Thanks to Senator Ron Mottl who started a campaign to begin lottery in Ohio in 1973. Finally, in 1973, voters approved Ohio Lottery Commission and hence it began. Lottery profits are solely transferred to education. Pick 3 started on December 3, 1979, and is contributing to generating education supplement revenues since then. It was the first-ever lottery game in Ohio where players could choose their desired numbers. On August 16, 1999, Pick 3 expanded to twice-daily draws.