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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Four Upcoming Bottle Lotteries

The Ohio Division of Liquor has announced four upcoming bottle lotteries with the first beginning Monday, September 28th with the subsequent lotteries following every Monday culminating with the final lottery kicking off October 19th. 

To enter the lotteries, you'll need to provide the following:
  • First and last name
  • Address (Must match address on your Ohio I.D.)
  • Email address
  • Phone number 
  • Ohio Driver’s License Number or Ohio Identification Card Number
  • Date of birth
Lottery 1 - The first bottle lottery begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. This lottery includes: 
  • E.H. Taylor Amaranth, $69.99
  • Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition, $100.00 
  • E.H. Taylor Jr. 18 Year Marriage, $ 69.99
Lottery 2 - The second bottle lottery begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 and runs though 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. This lottery includes: 
  • Old Fitzgerald 9 year, $89.98
  • Old Fitzgerald 15 Year, $149.98
  • Rockhill Farms, $54.99 
Lottery 3 - The third bottle lottery begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. This lottery includes: 
  • Mister Sam, $249.98
  • King of Kentucky, $249.99
  • Old Forester Birthday, $99.99 
Lottery 4 - The fourth and final lottery begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. This lottery includes: 
  • Double Eagle Very Rare, $2,000.00
  • Old Fashioned Copper (O.F.C.), $2,400.98
  • Woodford Reserve Baccarat, $2,127.65

My Take

With the continued presence of the global pandemic, it makes a lot of sense for the State of Ohio to resort to lotteries rather than store releases to limit gatherings of large crowds to help slow down the spread. 

These lotteries include a lot of bottles I have never heard of (Mister Sam, Rockhill Farms, etc.) that carry a solid price tag and goes all the way up to the super-expensive bottles that 99% of people either can't or shouldn't be able to afford. For me, lottery 1 and 2 and definite lotteries I'll enter... lottery 3 is questionable... I need to do some research on Mister Sam... and lottery 4 is a hard no. 

As always, I'll have more analysis as we get closer to the start dates and I'll post reminders once the lotteries start. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

Source: OHLQ


  1. Rock Hill Farms is part of the Buffalo Trace Mashbill #2 single barrel bourbons. This includes Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel, and Blanton’s Single Barrel. The two main differentiators between all of these single barrels are their varying proof along with varying warehouse aging locations.

  2. Also, Mister Sam is a Canadian and American whiskey Blend from Sazerac that is usually around 123 proof.

  3. When are the winners of each published?

    1. Usually takes them about 4-6 weeks to validate and announce the winners

  4. I know the current lotteries are over, but I’m new to this and wanted to know where and how to get registered for future lotteries?

    1. Hi Greg, the State usually has the liquor stores advertise the lotteries as well as their website. I'll also be posting about them as well as reminders when the lottery opens. Glad to have you part of the site.

  5. Thanks Mark. Is there somewhere on OHLQ that I can sign up for them now?

    1. Hi Greg, they are open for sign-up for a defined period of time (usually 7 days). The next lottery should be in December for the Buffalo Trace products (Pappy, etc.).