You can listen to the 90’s Ohio Lottery music in perfect clarity, your life is now complete

The theme music that played behind the live Ohio Lottery drawings from 1987 to 2003 can be listened to in perfect digital clarity.

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Karen Harris announcing winning Ohio Lottery numbers in 1999.

Good news everyone. The theme music that played behind the live Ohio Lottery drawings from 1987 to 2003 can be listened to in perfect digital clarity.

Every weekday, between episodes of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! on Channel 5 WEWS, lotto ticket holders could watch the winning numbers be announced live. As individually-numbered balls blew around clear plastic boxes, with one eventually coming up as the chosen winner, the minute long broadcast was something that every Clevelander saw at least once. And every time the music played behind the segment was always the same, for sixteen years.

The song, titled “Communicators” by studio musician Mark Styles, is your classic 80’s educational film electro-beat earworm. How many of us sat in our living rooms, straining to hear the futuristic beats of Styles over the clatter of ping-pong balls hitting against their plastic prisons? Probably dozens of people!

The internet being the ultimate receptacle of half-remembered things, the song lives on. You can find it on YouTube described as Ohio lottery music, but it’s also still available to purchase from the stock music site Omnimusic, where it’s part of the collection with the very 80’s title of “Future Shock”.

Listen to the whole track for yourself, and if there are any DJ’s out there reading this, let’s work to make this a dance floor staple.