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Ohio 529 Plan Announces 30th Anniversary Winners


Congratulations To Our 30th Anniversary College Saving Award Winners

Established Oct. 2, 1989, Ohio Tuition Trust Authority (OTTA) was originally created with the express purpose of helping middle-income families save for college. OTTA is the state agency that is the program administrator and sponsor of Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage.

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, Ohio’s 529 Plan set out to support families who want to save for their children’s higher education. So we gave away 30 college savings awards. One grand-prize winner received a $3,000 CollegeAdvantage Direct 529 College Savings Award with twenty-nine (29) runners-up who will each receive a $529 CollegeAdvantage Direct Savings Award. Each college savings award can be used to add to an Ohio Direct 529 Plan or to open an Ohio Direct 529 Plan.

There were over 98,000 giveaway entries, our largest sweepstakes response ever! All winners were randomly selected.

And the winners* are:

Grand prize winner

Tracy Baird, Lima, Ohio


Laury Arkus, Cincinnati, Ohio

Debbie Scruggs, Algonac, Michigan

Carol Rosten, Kenmore, New York

Scott Spiek, Flower Mound, Texas

Brian Stier, Westerville, Ohio

Stephen Reichel, Miamisburg, Ohio

Cheryl Kleman, Fort Jennings, Ohio

Bob Lemeshka, Acworth, Georgia

Amanda Moss, Youngstown, Ohio

Reginald Elvenia, Hilo, Hawaii

Catherine Larsen, Strongsville, Ohio

Olivia Crimaldi, Avon Lake, Ohio

Joyce Griffith, Hudson, Ohio

Jeffrey Lammers, Bowling Green, Ohio

Mike McAninch, Loveland, Ohio

Camille Weir, Bettendorf, Iowa

Jeffrey Price, Columbus, Ohio

Shelley Bailey, Cincinnati, Ohio

Paul Bender, Massillon, Ohio

Jessica McFarlin, Elgin, Illinois

Eron Richmond, San Antonio, Texas

Nathan Spenser, Morgantown, West Virginia

Justin Johnson, Wilsonville, Oregon

Brenda Waters, Taylorville, North Carolina

Dianne Bowers, Odessa, Texas

Bob Carscadden, Chester, New Hampshire

Lisa Lodter, Simi Valley, California

Gaillynn Bardon, Springboro, Ohio

Donna Raymond, Ithaca, New York

Congratulations to all our winners! Thank you to everyone who participated. Would you like to win a college savings award for your own CollegeAdvantage Direct 529 Plan? Sign up for email newsletter or visit our blog page for announcements of future giveaways. lf you'd like to learn more about Ohio’s tax-free 529 Plan, explore The Plan That Can.

*Subject to change

Posted on June 25, 2020

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