The state of Ohio is looking to regulate the online sports betting industry. Therefore, many are wondering whether this would mean that online casino and lottery games would be available in the Buckeye State.
Right now, players can only bet online on horse races and daily fantasy sports. The Ohio Lottery is available, but not in any online version. Can Ohio residents hope for the online lottery to launch any time soon? Let’s see what the Lottery looks like in Ohio.
Ohio Online Lottery
The Ohio Lottery is not available online, unfortunately. However, players can sign up online to join the MyLotto Rewards program. Here’s how this works.
Even if your Ohio Lottery ticket is not a winner, you can use it to earn points and enter various drawings or purchase something from the operator’s catalog. You need to register and enter non-winning tickets such as Scratch-Offs and Instant Tickets.
You will receive one point for each $1 in tickets (e.g., you will get $20 points for a $20 instant ticket). Each month, you can enter up to 1,200 points. But that’s not the only way to earn points. You can do so by joining certain activities such as answering poll questions as well.
The Ohio Lottery is not yet available online, so cashing in non-winning tickets through MyLotto Rewards is the only online lottery-related activity Ohioans can participate in.
If you wish to purchase a lottery ticket in Ohio, you can do so in one of more than 9,800 retail locations across the state. You need to be 18 or older to participate in the game, as is the case in the majority of US states in which the lottery is available.
Powerball, Mega Millions, and More
You can participate in several lottery games in Ohio. Here’s what they are:
- Pick 3
- Pick 4
- Pick 5
- Rolling Cash 5
- Lucky for Life
- Mega Millions
- Classic Lotto
Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5 are very popular because the rules are simple. You need to select three, four, or five random numbers for your ticket (respectively) or purchase one with auto-picked numbers by the computer system. The winning numbers need to match the numbers on your ticket from left to right.
To play KENO, you select between one and ten numbers from an 80-number pool. You win if your numbers match the 20 selected by the Lottery. In Rolling Cash 5, you choose five numbers between 1 and 39. The jackpot begins at $100,000 and increases until there is a winner.
In Lucky for Life, you choose five numbers (1-48), and one Lucky Ball number between (1-18). You can use the auto pick feature to make the selection for you. Another popular game (because of the prize) is the famed MegaMillions. Whoever matches five numbers between 1 and 70 receives $1,000,000 times the Megaplier.
In Classic Lotto, the jackpot starts at $1,000,000, and players select six numbers from the pool of 49. And in Powerball, players choose five numbers between 1 and 69 (White Ball) and one number between 1 and 26 (Red Ball)