Ohio Lottery Information (2024)

The Ohio Lottery offers a wide selection of games, including Ohio Classic Lotto with Kicker, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Rolling Cash 5.

Find out more about what's on offer in the Buckeye State, including a draw schedule, plus information on claiming prizes and the history of the Ohio Lottery.



Buying Tickets

You can purchase Ohio Lottery tickets from over 9,000 authorized retailers across the state. You can also order tickets online via courier services such as Jackpot.com. Your tickets are then purchased on your behalf, with scanned copies uploaded to your player account. If you're visiting from another part of the USA, you'll need to make sure you claim any winnings before you return home.

Ohio Lottery Drawing Schedule

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

GameDraw DaysDraw Times*Ticket Sales Close At*
PowerballMonday, Wednesday & Saturday10:59 PM10:00 PM
Mega MillionsTuesday & Friday11:00 PM10:45 PM
Lucky for LifeDaily10:38 PM9:30 PM
Lotto with KickerMonday, Wednesday & Saturday7:05 PM7:00 PM
Pick 3Daily12:29 PM & 7:29 PM12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Pick 4Daily12:29 PM & 7:29 PM12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Pick 5Daily12:29 PM & 7:29 PM12:25 PM & 7:25 PM
Rolling Cash 5Daily7:05 PM7:00 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.

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.

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 around 7:30 to 8pm EST in order to be broadcast during the Cash Explosion television show.

Pick 4

Ohio Pick 4 is also played two times daily, with the Midday and Evening draws held alongside the Pick 3 drawings. Players can choose from Straight or Box wagers, with entries costing as little as $0.50.

Pick 5

Ohio Pick 5 has the same draw times as the other Pick games, with Midday and Evening draws held seven days a week. The game offers the chance to win up to $50,000 on a $1 bet.

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.

Other Games

Other Ohio Lottery games include a choice of EZPlay options and Keno. If you want to play right 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

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

Send to:

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 $32 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.

Ohio Lottery Information (2024)
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