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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 is a Numbers Game with drawings every four minutes. Traditionally sold in age-controlled environments, the game is now available at any Missouri Lottery retail location as Keno To Go. Prices, prizes, and options vary.
Pick 3 is drawn twice daily, seven days a week. Prices, prizes, and options vary.
Pick 4 is almost identical to Pick 3.
Show Me Cash
Show Me Cash is played daily, drawing 5 numbers from 1 to 39. Games cost $1 each. Jackpots begin at $50,000, increasing by at least $5,000 until there is a 5-of-5 winner.
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 numbers and/or a free $1 play with three numbers. The game's monetary prizes are paid on a pari-mutuel basis.
Beginning November 4, 2012, randomly selected Missouri Lotto tickets will be printed with the word "Doubler". Any money prize (except a jackpot, or jackpot share) won on a Doubler ticket will win 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.
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.
Fun & Fortune
- "Lottery Winner! Groom Gives Bride Ticket of $250K as Early Wedding Gift". National Ledger. July 18, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.