Ohio (OH) Lottery General Information
The Ohio Lottery Commission was created in May 1973 by a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The first tickets went
on sale in August 1974. Today, the Ohio Lottery Commission offers customers a wide variety of instant games and on-line games
to play at about 8,900 licensed retailer locations across the state. In FY05, the Ohio Lottery added on another task: to
administer and monitor charitable bingo licensing for the state.
Since 1974, the Lottery has provided more than $14.5 billion to public education. Annually, we provide about 4.5 percent
of the funding needed for public education -- an effort shared by local, state and federal governments.
Through more than 10,000 retail agents, Ohioans wager an average of about $200 per capita yearly on the lottery's instant
scratch-off games, online games, Pick 3, Pick 4, Buckeye 5, and the six-number Super Lotto.
All profits from the lottery -- roughly a third of sales -- go to the Lottery Profits For Education Fund, which constitutes
7-8% of the state's education budget.
Ohio's lottery ranks among the top five in the US in both per capita instant game sales and for total lottery sales.