As of 2015, interested persons can get an entry ticket for Ohio's Cash Explosion by getting a successful entry ticket through a $2 Cash Explosion instant scratch ticket. Tickets are purchasable from Ohio Lottery retailers and a successful ticket has three "ENTRY" word listings under its nine scratch surfaces. Valid entry ticket holders can register to appear on the Cash Explosion show by registering online or by sending their valid entry ticket through the mail.
The Ohio Lottery selects Cash Explosion contestants on a weekly basis and limits it to only eight new contestants. Applicants who send their tickets by mail are required to include a self-addressed postcard with their package to receive a reply. The Ohio Lottery does not require tickets to be validated at a retailer before being used to register. Cash Explosion entry tickets include a back portion that applicants must fill out with their personal information.
Applicants to the Cash Explosion show can check if their application is successful by watching a particular show date or by checking the Future Contestants page on the show's website. This list is updated on the Monday following a scheduled announcement date for new show participants. Cash Explosion is a show managed by the Ohio Lottery.