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Live in Ohio? Here’s how to snag rare bourbons this year without waiting in line

The Single Barrel Flight with Four Roses, Elmer T Lee, and Evan Williams at Harvest Restaurant in Louisville, KY. June 3, 2014 (Photo: Frankie Steele, Special to the C)

Good news Ohioans, you can get easy access to rare bourbon this year without doing more than entering a raffle.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control is hosting a bottle lottery again this year. The annual lottery is “the fairest opportunity for Ohioans to buy these limited supply bourbons,” officials said.

The lotteries include King of Kentucky, E.H. Taylor bottles and Double Eagle Very Rare that is sold for $2,000. The first lottery begins the week of Sept. 28.

To enter, Ohioans need to submit their name, address, driver’s license information and contact information. Entrants will also need to select the Ohio Liquor location they want to purchase the bottle from if they win.

There are multiple weekly lotteries that include different bottles in each, so when entering make sure to look for the bottle you want.

Entrants can submit an entry for each weekly lottery. Also, when selecting which bottle you want, choosing all items is an option. Winning one bottle doesn’t disqualify you from winning another.

Winners will be notified via the email they entered in their submission. Names and winning ticket numbers will also be posted online at OHLQ.com in November and bottles must be purchased by the end of the month.

Here is what’s up for grabs each week and when to enter:

Week 1 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 28 until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 2 for these items:

  • E.H. Taylor Amaranth, $69.99
  • Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition, $100.00
  • E.H. Taylor Jr. 18 Year Marriage, $ 69.99

Week 2 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 5 until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 9 for these items:

  • Old Fitzgerald 9 year, $89.98
  • Old Fitzgerald 15 Year, $149.98
  • Rockhill Farms, $54.99

Week 3 Lottery: Entries accepted beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 12 until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 16, for these items:

  • Mister Sam, $249.98
  • King of Kentucky, $249.99
  • Old Forester Birthday, $99.99

Good news Ohioans, you can get easy access to rare bourbon this year without doing more than entering a raffle.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Ohio Liquor Announces 2019 Bourbon Bottle Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Commerce has notified the winners of the 2019 Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle Bottle Lottery. Winners will receive an email from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control with further instructions on how to redeem your bottle. If you are wondering what the odds of winning were, I have you covered here! Sadly, there were two Mark R’s listed as winners, but I wasn’t one of them.

As a spoiler, entrants had 7x better odds of contracting the flu this year than winning the bottle lottery further enforcing the ridiculous liquor laws in Ohio where the state determines supply and demand.

If you are curious to see the winners, you can view the list here. Some of my favorite names are:

  • Ronald M. 252936 (hopefully last name is McDonald)
  • Chrystle M. 277624
  • Kristopher K. 290208
  • Christopher S. 374909
  • Chris G. 354259
  • Pranalee C. 377792
  • Jennalee E. 291986
  • Dominic1 O. 395788 (has a number in his name)
  • Kaiser B. 447536
  • Junett W. 259038
  • Relanie C. 260647
  • Zechariah M. 267002
  • Eryn G. 398254
  • Rimas B. 446328

As I have in the past, I will continue to cover the 2020 Bottle Lottery and all Ohio Bottle Raffles as they are announced.

Congrats to all the winners. If you were fortunate enough to snag a bottle, drop a note in the comments with which one!

The Ohio Department of Commerce has notified the winners of the 2019 Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle Bottle Lottery. Winners will receive an email from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control with further instructions on how to redeem your bottle. If you are wondering what the odds of winning were, I have you covered here! Sadly, there were two Mark R's listed as winners, but I wasn't one of them.