Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ohio Classic Lotto: Will the Rollovers Ever End?

Nobody managed to match the six winning numbers in the Wednesday, April 9, Ohio Classic Lotto draw so the jackpot rolled over again. Classic Lotto drawings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, but the Jackpot has been eluding players for over two years.

The odds of winning a prize in the Classic Lotto jackpot are 1 in 54. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816.

The last time the Classic Lotto jackpot was won was December 7, 2011, when one lucky player scooped a $2.7 million prize. The jackpot has been growing ever since and the jackpot available on Saturday now stands at $66,500,000.

The total payout from lower tier wins on Wednesday was $51,486 and the total payout from Monday's draw was $40,860, but Ohio Lottery officials are at a loss to explain the long continuation of jackpot rollovers.

The game was introduced in January 22, 2007, to replace the bingo-style game Lot 'O Play and the Ohio Lottery report Classic Lotto sales of $5.1 million for the fiscal year 2013. This accounts for 0.2% of total Ohio Lottery sales.

The Classic Lotto is one of seven draw-type games available to Ohio Lottery players. The biggest two draws being the multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball, but the lottery also provide players with a variety of other online and instant-win scratch-off ticket type games and lottery sales generate $19 Billion for public education each year.