The Ohio Lottery held its first ever draw on August 22, 1974. The draw was held in Parma at the Parmatown Mall and over 1,000 people attended. The game was the state’s first weekly lotto, which was called Buckeye 300, and it was hosted by none other than Miss Ohio World of that same year along with two local TV stars, Hoolihan and Big Chuck.
The Ohio lottery was quick to become one of the most popular in the US, and it’s not hard to see why. There are 350,000 lottery winners just in this state, every month. The games available in Ohio include 7 single state lotteries along with Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, and Powerball.
Of the 7 state-only lotteries in Ohio, the largest jackpot is usually found with the Ohio Classic Lotto. This jackpot starts at $1 million and increases by a guaranteed $100,000 each time there is a rollover. So, it’s pretty common for Ohio Lotto jackpot winners to walk away with tens of millions of dollars.
The lottery raises funds to help educate children in the state, having already given over $16 billion to public education since it started.