,667
12-Way Box $400 1 in 833
24-Way Box $200 1 in 417

Rolling Cash 5

Rolling Cash 5 is a fun and easy game that offers a starting jackpot of $100,000. Like many other Match 5 games in the United States, players play $1 and select five numbers from 1 to 39. Drawings are held daily around 7:05 PM. Check out the prize tiers and odds of winning below:

Match Prize Odds of Winning
5 of 5 Jackpot 1 in 575,757
4 of 5 $300 1 in 3,387
3 of 5 $10 1 in 103
2 of 5 $1 1 in 10
Overall odds of winning any Rolling Cash 5 prize are 1 in 9

Other Games

Other Ohio Lottery games include Pick 5, EZPlay games and Keno.

If you want to play a lottery game straight away without waiting for a drawing to take place, why not try the instant games sold at authorized retail locations? These scratchcards cost anywhere from $1 to $30 per ticket and offer an amazing variety of fun cash prizes.

Claiming Prizes

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Ohio. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.

All Ohio Lottery prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the date of the relevant draw, the date of game closure for instant games, or date of purchase for EZPLAY prizes.

If you win a prize on Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto or Rolling Cash 5, your winnings can be redeemed after 6:00 AM the day after the drawing.

Winners can claim prizes under $5,000 by mail – see below for details.

Prizes worth $599 or less can also be claimed from any authorized retailer.

Prizes worth between $600 and $5,000 may be claimed using a Pay to Bearer certificate, which can be obtained from any authorized retailer. You can then use a claim form to have your winnings paid to you.

Prizes worth more than $5,000 must be claimed at one of the following regional lottery centers:

  • Brooklyn Heights (Cleveland)
  • Toledo
  • Dayton
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Athens
  • North Canton
  • Youngstown
  • Lorain

Federal withholding taxes of 25 percent apply to larger prizes, with the state of Ohio adding their own tax of four percent to larger winnings.

Claim a prize by mail

Prizes below $5,000 may be redeemed via mail. Sign and print your name on the back of the ticket and send to the address below.

If you won over $600, you’ll need to send the following:

  1. Completed original ticket
  2. Completed claim form
  3. Copy of photo ID, e.g. driver’s license, verifying your current address

The Ohio Lottery
The Lausche Building – Room 452
615 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

History of the Ohio Lottery

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in May 1973 establishing the current Ohio Lottery, with ticket sales for the first game, called Buckeye 300, starting in August 1974. In 1983, profits from ticket sales began to be transferred to education. Ohio Lotto started that same year.

The Ohio Lottery joined Mega Millions in 2002 and Powerball in April 2010. More than $19 billion has been allocated to educational initiatives in the state since the Ohio Lottery began, providing valuable funds for K-12 and special education as well as vocational programs.

Rules

You must be at least 18 years old to play Ohio Lottery games.

Find out the most recent Ohio Lottery Numbers here. Draw information and prize breakdowns available for Powerball, Mega Millions, Ohio Classic and Ohio Kicker.