Ohio Lottery Best Numbers To Play

Use past Ohio Lottery winning numbers to help you win Ohio-only games.

While the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots get all the attention because of the incredibly large payouts, lost in all the media hysteria are the state lottery games.

In Ohio, for example, you can win millions playing Ohio-only games like Rolling Cash 5, Classic Lotto, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5.

Each game offers you the chance to win a range of cash prizes, and you can win decent amounts by matching just a few numbers.

If you play Ohio Classic Lotto, you can win a jackpot that reaches more than $5 million. And if you add the KICKER™ feature to your Classic Lotto ticket for an extra $1, you have the chance to win up to an additional $100,000!

Rolling Cash 5 is another Ohio-only jackpot game where players select five numbers from 1 to 39. Jackpots start at $100,000 and roll until a winner is drawn. If there is no 5 of 5 winner, the jackpot increases for the next drawing based on sales or a minimum of $10,000, whichever is greater. Drawings are held every day at 8:00 PM.

The key to winning cash for any lottery is of course picking the winning numbers. Many people use special dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, while others select the uniform numbers of their favorite sports figures. And many other lottery players go with their “gut” or numbers that just feel right.

What if you knew which numbers were most commonly drawn for your favorite games? Would that alter the numbers you’d pick?
If you play Powerball, would you change your picks if you knew that 32 and 41 have appeared 193 times, or just over 10% of the time, which makes them the most commonly drawn numbers in Powerball history? Or what about the fact that in order to win the big Powerball jackpot, you must also guess the “powerball” in addition to all five regular numbers, and the most commonly drawn powerball number is 20, which has appeared 63 times (or 3%).

Would knowing that kind of percentages change how you play the Ohio Lottery games? If so, here are the numbers you need:

How to win the Ohio Classic Lotto

In the last 1000 draws, 14 is the luckiest number. It’s been drawn 148 times (14.8% of the time). The numbers 26 (14%) and 4 (13.6%) are the next two lucky numbers. Cold or unlucky numbers are 3 and 39. Both have been part of the winning combinations less than 11% of the time.

How to win the Rolling Cash 5 Lottery

In the last 1000 draws, 11 is the luckiest number, being part of the winning number 15% of the time. 20, 28 and 29 are the next lucky numbers. Each has been drawn at least 14%. The coldest or most unlucky numbers are 14 and 22. It’s chosen less than 10% of the time.

How to win the Ohio Pick 5 Midday and Pick 5 Evening

If you play the Pick 5 Midday (Ohio), you choose between 0 and 9, in any combination, and can win cash prizes a number of different ways, like a straight or a five-way box (occurs when 4 of one numbers and a different number – like 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 – are drawn). In the last 1000 draws, the numbers rank as follows:

5 drawn 5.41%
8 drawn 5.21%
9 drawn 5.21%
4 drawn 5.14%
3 drawn 4.97%
1 drawn 4.96%
6 drawn 4.92%
0 drawn 4.90%
7 drawn 4.83%
2 drawn 4.45%

Pick 5 Evening numbers are:

9 drawn 5.36%
3 drawn 5.26%
4 drawn 5.26%
0 drawn 5.21%
2 drawn 4.99%
7 drawn 4.94%
6 drawn 4.87%
5 drawn 4.85%
8 drawn 4.73%
1 drawn 4.53%

To conduct your own lucky and unlucky number analysis, visit or Ohio Lottery page with all kinds of helpful tools to help you break down Ohio Lottery results and determine how to win the Ohio Lottery.

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How to win the Ohio Lottery Instant Game Scratch-Off Jackpots

5 Tips and a helpful spreadsheet guaranteed to improve your odds of winning Ohio Lottery Instant Games.

Ohioans certainly love to play their lottery scratch off games. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the Ohio Lottery sold a record $1.55 billion in instant game scratch-off lottery tickets, which was an 8.6% increase from the previous year, which itself was a record year.

It’s a good thing too because the Ohio Lottery’s sales of draw games, including Rolling Cash 5, Classic Lotto, Kicker and multi-state games are down sharply.

The Ohio Lottery offers dozens of instant game scratch tickets with price points ranging from $1, $2, $3, $5, $10, $20, and $30, where players can win a jackpots up to $400,000 for the next 25 years.

Now, here’s what’s really interesting about the instant games. Unlike all the OH Lottery draw games – which are games of pure chance – the Ohio Lottery instant games, also known as scratchers, are different.

The instant game tickets are not random.

Think about it. They can’t be. While the Ohio Lottery drawings are games of chance because the numbers are drawn randomly – without human intervention, the instant game tickets are not random because a real person must determine how many total tickets to print, how many will be winning tickets and for what amounts, and how the winning tickets are dispersed geographically. All of these decisions are carefully crafted to maximize excitement and to draw players in and keep them playing.

In short, there is a formula to OH Lottery scratch-off games. The challenge is to figure it out.

January-coverA famous article in Wired Magazine details how Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, figured out one of the formulas.

“The tickets are clearly mass-produced, which means there must be some computer program that lays down the numbers,” Mr. Srivastava is quoted in Wired. “Of course, it would be really nice if the computer could just spit out random digits. But that’s not possible, since the lottery corporation needs to control the number of winning tickets [otherwise it could go bust]. The game can’t be truly random. Instead, it has to generate the illusion of randomness while actually being carefully determined.”

The article goes on to describe his approach. Although his particular method will no longer work on most (probably all) scratch-off tickets, the principle of “illusion of randomness” does still apply.

We can’t tell you the exact formula for your favorite OH scratch-off games, but we can offer strategies for dramatically improving your odds for winning money when playing instant cash games.

Ohio Lottery Instant Games 5 Best Strategies

If you really want to win more when playing the OH Lottery instant lottery scratch-off games, start doing the following:

1. Buy all your Ohio Lottery scratch-off tickets from the same roll at the same time.
lottery-tickets-rollYou can assume there are at least a few winners in every roll of tickets. Every time you get a losing ticket, you reduce your chances of losing by one ticket.

Do not buy different games. If you buy a new ticket from a different roll, the pool of losing tickets is much larger and your chances of getting a winning ticket goes down.

2. Don’t play everyday. Rather buy in bulk.
Building on tip #1, the odds are better if instead of buying one ticket every day for a week, you spend the same amount and buy 7 tickets at one time. Better yet, purchase your monthly allotment of scratch offs during one visit. Buying 30 tickets at once is much better than buying one a day.

3. Let others in Ohio buy the losing tickets.
If you’re able to and have the time, hang around and watch others play. If you see a prolonged losing streak from a specific roll, your chances of getting a winning ticket increase because scratch-off tickets are sold with a guaranteed number of winners and losers in each pack.

You could also make friends with the cashier who could keep track for you.

4. Have the retailer’s computer check your losing tickets.
This isn’t about improving your odds necessarily, except that after scratching off 10, 15, or 20 tickets, it’s easy to miss matching symbols or numbers.

5. Strategically plan your play using math and a spreadsheet
Most scratch-off games publish on their websites the odds for each instant cash game. Many will often post prizes that have already been won for each game.

If you do nothing else, at least be sure to check the appropriate website to see which games still have top prizes available.

freelotto-spreadsheetNow to really improve your odds, let’s do a little math (there’s a spreadsheet at the end to make it easy).

We start with a simple concept: When OH Lottery tickets are sold and prizes won, the odds of winning change.

For example, if a game has sold many tickets, all or nearly all the top prizes could have already been won, so the odds of you winning that $1 million went from very small to virtually zero to perhaps zero if all the top prizes have been claimed.

However, sometimes the odds swing in your favor.

Simplifying the math for the example, let’s say 50% of the tickets have been sold but only 25% of the prizes have been claimed. Naturally, your odds of winning have gone up, or swung in your favor, by 50%. This would be a game you should play.

In reality, the odds never swing this much. In fact, most of the time, the odds vary only slightly. But a slight move in your direction can help and a few times, you’ll find significant swings that can make a worthwhile difference.

We’ve created a spreadsheet you can use to do the math for you. All you need to do is check the game’s website and fill in the numbers.

Here’s how the spreadsheet works for a single game:

First go to the Ohio Lottery website to find the numbers for the game.

You can find the numbers for OH Lottery here:
Page for Ohio Lottery Instant Games

Page for Ohio Lottery Instant Game odds and remaining prizes

In column A, fill in the available prizes.

In column B, fill in the odds, which are usually stated as “1 in X.”

In column C, fill in total available prizes.

Column D automatically calculates the estimated number of tickets sold. The formula is:

Odds X Available Prizes = Printed Tickets

Column E automatically calculates your chances of winning.

In column F, fill in the claimed prizes as published on the OH Lottery website.

Column G automatically calculates the number of remaining prizes.

Column H is an important column. It estimates how many tickets have been sold. This is a number not provided by the website, but it’s critical in determining how the odds have changed.

To generate a reasonable estimate, the spreadsheet uses the estimated tickets sold of the lowest prize amount because this gives us the largest sample size and will be more accurate than the numbers with fewer prizes. You may have to adjust this number depending upon what numbers are available in the earlier columns.

Column I automatically takes the estimated tickets sold and subtracts from total tickets printed to get the estimated remaining tickets.

Column J automatically adjusts the odds based on the new numbers.

Column K automatically adjusts your chances of winning based on the new numbers.

Column L automatically determines how much your chances of winning have changed. Sometimes in your favor, represented by a green bold number, and sometimes against you, represented by a red number.

What does all this mean for the Ohio Lottery Instant Games?

If the odds haven’t changed much, it means that the winning tickets have been evenly distributed throughout the packs, which is not unusual, but it means you can be assured of the following:

Watch for losing streaks from any specific pack. If you see someone else play a number of times in a row and lose, you should play next. A winner will likely follow because of the even distribution strategy.

Bottom line, don’t just walk into a store and purchase a few random OH Lottery tickets, unless you really don’t care and just want to have fun. But if you want to improve your odds, these strategies do help.

Download instant lottery scratch-off games spreadsheet


To download the spreadsheet to your computer after you’ve clicked on the button above, click the menu File while viewing the document, then choose Download As.

Note, this is a Google Doc so you DO NOT risk getting viruses or other crap you get if you download strange files or those ending in .exe. Google wouldn’t let that happen.

Enjoy the same excitement and chance to win instant cash as scratch-off games.

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