Scratch-off Ohio Lottery games took off during coronavirus closings
Scratch-off Ohio Lottery ticket sales increased during COVID-19-related business closings in the state. Ohio Lottery Commission
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Scratch-off Ohio Lottery tickets became so popular during the coronavirus crisis that money from those ticket sales helped overcome lottery losses from the temporary closings of bars, where Keno is often played, and the state’s seven racinos.
The Ohio Lottery Commission reported Wednesday that total sales from traditional lottery games closed out the fiscal year on June 30 up $111 million from the previous year, while lottery revenue from the slots-like video machines at the seven racinos was down nearly $80 million.
Director Pat McDonald told board members during the lottery’s monthly video conference meeting that the scratch-off tickets essentially became the “only game in town.”
Scratch-off sales totaled $148 million in February — the last full month before Gov. Mike DeWine began closing businesses — then increased to $162 million in April and to $216 million in May.
The reverse occurred with Keno. Sales dropped from $42 million in February to $16 million in April, recovering some to $28 million in May. The racinos were closed for three months, from mid-March through mid-June, generating no money during that time.
The lottery during the fiscal year transferred $1.127 billion for use as part of the state’s contribution to school funding, up slightly from the $1.126 billion that had been projected.
* Draw-based games had sales of $1.598 billion, down from $1.698 billion in the previous fiscal year.
* Scratch-off games had sales of $1.874 billion, up from $1.663 billion.
* The lottery share of money from the slots-like video terminals in the racinos was $275 million, down from $355 million.
Note: This story has been updated to correct the overall dollar amounts for the year for the draw-based and scratch-off games.Scratch-off Ohio Lottery games took off during coronavirus closings Scratch-off Ohio Lottery ticket sales increased during COVID-19-related business closings in the state. Ohio Lottery Commission
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Bogus rewards program
It only allows you to enter a limited amount of tickets for points a month. I feel if you’ve spent the money to buy the tickets why would you not be allowed to enter as many tickets as humanly possible. Not to mention anything remotely valuable in the rewards catalog starts at 10,000 points, so they limit you to 1000 points a month, it’ll take almost a year to get to obtain enough points to get yourself a $50-$60 item. So that’s about $50 back on $2500 spent. Good looking out for your customers Ohio Lottty!
It’s my favorite app!!
I use it all the time. I love that the mobile cashing is now and option and I’m excited to start using it. If I had a wishlist, I would most definitely want to purchase my tickets through the app. I am confined to my house during covid-19 and have very very limited access to an authorized lotto printer. The town is shut down and very limited hours if they are open. If I link my info to the account to cash in my tickets,wouldn’t it make sense to let me purchase them through the app too? Just a thought!! I love the app either way! Thanks for having it!
Poorly Written App
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This app is poorly written and confusing. It appears to say one thing but mean another with the whole Ticket Cashing Option. ONLY tickets of $50 up to $5,000 can be cashed. Since the majority of prizes given out by the Ohio Lottery fall well below this threshold, not many customers will be able to utilize this option. An option to accumulate more than $50 and utilize the option. Whoever writes the instructions and promo was NOT clear on this “option”. Again, a very THIRD RATE APP and poorly written and executed instructions. When you call in, the Ohio Lottery Representatives are smug, sarcastic and very off putting. Another TYPICALLY RUN STATE AGENCY. If they had to make it in the real world this would FAIL MISERABLY.