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Scratch-off Ohio Lottery games took off during coronavirus closings

Scratch-off Ohio Lottery ticket sales increased during COVID-19-related business closings in the state. Ohio Lottery Commission

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Scratch-off Ohio Lottery tickets became so popular during the coronavirus crisis that money from those ticket sales helped overcome lottery losses from the temporary closings of bars, where Keno is often played, and the state’s seven racinos.

The Ohio Lottery Commission reported Wednesday that total sales from traditional lottery games closed out the fiscal year on June 30 up $111 million from the previous year, while lottery revenue from the slots-like video machines at the seven racinos was down nearly $80 million.

Director Pat McDonald told board members during the lottery’s monthly video conference meeting that the scratch-off tickets essentially became the “only game in town.”

Scratch-off sales totaled $148 million in February — the last full month before Gov. Mike DeWine began closing businesses — then increased to $162 million in April and to $216 million in May.

The reverse occurred with Keno. Sales dropped from $42 million in February to $16 million in April, recovering some to $28 million in May. The racinos were closed for three months, from mid-March through mid-June, generating no money during that time.

The lottery during the fiscal year transferred $1.127 billion for use as part of the state’s contribution to school funding, up slightly from the $1.126 billion that had been projected.

* Draw-based games had sales of $1.598 billion, down from $1.698 billion in the previous fiscal year.

* Scratch-off games had sales of $1.874 billion, up from $1.663 billion.

* The lottery share of money from the slots-like video terminals in the racinos was $275 million, down from $355 million.

Note: This story has been updated to correct the overall dollar amounts for the year for the draw-based and scratch-off games.

Scratch-off Ohio Lottery games took off during coronavirus closings Scratch-off Ohio Lottery ticket sales increased during COVID-19-related business closings in the state. Ohio Lottery Commission

Ohio Lottery Awards Contract For Select 4™ Instant Ticket Vending Machines To Schafer Systems—A Pollard Banknote Company

Schafer Systems’ Select 4™ instant ticket dispenser takes the best features of an Instant Ticket Vending Machine (ITVM) and reduces its size, creating a product that facilitates sales of the Lottery’s instant tickets in multi-lane retail environments, as well as in non-traditional retailers, such as bars, restaurants, and other similar retailers that have not typically offered instant tickets. Schafer Systems was pleased to partner with its sister company Diamond Game to support the creation of this brand new-to-market product, with Diamond Game providing ongoing software development and support, as well as field service and product maintenance for the Select 4™ dispensers.

The compact unit offers the familiarity of an ITVM with a fun, digital interface designed to grab players’ attention. A digital touchscreen is positioned within the top of the unit, offering eye-catching ticket graphics and user-friendly screen prompts to guide self-serve purchases. The unit, built to sit comfortably on a bar top, shelf, or optional stand or similar surface, holds four bins supporting 4” wide and between 2” to 12” long tickets, or a combination thereof, with each bin holding up to 300 fan-folded tickets. The exterior of the unit can be branded with the Lottery’s logo and colors or customized to incorporate any other design the Lottery envisions.

“We are thrilled to build upon our successful partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission by introducing the Select 4 ™ Instant Ticket Vending Machine,” said Teresa Immel, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Schafer Systems. “Retailers from across the state will benefit from the convenience and added features offered by our Select 4™ product. The customizable nature of the Select 4 ™ units allows us to work closely with the Lottery to ensure its design and function maximizes impact at retail while meeting the Lottery’s specific needs.”

The Ohio Lottery has contributed more than $26 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit www.ohiolottery.com/supportingeducation.

About Schafer Systems

Schafer Systems was founded in 1986 in Adair, Iowa and has built business largely on creating innovative products including lottery ticket dispensers and point of purchase displays for the lottery industry. Serving over 60 clients domestically and internationally, the company has a strong reputation for quality products and exceptional customer service. With a focus on solutions to increase sales at the retail location for the lottery industry, and on the development of innovative and proprietary products, Schafer Systems is a lead and key partner to lotteries for on-counter, in-counter, wall mounted, promotional products, mounting fixtures, stands, as well as play stations and game centers in a variety of sizes.

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