3770:1-7-18 Ohio lottery commission game number eighteen.

(A) Title and term. Ohio lottery commission game number eighteen shall be conducted at such times and for such periods as the commission may determine. For the purposes of this rule, "sales cycle" shall mean any such period beginning on the date when ticket sales are commenced and continuing through the date established by the commission as the date on which agents are to make their final settlement in respect of tickets allocated to them during the period in game number eighteen.

(B) General design.

(1) Game number eighteen is a lottery game of the type generally known as an instant lottery.

(2) As used in this rule, "prize amount" shall mean one of the following monetary amounts: two dollars, five dollars, ten dollars, one hundred dollars, five hundred dollars, and five thousand dollars. Each ticket in game number eighteen shall be imprinted with six playing card symbols from the set nine, ten, jack, queen, king, and ace, which shall be referred to in this rule as the "playing card symbols" and shall appear only in the following form: "9"; "10"; "J"; "Q"; "K"; "A". The playing card symbols shall be concealed by an opaque covering which can be scraped off by the holder of the ticket to reveal the underlying playing card symbols. Holders of valid tickets on which at least three of the playing card symbols are identical shall win prizes in accordance with paragraph (D)(2) of this rule. Such tickets shall be called "winning tickets." Each ticket shall be imprinted with the prize amounts won by the holders of valid winning tickets on which three identical playing card symbols appear, in accordance with paragraph (D)(2) of this rule.

(3) Subject to the limitations contained in this paragraph and in paragraph (F)(3) of this rule, during each sales cycle in game number eighteen, and after the end of such cycle, there shall be held drawings called "bonus pot drawings" in which prizes to be called "bonus pot prizes" shall be awarded; one bonus pot drawing shall be held for each week in a sales cycle, provided that no such drawing shall be held in any week in which the holding of such a drawing would cause the total number of such drawings held in connection with that sales cycle to exceed one for each three million eight hundred thousand tickets sold in that sales cycle. Any holder of four valid tickets which are not winning tickets may become eligible to be selected to participate in a bonus pot drawing. Any person may enter the process for the selection of participants in a given bonus pot drawing an unlimited number of times, or may enter the process for the selection of participants in multiple bonus pot drawings an unlimited number of times, provided that each such entry is based upon a distinct set of at least four nonwinning tickets. Each bonus pot drawing shall have a prize structure, and shall be conducted, pursuant to the provisions of this rule. All persons seeking to become eligible, enter and participate in any of such drawings shall comply with the provisions of this rule, with the rules of the commission and the regulations of the director, and with the procedures and requirements to be established by the director pursuant to this rule relating to claim, entry, receipt and validation of tickets with respect to such drawings and to the conduct thereof.

(4) After any given sales cycle in game number eighteen, prizes called "grand drawing prizes" shall be awarded in a single drawing called a "grand drawing." All holders of valid winning tickets winning prizes of two dollars, five dollars, or ten dollars may become eligible to be selected to participate in the grand drawing by complying with the special claim, entry, receipt and validation requirements of this rule, and with all other applicable requirements of the rules of the commission, the regulations of the director, and the procedures established by the director pursuant hereto and thereto.

(C) Price of tickets. The price of a ticket issued by the commission in game number eighteen shall be one dollar.

(D) Structure, nature and value of prize awards.

(1) There shall be three types of prize awards in game number eighteen called regular prizes, bonus pot prizes, and grand drawing prizes, respectively.

(2) Holders of valid winning tickets in game number eighteen shall win prizes only as provided in this paragraph.

(a) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "9" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of two dollars.

(b) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "10" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of five dollars.

(c) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "J" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of ten dollars.

(d) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "Q" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of one hundred dollars.

(e) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "K" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of five hundred dollars.

(f) The holder of a valid ticket having an occurrence of three separate "A" playing card symbols shall win a regular prize of five thousand dollars.

(g) If a ticket bears two sets of three identical playing card symbols, only the higher prize amount will be won.

(3) One hundred six eligible holders shall be selected for each bonus pot drawing. Eligible holders selected for a bonus pot drawing shall be entitled to participate in that drawing. In each bonus pot drawing, the following bonus pot prizes shall be awarded: one hundred prizes of five hundred dollars and six prizes the total of which shall average as nearly as practicable fifty thousand dollars over the sales cycle, and which prizes shall be specified by the commission prior to each sales cycle of game number eighteen. As nearly as practicable, a total of one million dollars shall be awarded for each sales cycle in game number eighteen. Any additional prize awards necessary to achieve said total shall be awarded in the final bonus pot drawing as determined by the director in accordance with paragraph (G)(5) of this rule.

(4) As nearly as practicable, one eligible holder shall be selected to participate in the grand drawing for every eighteen thousand eight hundred fifty-nine valid winning tickets winning two dollars, five dollars, or ten dollars received and entered in the grand drawing selection process. Eligible holders selected for the grand drawing shall be entitled to participate in such drawing, in which the following grand drawing prizes shall be awarded:

(a) One prize of one million dollars;

(b) One prize of fifty thousand dollars;

(c) One prize of twenty thousand dollars;

(d) Seven prizes of five thousand dollars;

(e) Thirty prizes of five hundred dollars; and

(f) Prizes of one hundred dollars to each of the remaining participants in the drawing.

(E) Number of prize awards.

(1) The number of prize awards in any sales cycle of game number eighteen will depend upon the number of tickets sold during that cycle. Tickets shall be printed in accordance with this rule using random techniques in order that:

(a) Combinations of playing card symbols winning each prize amount are randomly distributed throughout all tickets printed in any given ticket issuance; and

(b) Mathematical reasoning indicates that over a sufficiently large number of tickets sold, the average number of winning tickets per six hundred thousand tickets sold will be as follows:

(i) Ten tickets winning prizes of five thousand dollars;

(ii) Ten tickets winning prizes of five hundred dollars;

(iii) Eighty tickets winning prizes of one hundred dollars;

(iv) Two thousand tickets winning prizes of ten dollars;

(v) Four thousand tickets winning prizes of five dollars; and

(vi) Seventy thousand tickets winning prizes of two dollars.

(2) There shall be one hundred six bonus pot prizes in each bonus pot drawing held. In each bonus pot drawing, there shall be one hundred prizes of five hundred dollars each and six prizes totaling as nearly as practicable an average of fifty thousand dollars over the sales cycle, which prizes shall be specified by the commission prior to each sales cycle of game number eighteen. The number of holders eligible to be selected to participate in the bonus pot drawings will vary depending upon the number of tickets sold and the number of valid entries submitted in accordance with the special claim, entry, receipt and validation procedures of this rule so as to make their holders eligible to be selected to participate in such drawings. The bonus pot prizes in each bonus pot drawing shall be announced on the date of such drawing.

(3) The number of grand drawing prizes will depend upon the number of eligible holders selected to participate in the grand drawing. There shall be one prize of one million dollars; one prize of fifty thousand dollars; one prize of twenty thousand dollars; seven prizes of five thousand dollars; thirty prizes of five hundred dollars; and prizes of one hundred dollars to each of the remaining participants in the grand drawing. The number of holders eligible to be selected to be participants will depend upon the number of tickets sold and the number of valid tickets winning prizes of two dollars, five dollars, or ten dollars which are claimed, surrendered, received and validated in accordance with this rule so as to make their holders eligible to be selected to participate in such drawing; as nearly as practicable, one eligible holder shall be selected to participate in the grand drawing for each eighteen thousand eight hundred fifty-nine of such tickets. The grand drawing prizes shall be announced on the date of such drawing.

(F) Frequency of prize drawings.

(1) The random imprinting of playing card symbols on all tickets issued in game number eighteen shall be accomplished in a manner which complies with the commission's rules and procedures authorized thereunder.

(2) When a ticket issued in game number eighteen is sold or deemed sold in accordance with this rule, and the covering material over any of the playing card symbols has been removed, the holder shall be deemed to have drawn the playing card symbols on that ticket which determine whether the holder is entitled to a regular prize. All regular prizes shall be deemed to be announced no later than the last day of the sales cycle of game number eighteen in which the ticket was sold.

(3) There shall be bonus pot drawings during a given sales cycle of game number eighteen and such drawings as necessary after the end of the sales cycle in order to have one such drawing for each week of the sales cycle; provided that in connection with any sales cycle, there shall be no more than one such drawing for approximately every three million eight hundred thousand tickets issued and sold in that sales cycle of the game. The final such drawing shall be held on a date to be determined and announced by the director, which date shall be a reasonable time after the date established by the commission as the end of the sales cycle.

(4) One grand drawing shall be held after each sales cycle of game number eighteen. The grand drawing shall be held on a date to be determined and announced by the director, which date shall be a reasonable period of time after the date established by the commission as the end of the sales cycle.

(G) Manner of prize drawings.

(1) The selection of persons eligible to participate in prize drawings, and the prize drawings, in game number eighteen shall be open to the public and, whenever practicable, persons eligible to win prizes in such drawings shall be encouraged to attend and participate. Drawings may be held at the commission's headquarters, at its regional offices, or at any other place or places in the state. The director shall inform the public as to the time and place of each drawing.

(2) Subject to compliance with authorized claim and validation procedures, all holders of valid tickets are entitled to win the regular prizes determined by the playing card symbols and prize amounts imprinted on those tickets in accordance with paragraph (D)(2) of this rule.

(3) Subject to compliance with authorized claim, entry, receipt and validation procedures, all holders of valid tickets who become eligible for a bonus pot drawing shall be entitled to participate in that drawing.

(4) Subject to compliance with authorized claim, entry, receipt and validation procedures, all holders of tickets who become eligible for the grand drawing shall be entitled to participate in the grand drawing.

(5) For every participant selection and drawing in game number eighteen, the director shall approve procedures and mechanisms for the selection of drawing participants, numbers and winners, and the awarding of prizes, in order that, insofar as is possible, random selection will be achieved.

(H) Special claim, entry, receipt and validation procedures.

(1) The director shall establish special claim, entry, receipt and validation procedures, including procedures for validation by agents of tickets winning prizes which are to be paid by agents in accordance with these rules, governing eligibility for selection for, and for participation in, bonus pot drawings and the grand drawing.

(2) Eligibility for selection for, and for participation in, bonus pot drawings is expressly conditioned on compliance with the provisions of this rule and the procedures of the director authorized hereunder. The director's procedures governing the bonus pot drawing shall provide, without limitation, procedures for the submission to the lottery of each entry of at least four valid nonwinning tickets; procedures for the identification of the holder of such tickets; procedures for deadlines by which such entries must be received to be eligible for given bonus pot drawings; procedures for any necessary special validation; and procedures governing all other matters which he may deem necessary or advisable consistent with the provisions of these rules.

(3) Eligibility for selection for, and for participation in, the grand drawing is expressly conditioned on compliance with the provisions of this rule and the procedures of the director authorized hereunder. The director's procedures governing the grand drawing shall provide, without limitation, procedures for the transmittal to the state lottery by agents of redeemed tickets winning prizes of two dollars, five dollars, or ten dollars; procedures for the claim and surrender of such tickets at the lottery offices; procedures for any necessary special validation; procedures to establish and announce deadlines at reasonable times after the date established by the commission as the end of any given sales cycle by which tickets winning prizes of two dollars, five dollars or ten dollars must be claimed, redeemed and surrendered to agents, or lottery offices, and actually received at lottery headquarters, in order to cause their holders to become eligible for selection for the grand drawing; procedures for the identification of the holders of such tickets; and procedures as to all other matters which the director may deem necessary or advisable consistent with these rules.

(4) As to tickets transmitted by any means for entry into the selection procedures for the bonus pot drawings, and surrendered to agents or otherwise transmitted to the lottery for entry into the selection procedures for the grand drawing, all risk of loss in transit arising from any source shall be borne by the holder of such tickets, regardless of any negligence, misfeasance or nonfeasance on the part of any agent or any bank providing safekeeping and depository services to the lottery, or by any lottery employee. The commission shall have no responsibility or liability as to any such tickets lost or damaged in transit or otherwise not actually received at lottery headquarters in Cleveland. All such tickets must pass all validation tests before their holder may become eligible for a bonus pot drawing or the grand drawing.

(I) Validity of tickets.

(1) A mechanical error in printing playing card symbols or the prize amounts on a ticket shall not automatically invalidate that ticket. To the extent feasible, the director shall establish procedures by which the holder of any ticket on which information is incorrectly printed due to mechanical malfunction can be advised of the correct information for the ticket. If it is not technically feasible to recover the information from a mechanically misprinted ticket, the director may declare the ticket void and the holder shall be entitled to a return of the price of the ticket.

(2) In addition to, but not in limitation of, all other power and authority conferred on the director by the commission's rules, the director may declare a ticket in game number eighteen to be void if it is stolen, unissued, not sold or deemed not sold in accordance with commission rules; if it is illegible, mutilated, altered, counterfeit, misregistered, reconstituted, miscut, defective, printed or produced in error, or incomplete; if other than exactly one playing card symbol appears in any or all of the six locations on the ticket; or if any portion of the "void if removed" number is exposed; or if the ticket fails any of the validation tests or procedures established by the director pursuant hereto. The commission's liability and responsibility for a ticket declared void, if any, is limited to the refund of the price of the ticket.

(J) Director's conduct of game number eighteen.

(1) The director shall conduct game number eighteen in a manner consistent with the Lottery Act, the rules of the commission, including without limitation, this rule 3770:1-7-18 of the Administrative Code, and the regulations of the director. As he deems it necessary or advisable, the director shall adopt management regulations, orders or directives to implement and operate this lottery game. The director shall inform the public of the provisions of this rule, and the procedures established pursuant hereto, which affect the play of game number eighteen.

(2) Names and definitions of elements of game number eighteen used in this rule are to be considered generic terms used solely for the purposes of this rule. In actual operation, game number eighteen and these elements may be given names or titles chosen by the commission.

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Rule promulgated under: RC Chapter 119.
Rule authorized by: RC 3770.03
Rule amplifies: RC 3770.01 to 3770.08