By now, you’ve noticed the complete overhaul of our name, our look, and our app. Curious why we made the big change? Here are five reasons why we rebranded to Lottery.com:
1. We Are A One-Stop Shop For All Things Lottery
At Lottery.com, we know that we are more than just an app; we are a lottery platform and industry leader in the lottery space. Lottery.com is the ultimate destination for all things lottery: we provide instant ticket results, jackpot sizes, the latest lottery news, and allow users in our active states to play the Powerball right from their phone. Lottery.com is more aligned with our greater mission, not just our app functionality.
2. Instant Name Recognition, Worldwide
The first point brings us to our second point: it only makes sense for our name to reflect what we do and the services we provide. Lottery.com is an instantly recognizable name that we are working to take worldwide. Our new name and look allows for better brand recognition. Now we can finally squash any confusion about our company and the automotive industry!
3. Big Money, Big Hype
Our brand refresh came just in time for the second largest Powerball jackpot of all time: $758.7 million! In an even more exciting twist, it was the largest jackpot to be won by a single winner, Ms. Mavis Wanczyk. It was, and continues to be, an incredibly exciting time to play the lottery, especially now that Mega Millions has upped their minimum jackpots to double those of the past. Simply put, the lottery is having a moment, and we are thrilled to be part of it.
4. A New Name Starts New Conversations
A rebrand brings attention, and that’s a good thing. For one, it allows us to have fresh conversations about our brand and the industry as a whole. Specifically, we can use our platform to start more conversations about the value of the lottery as a tool for social good. Playing the lottery doesn’t just benefit the winners, it benefits the states where tickets are purchased. Lottery funding goes toward supporting various initiatives, state by state, including education, the Healthy Families Program, environmental protection programs, and more.
5. Change Is A Good Thing
Why fix what isn’t broken? For the same reason that successful people continue to push themselves, change, and move forward in a completely different direction than that which made them a big deal in the first place. Ultimately, staying the same equates to staying stagnant. In the same vein as Jeff Bezos, who didn’t want to stick to selling only books, or movie stars who’ve gone on to become politicians or best-selling authors, continuing to push forward is necessary to survive and flourish.
Many hopeful lottery players think they would use their Powerball millions to do some good and donate lottery winnings in their state or community. Homeless shelters, community service, youth challenge programs, your local community food bank—there are plenty of worthy causes that could use your help. These six lottery winners actually put their money where their mouth is and made contributions that changed lives.
1) Colin and Chris Weir Spread Out Their Lottery Wealth
The Weirs are a British couple that won 161 million pounds, or approximately $251 million USD, through the lottery. Instead of hoarding their wealth, they chose to donate lottery winnings and used their money to help people. Among the people they helped was a young teen who lost his leg to cancer. They bought him a lighter prosthetic limb, which allowed him to go back to his active lifestyle. The Weirs also funded quality training for an up-and-coming Scottish tennis player who couldn’t afford it for himself.
2) Tom Crist Fights Cancer with $40 Million Win
Tom Crist, a Canadian lottery winner, gave away the $40 million he won to charities that fight cancer. Crist lost his wife to cancer, so both he and his children were happy to support the cause. “I don’t really need that money,” Crist noted, opting to place the money in a trust that will distribute it to charities chosen by him and his grown children.
3) $30,000 in a Church Collection Plate
Imagine the surprise of the pastor of the struggling Baltimore parish that received a winning $30,000 lottery ticket in the weekly collection plate. The funds paid expenses for the church and helped community members in need. The pastor decided to save $5 of the winnings to buy a Mega Millions ticket, in hopes that the winnings could go even further. The donor remains anonymous to this day!
4) Mark Hill, $136.5 million “Down the Drain”
Mark Hill certainly didn’t waste his record-breaking $136.5 million lottery win, but the money literally went “down the drain.” Instead of buying a fancy new sports car, he and his wife wanted to give back to their community by buying a desperately needed waste treatment plant. On top of that, the money will also be used for a fire hall and a ball field.
5) Les Robins’ Camp Legacy
Les Robins won a $111 million Powerball jackpot in 1993. He used the money to found a camp for local Wisconsin children, called Camp Winnegator, after buying the 226-acre plot of land that houses the camp.
6) Rhonda Meath, a Waitress with a Big Heart
Rhonda Meath won the $11.7 million Hot Lotto Jackpot in 2014. Instead of retiring early, she opted to keep her job, which she loves, and use her winnings for charity instead. The money went to helping many different people, including her own children. She also made a substantial donation to the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation.
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Last year, Arizona’s Healthy Families Program received almost $6,000,000 from the state lottery. Do you know what this program is or what it does for new families in Arizona? A lot of people don’t, but it’s a vital service that helps thousands each year.
Whether you’re just hearing of the program for the first time, or have someone in mind who might need help, here’s the rundown:
Arizona’s Healthy Families Program (HFAz)
Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz) is a voluntary program that helps new and expecting parents build a nurturing and productive home life. The program is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect, by providing stability, support, and education to at-risk families.
HFAz strengthens family routine and bonding during the critical early years of a child’s life, when memories and behaviors will affect a lifetime of growth and development. Services include home visits from professionals and referrals from trained staff, with frequency and duration determined on a case-by-case basis.
Through its efforts to support and educate families, the program has reduced child abuse and neglect, provided stability for at-risk families, and helped establish a new generation of healthy families in the state. There are 11 official HFAz programs across 40 sites in 13 Arizonian Counties, and in 2015 alone they assisted over 4,900 families. The results say it all: 96% of participating families have shown no signs of child abuse or neglect.
What Does HFAz Offer?
The HFAz program offers many services to new and struggling families. Here are a few examples:
- Providing emotional support and encouragement for new parents
- Teaching appropriate child interaction and effective disciplinary techniques
- Assessing child development
- Linking struggling families with appropriate community services, child care, housing services, and health care
- Encouraging education and proper employment of parents
- Educating parents about proper childhood nutrition, development, and safety
- Screening for substance abuse as deemed necessary
- Supporting working mothers in their return to work
Who Is “At Risk”?
HFAz reaches out to families who may be disadvantaged according to a nuanced list of potential stressors. Such stressors include, but are not limited to:
- Poverty and unemployment
- Lack of education
- Lack of health care or health insurance
- Evidence of lack of prenatal care, including low birth weight
- Life stressors like single or teen pregnancies
- Disabilities or special developmental needs
- History of abuse in one or both parents’ past
- Social isolation or a lack of social support system
- Substance abuse
- Domestic violence
- Mental health concerns
To create a promising future, HFAz, with support from the Arizona Lottery, provides families with the extra help and care that they need to succeed.
New families are the building blocks for a healthy, happy future society. We need to provide for new families and their kids in order to help shape the next generation of workers, activists, caregivers, and members of the community.
Help support this and other great initiatives by playing the lottery! With the Lottery.com app, it’s easier than ever to do.
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The Minnesota Lottery contributes millions of dollars to great initiatives across the state, encouraging social and environmental projects that benefit many communities and protect vital resources and wildlife. The money from the Minnesota lottery is divided into various funding pools that can then be distributed to a variety of worthy causes and projects, from educational services to programs that enhance responsible fishing and hunting in the area.
Funding from the Minnesota Lottery is divided up into four camps: the General Fund, the Natural Resources Fund, the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and the Game and Fish Fund. We’ve broken down exactly how each of these funds is used to contribute to projects throughout the state:
The Minnesota Lottery contributes 13.7% of its earnings to the General Fund. In the 2015 fiscal year, that was about $73.3 million. The General Fund does a bit of everything: most programs headed by the State of Minnesota get their budgets from the General Fund.
Educational programs are one of the top recipients. The majority of educational spending (41%) from the General Fund goes to K–12 education, although some (7%) is passed to post-secondary programs and services. Also benefiting from this fund are health and human services programs; property tax aids and credits; economic development; transportation; and criminal justice, among others.
Natural Resources Fund
About 2.4% of Minnesota’s lottery money goes into the Natural Resources Fund. Nearly half of this funding (45%) is spent on state parks and trails, and a similar amount goes to parks and trails in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Other projects that receive a portion of this money are the Duluth, Como, and Apple Valley zoos. Lottery funding goes a long way to ensuring that rare and endangered species maintain a safe and healthy life in the conservatory.
Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund
About 6 cents from every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes to the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund. In the 2015 fiscal year, this was around $34.5 million. Since the Fund was initiated in 1991, it has provided about $360 million to over 800 different state projects.
The money from this fund contributes to the operations of a variety of state and local trails and parks, the enhancement of fishing and hunting programs, and more. An example of this funding at work is the maintenance and expansion of Brown’s Creek Trail, which stretches across a former railroad grade, follows the scenic Brown’s Creek waterway, and is surrounded by lush broadleaf forest.
Game and Fish Fund
In the 2015 fiscal year, the Minnesota Lottery contributed $12.8 million to the Game and Fish Fund. This fund supports responsible and safe hunting and fishing in the area. The Fund may be used for any project that enhances or protects fish and wildlife, including conservation and restoration of land and water resources. Projects like the Trout Stream Assessment benefit from this funding. It works to monitor and record the health of trout streams in the area.
These State Funds all benefit from lottery funding. So next time you buy a lottery ticket you can be proud that you are also supporting your local walking trails, zoos, wild fish, schools, and more! Everyone in Minnesota benefits from lottery dollars, even if they aren’t the ones winning the jackpot.
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We’ve done the work for you to determine what sort of contribution you could make to four great charitable projects if you won the jackpot. Here’s a breakdown of how far $1 million dollars could go to benefit the global community.
4,166 Cleft Palate Surgeries with Operation Smile
Through Operation Smile, a donation of $240 can help to provide surgery for a child born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. This low fee is made possible by the thousands of doctors who volunteer their time, energy, and skills for this worthy cause.
Medical costs vary depending on the complication of each individual case. Assuming the minimum of a $240 operation cost per case, you could help 4,166 children afflicted with this condition. That’s no small feat!
16,666 Glasses with New Eyes for the Needy
New Eyes for the Needy provides disadvantaged children and adults with desperately needed affordable or free prescription eyewear. This charity donates eyeglasses to in-need families in the United States as well as developing nations around the world. Since 1932, New Eyes for the Needy has helped improve the vision of over 8,000,000 people around the world.
The average cost for a pair of glasses through New Eyes is only $60. This means that a lottery winning of $1 million could buy 16,666 pairs of glasses for those less fortunate. It’s not hard to see the benefits of this worthy cause.
Donate 10,000 goats and 20,000 chickens
World Vision offers plenty of options for donating livestock, like chickens and goats, to impoverished families in developing nations. Their Animals & Agriculture program allows donors to choose the livestock they wish to “donate” but for $100 you can give a goat and two chickens, which it a pretty good deal.
At the cost of $100 for one goat and two chicks or chickens, a $1 million dollar donation would provide 10,000 goats and 20,000 chickens for families in third world countries. That’s a whopping 30,000 animals gifted to struggling families around the world!
Protect 100,000 Acres of Rainforest
The Rainforest Trust works with donors and volunteers to protect a vital natural habitat: the rainforest. As we all know, rainforests are home to a diverse array of animal and plant species that depend on them for survival. They also provide us oxygen by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Needless to say, rainforests are important for the future of many species on this planet—including our own. For a donation of only $10, you can protect 1 acre of rainforest land from logging and development. If you had $1 million in winnings to spend, that equates to 100,000 acres of rainforest. We’re sure the tree frogs and howler monkeys would thank you if they could.
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You may not have known that some state lotteries provide support to veterans in the community. For example, lotteries in Texas and Pennsylvania partially fund services and programs for veterans, many of whom suffer from injuries, mental health issues, and even homelessness. Let’s take a closer look at which state lotteries are involved and how your lottery ticket can help those who fought for our country.
Ticket Sales Support Veterans
Texas: In 2009, the Texas Lottery began offering a scratch ticket game that donates proceeds to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA). Since then, the FVA has received more than $68 million from lottery contributions. More Texas lottery games that support veterans have launched, including Pitbull, Triple the Money, Wild 7’s Doubler, and Money Bags. Keep an eye out for these tickets at your local retailer.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Lottery helps fund services that assist senior citizens, which include veterans and their families. With the help of players, the lottery has provided more than $25 billion to senior services.
Illinois: The Illinois Lottery Veterans Cash contributes all proceeds to the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund. The proceeds are awarded as grants for different groups that help veterans with employment, disability benefits, health insurance, and more.
Oregon: As of 2016, Oregon is looking to dedicate 1.5% of lottery revenue to veteran programs. This is a part of Measure 96, and will help support employment, education, housing, and physical/mental health care for veterans.
Lottery-Funded Veteran Services and Programs
Claims Representation and Legal Counseling
Veterans often face challenges that require legal advice or counseling, including employment and disability rights. These services can be costly, difficult to access, or just not be specialized to the needs of veterans. Lottery funding can be used to provide specialized, accessible, and affordable representation for veterans.
Many veterans want and are able to work but circumstances or disabilities can hinder job preparation, training, and searching. Employment services, funded by lottery grants, help to match business owners and management with qualified veteran workers. This service offers value to both the veterans, who gain a steady income, as well as the employers, who benefit from the experience, enthusiasm, and skills that veterans bring to the company.
Besides traditional job training, education also involves providing resources for assistant services and helping veterans learn about their rights. No one deserves to be left behind by the system, so lottery-funded programs are offered online, by phone, and in-person to educate veteran citizens about the options available to them, no matter the situation.
The Veteran Crisis Line helps veterans and their families deal with mental health concerns, such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Qualified responders are available via hotline, online chat, or text (great for the hearing-impaired).
Some state lotteries work to provide veterans with accessible and affordable services to meet their quality of life needs. Hopefully, more states follow these inspiring examples.
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While playing the lottery is an adult-only activity, funding from the Minnesota Lottery reaches all ages. Here are just a few family-friendly places and activities that have benefitted from lottery funding:
Apple Valley Zoo
Did you know that the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, as well as other Minnesota-based zoos, receive funding from the lottery? That means that fun, family-oriented programming, like the Family Overnight: Animals After Dark events, may benefit from this funding. If you’re looking for a unique, exciting adventure at the Apple Valley Zoo, the Family Overnight program shows you what goes on at the zoo after the sun goes down.
There are farm-, forest-, and ocean-themed overnighters, where kids and parents can speak with a zookeeper, meet some of the animals, and spend time learning and playing games. The cost of registration includes activities as well as pizza and juice in the evening, breakfast in the morning, and a t-shirt. It’s suitable for kids ages 5 and up.
Minnesota Junior Master Naturalist Program
The Minnesota Junior Master Naturalist Program seeks to rekindle children’s curiosity about the outdoors. This program teaches kids and families about the environment, science, and the world around them with an exciting, hands-on approach. The University of Minnesota, with assistance from lottery funding, is broadening its offering of after-school programs, including outdoorsy, science-based activities and projects. The program has a special focus on economically struggling areas, and also offers a curriculum for teachers and parents with kids and families in mind.
The Mesabi Trail in northeastern Minnesota provides pathways for hiking, biking, horseback rides, and more. While there is currently plenty of trail to enjoy, over 11 miles of added track is under construction near Vermillion State Park. Minnesota Lottery funding is helping Mesabi Trail grow to a total length of over 145 miles. The trail is family-friendly, so you can take your kids for a long bike ride or hike on a sunny weekend. Be sure to pack lots of water and some snacks, too.
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
The Como Woodland used to be an unruly segment of forest considered undesirable to visit due to overgrown vegetation. However, with the help of Minnesota Lottery funding, the area has now been cleaned up. This green space has been converted, in part, to the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.
This once-wild stretch of natural land now provides seven unique “study areas” for students and children: Oak Woodland, Oak Savannah, Terrace Forest, Tall Grass Prairie, Short Grass Prairie, Transitional Woodland, and Coniferous Forest. Each designated learning area has space for 20–25 students. Not only does the Woodland provide hiking and biking paths for families, but it offers space for hands-on environmental learning.
These four spots are made possible, in part, by funding from the Minnesota Lottery. You can feel good knowing that part of every dollar you spend on lottery games in Minnesota provides families with recreational and educational experiences in and near their communities.
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Winning the lottery not only means that you can treat yourself to a few dream gifts and vacations, but also that you can make a real difference in your community or neighborhood. Why not transfer some of that goodwill to those in need around you? It will make you feel great and allow you to leave a legacy that you can be proud of.
Donate to Your Favorite Charity
This one may seem obvious, but why not? If you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart, give a worthwhile charity in that area of interest a financial boost. Whether you are interested in helping to end poverty, supporting victims of abuse, rescuing animals, providing clean drinking water to developing nations or anything else you can imagine, there is a charity out there that addresses your cause and could use your help. There’s no better way to spend your future lottery winnings than giving to those in need.
Build a New Library or Park
Is there a park or library at your children’s school, in your neighborhood or in another community that desperately needs a hand? No matter which location you choose, a new family-oriented space for learning and play is a wonderful, selfless investment. You could even name a bench or memorial in honor of a loved one at your new location.
Invest in Your Children’s College Fund
Let your children or grandchildren chase their dreams of education and a good career without the crushing student debt that can come with attending a well-respected college. What better way to selflessly spend your lottery winnings than investing in the future of your family? If you don’t have children or grandchildren, consider helping out aspiring students in your life—such as the relatives of your friends.
Create a New Scholarship
If you’d like to support many different students in your community, use your lottery winnings to establish a scholarship. You can pick the criteria, whether you want to help students with financial need or those who benefit their community by participating in volunteer opportunities around town or taking on leadership roles in the classroom. Helping a hardworking student achieve their post-secondary dreams is a selfless cause that puts your lottery dollars to work in the right way.
Send Your Parents on a Dream Vacation
Want a way to give back to the people who raised and loved you, even when the going got tough? Send ma and pa on a dream vacation of their choosing to thank them for all their love and support throughout the years. You’ll feel good giving back to the people that were always there for you, and there’s nothing that says “thank you” like an all-expenses-paid trip across Europe. If they’re not around to enjoy it, why not send your kids and their families?
Fund a Meaningful Project on Kickstarter
Kickstarter is a place where people with big ideas go to try and fund their dreams. You could back a charity project, an important educational documentary on a subject you are passionate about or just an idea you think is fun. No matter what you choose, these hardworking creators will appreciate your investment. Just think how good it will feel to help creative and innovative thinkers bring their visions to life. You could even surprise a few little-known projects by fully funding their ideas.
When you get your hands on your future lottery winnings, you will probably want to give back some of the good fortune you have been given. These selfless ways to spend your lottery winnings are a great way to pay it back to the community and family that supported you.
If you’re looking for a safer, more secure way to play Mega Millions or Powerball, use the Lottery.com app on your mobile device!
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Did you know that a broken baseball bat could plant a tree? And it isn’t the only way the lottery has made the news in some fun and interesting ways. Here are our top four favorite times the lottery made headlines in Arizona:
#4 – Arizona Diamondbacks Partnered with the Lottery to Plant Trees for Every Broken Bat
The MLB Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Lottery promised to plant a tree for every opponent’s bat broken by a D-Back pitcher. Due to this promise, the “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree” initiative is a fun way to promote all the good the Arizona Lottery is doing for the community. Judd Norris, the Diamondbacks’ vice president of corporate sponsorship, says that they “want people to know that money generated from Arizona Lottery promotions is used for good causes in the community.” Not only is this great for the Arizona community, it adds an extra element of excitement to every Diamondbacks game.
#3 – Two-Time Lottery Winners in Arizona
Diane and Kerry Carmichael defied the odds when they won big in the Arizona State Lottery not once but twice! The couple has been playing the lottery together every week since 1984. They have used their winnings modestly to pay off some debt, take a few vacations, and make wise investments. What have they taken away from their experiences? Kerry says it’s that expressing gratitude is crucial. Because of their freakishly good luck, together their major winnings total $3.5 million. They won $2.5 million in the Pick jackpot in 1995, and then $1 million in a second-place Powerball right before their annual payout for the first winning was coming to an end.
#2 – Arizona Lottery Winner Caught on Tape
In November 2012, an Arizona man was caught celebrating on a convenience store surveillance tape after noticing that his lottery ticket matched the second place winning numbers. On the security camera footage, the lucky lottery winner is seen conferring with the store clerk and multiple other customers to ensure he did, in fact, have a winning ticket. All present agreed that the ticket was a winner in Arizona. The men left the convenience store with a final, emphatic “I won!” When all was said and done, his winning ticket would net him a cash payout of $192.5 million. Which was so exciting that he reportedly almost forgot to purchase the gas that he was in the convenience store to buy in the first place. Can you blame him?
#1 – 101-Year-Old Arizona Woman Wins $50,000 Jackpot
At 101 years old, Lily Camacho won a grand prize of $50,000 from an Arizona Money Tree scratch ticket in December of 2014. The winnings came just in time to go Christmas shopping for her 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. Her son, Eusebio Camacho, bought her the winning ticket that day, as both of them occasionally play the lottery together. As a result of the news, Karen Bach, director of budget, products, and communications for the Arizona Lottery, noted that, “At 101 years old, she is one of the oldest Arizona Lottery winners we have had the pleasure of meeting.” These are just a few of our favorite stories to date. The Arizona Lottery will no doubt continue to make exciting news headlines, and we can’t wait to see what comes next! Photo: Sam Wheeler
The Ohio lottery does more than give its players a chance to win big—it gives kids and teens the chance at a better education
Ohio Lottery: Partners in Education
The Ohio lottery, by law, must give all of its profits to education. The Ohio Department of Education receives the funding and is responsible for distributing the money across the state in support of various initiatives. Here are just a few ways the Ohio state lottery benefits educational programs.
Lottery Profits Education Fund
In 2015 alone, the Ohio state lottery made $1 billion in payments to education. This accounted for about 10% of the total annual education budget. As a matter of fact, the lottery has been providing funding for education since its inception in 1974. The amount grew in 1987, when the Ohio Constitution established the Lottery Profits Education Fund. Since then, all of the profits made from the Ohio lottery, after expenses and operating costs, go into education. As a result, this fund is used exclusively towards Ohio elementary, secondary, vocational, and special education programs.
Academic All Stars Program
In order to recognize students’ outstanding personal and educational achievements, the Ohio lottery helps to fund the Academic All Stars program. Each month, a recipient in nine different Ohio areas is awarded the prize. Students may be nominated if they have demonstrated excellent grades and school performance, classroom leadership, and community involvement. Do you know an Ohio student who fits this description? If so, you can nominate them for the program here.
Teacher of the Month Program
The Teacher of the Month program rewards K–12 teachers who demonstrate creativity, passion, leadership, and involvement in their classroom. With the assistance of the Ohio lottery, this program is dedicated to making sure excellent teachers are recognized for their contributions. So, if you know an Ohio teacher who deserves this honor, you can nominate him or her here.
School of the Year
By taking advantage of the Academic All-Stars and Teacher of the Month programs, any school can also be eligible for the School of the Year draw. Also, it doesn’t take much! Even a single nomination in either category will give your school a chance to enter. A School of the Year presentation in late August kicks off each scholastic year. Invitations are sent to various local and state dignitaries, as well as Partners in Education sponsors. These include teams like the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Lake Erie Monsters. It’s a great way to bring some attention to your school and all the things you have achieved. The School of the Year is given a commemorative trophy, recognition on the Ohio Lottery website, and merchandise from their program and its sponsors.
Ohio Lottery: Giving Back
In conclusion, the Ohio Lottery is proud to benefit educational programs across the state and looks forward to giving back to the community. Remember, if you know an Ohio student or teacher who deserves recognition, nominate them today. Photo: wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.com