This newspaper examined every Ohio Lottery Commission prize claim of $600 or more going back to the launch of the Ohio Lottery in the mid-1970s. Search through the most frequent winners, some of whom have claimed hundreds of large prizes in such short spans of time that it has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery Commission, and financial information about Ohio Lottery games below.
This newspaper analyzed hundreds of thousands of records of those who have won Ohio Lottery prizes of at least $600. More than 1,000 winners have won at least 20 times. Search through those winners using the tool below. (Note: Totals were calculated by adding wins and share amounts for those whose name address appeared together at least 20 times in the Ohio Lottery database. It's possible the same name won more times than shown, but with a different address. Totals should be viewed as "at least" amounts.)
Explore financial information about the Ohio Lottery using the charts below.
Each year the lottery spends about 60 percent of its revenues on prizes and about 30 percent goes to education. The rest is used for operating expenses and paying bonuses and commissions to retailers.
The top 10 lottery prizes in Ohio have all come from the multi-state games Powerball, introduced in 2010, and Mega Millions, available in Ohio since 2002. The majority of these prizes have been claimed under trusts so the names of the winners are not known. Others were split between numerous individuals.
|Prize amount||Game||Draw date||Winner city||Each ricipient's share|
|$207,000,000||Mega Millions||12/12/2008||Piqua (multiple winners)||From $9,178,202 to $18,356,405|
|$170,000,000||Mega Millions||7/22/2005||Cleveland (multiple winners)||From $8,608,761 to $17,217,523|
|$99,000,000||Mega Millions||8/5/2011||Multiple winners||From $207,065 to $2,953,083|
These are the five Ohio Lottery games that have awarded the most prizes since their introduction. Kicker was formerly an add-on game to Mega Millions which began in Oct. 2005 and was replaced with Megaplier in 2011.