Ohio Lottery may raise top price of instant ticket

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Lottery is considering following in the footsteps of other states that have raised the maximum prices of instant tickets.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/19YSY2c ) in Cleveland reports the Ohio Lottery might increase the top price for instant tickets from $20 to possibly $30.

Director Dennis Berg tells the Ohio Lottery Commission the lottery could increase prizes and improve odds for top-tier games. He says some states have set instant ticket prices as high as $50.

He says he doesn’t think increase would deter lottery players. Scratch-off ticket sales have been slower in the past few months than during the same period last year.

The newspaper also says the lottery is planning a loyalty program with merchandise and free play for repeat customers.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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