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Begun in 1972, the Ohio Lottery has evolved over the years to include a variety of fun and exciting games. Some of the more popular choices include scratch-off tickets, lottery draws, and online games at almost 10,000 licensed retailers distributed across the state. Its mission remains to provide fun and entertaining games while maximizing profits for K-12 education throughout the state. Since its inception, the Ohio Lottery has distributed more than $26 billion to Ohio's education programs. Use this guide to get answers to questions you might have about how to play the Ohio Lottery.
If you're 18 years of age or older, you can play the following lottery games: • Classic Lotto. • Lucky for Life. • Mega Millions. • Pick 3 (Midday and Evening). • Pick 4 (Midday and Evening). • Pick 5 (Midday and Evening). • Powerball. • Rolling Cash 5.
You can play KENO, which is a draw game, at any licensed retailer by wagering $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10, or $20. Choose from 1 to 10 numbers out of a pool of 80 numbers. To increase your potential earnings, bet an additional $1 for each $1 wagered. You can play up to 20 consecutive numbers on a card. You win by matching your numbers to the 20 numbers selected by the Ohio Lottery. On a typical day, drawings occur every few minutes beginning at 6:04 a.m. and ending at 2:29 a.m.
Tune into WCPO-TV nightly at 7:29 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to watch the live lottery drawings. All lottery drawing times take place during the following times: • Pick 3 Midday: 12:29 p.m. • Pick 3 Evening: 7:29 p.m. • Pick 4 Midday: 12:29 p.m. • Pick 4 Evening: 7:29 p.m. • Pick 5 Midday: 12:29 p.m. • Pick 5 Evening: 7:29 p.m. • Rolling Cash 5: 7:05 p.m. • Classic Lotto: 7:05 p.m. • Powerball: 10:59 p.m. • Mega Millions: 11:00 p.m. • Lucky for Life: 10:35 p.m. The Pick 3, 4, and 5 as well as Rolling Cash drawings take place daily. The Classic Lotto drawing occurs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Powerball takes place Wednesday and Saturday, the Mega Millions occurs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Lucky for Life is on Mondays and Thursdays.
The state of Ohio has strict regulations on lottery purchases. You cannot purchase Ohio Lottery tickets online, by mail, or even over the phone. You must visit an authorized retailer to buy a ticket.
All Ohio Lottery prizes are subject to state and federal withholdings in addition to state and federal income taxes. As of 2021, the state tax percentage is 4%, the federal tax percentage is 24% for citizens, and non-U.S. citizens or nonresidents pay 4% for state tax and 30% for federal tax. The Ohio Lottery reports all winnings worth more than $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. If you win more than $600, you must report your winnings on your tax return. Any prizes over $5,000 will have taxes withheld upon payment.
You have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim your prize. If you win a prize up to and including $599, you can claim your winnings at any Ohio Lottery retailer. You can claim all prizes worth $600 or more by mail. Complete and sign the back of the ticket, fill out a prize claim form, and make a copy of a valid photo ID. Send all the documents via certified mail to the Ohio Lottery Commission, and make sure to keep a copy for your records: Ohio Lottery Commission The Lausche Building Room 452 615 West Superior Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113 To collect prizes between $50 and $5,000, you can use the Ohio Lottery app or the cashing program. Selecting this option will give you the winnings via a prepaid debit card, which you can use for purchases or exchange for cash at any PNC bank. For prizes up to $5,000, you can also claim your winnings at Cedar Downs in Sandusky or Northfield Park. As another option, you can visit any of the seven racinos in the state. For prizes worth more than $5,000, you can claim your winnings via the High Tier Online Form Submission. You will need to provide the front and back of the winning ticket, the front and back of the file claim ticket, and a valid photo ID. Keep in mind that your signature is needed on the back of the ticket and the front of the file claim ticket. You can obtain the file claim ticket once you validate your winning ticket at a lottery retailer.
No, you cannot remain anonymous. Information on lottery winners is part of the public record and can be requested through the proper channels. However, you can use a trust instead of claiming your winnings as an individual. If your specific Ohio Lottery question wasn't answered, please reach out directly to Lottery Current.
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