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The Lottery began selling tickets January 20, 1986. An executive director oversees the organization and reports to a five-member commission that is appointed by the governor. May Scheve Reardon took over as Missouri Lottery executive director in December, 2009.
In the beginning, Lottery proceeds were directed to Missouri's General Revenue fund. In 1992, voters approved Amendment 11, which earmarked proceeds for public education. All monies since July 1993 have gone to education programs. Proceeds are appropriated by the Legislature.
The Lottery offers Scratchers tickets, plus the online games Missouri Lotto, Club Keno, Pick 3, Pick 4, Show Me Cash, and Powerball. Powerball's former rival, Mega Millions, came to Missouri on January 31, 2010. The $250,000 Scratcher card generated much publicity when unemployed couple Robert Russell and Tracie Rogers won the jackpot in July 2010.
The Lottery's mission: "The Missouri Lottery generates funds to provide educational opportunities for Missouri students, support Missouri businesses and entertain millions."
The minimum age to purchase a Missouri Lottery ticket is 18.
Current in-house games
Club Keno/Keno To Go
Club Keno has drawings every four minutes. Traditionally sold in age-controlled environments (often where alcoholic beverages are served), the game is now available at any Missouri Lottery retailer as Keno To Go. Options and prizes vary.
Pick 3 is drawn twice daily, seven days a week. Prices, options, and prizes vary.
Pick 4 is almost identical to Pick 3, except that a four-digit number is drawn.
Show Me Cash
Show Me Cash is played daily, drawing five numbers from 1 through 39. Games cost $1 each. Jackpots begin at $50,000, increasing by at least $5,000 until there is a game matching all five numbers.
Missouri Lotto is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Six numbers from 1 through 44 are chosen. Players get two games for each $1 wager (games must be played in multiples of two.) The progressive jackpot begins at $1,000,000 (annuitized with a cash option); players win cash by matching at least four of the six numbers in any game. A free $1 play is won by matching three numbers. The game's monetary prizes are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
Beginning November 4, 2012, randomly selected Missouri Lotto tickets are printed with the word "Doubler". Any money prize (except a jackpot, or jackpot share) won on a Doubler ticket wins twice the normal amount; a three-number match wins a $2 free play (four games.)
Current multi-jurisdictional games
Powerball began in 1992. Its jackpots begin $40 million, with drawings on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Main article: Mega Millions On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and MUSL reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Missouri began selling Mega Millions tickets on January 31, 2010.
Mega Millions is drawn Tuesdays and Fridays. Players choose five white balls numbered 1 through 75, and a gold-colored "Mega Ball", numbered 1 through 15. Games are $1, or with Megaplier, $2. Jackpots begin at $15 million; a cash option is available.
Fun & Fortune
- "Lottery Winner! Groom Gives Bride Ticket of $250K as Early Wedding Gift". National Ledger. July 18, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.