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The Missouri Lottery

Gambling Games at Golden CasinoThe Missouri lottery was approved on November 6th, 1984, when 70 percent of voters passed Amendment 5, repealing a section of the state’s constitution which had prohibited a lottery. At that time, Missouri became the 23rd state to have the lottery.

Throughout the state, over 5,000 retailers are licensed to sell Missouri lottery products. To take part, however, a customer must be at least 18 years of age.

The typical Missouri lottery player is between the ages of 25 and 54 and has an income of between $25,000 and $40,000. The average player is a high school graduate, employed and married.

Benefits of the Missouri State Lottery

Out of every dollar spent on the Missouri lottery, 27.1 cents benefit Missouri’s educational programs. In fact, the lottery has generated over $3 billion for the state’s public education system since it began in 1986. In fiscal year 2007 alone, more than $259 million went towards education.

The funds help support such programs as early childhood special education, computer networking, construction of college buildings, library acquisition and scholarships.

Claiming Missouri Lottery Prizes

Once you win, you have 180 days to claim your prize (each scratch-off ticket has an end date printed on the card). Pull tabs must be turned in on the same day that they were purchased (and to the retail location where they were purchased).

Claims up to $600 may be redeemed at the retailer. Prizes greater than $601 can be claimed at any lottery office. Prizes greater than $25,000 will take two weeks to process.

Missouri Lottery Games

Now it’s time to briefly review all of the wonderful games available from the Missouri state lottery. Remember, these games can be obtained at any of the 5,000 retailers located throughout the state, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try.

Powerball in Missouri

A multi-state game which offers players nine ways to win cash prizes, Powerball has a jackpot which starts at $15 million. Besides the jackpot, lesser prizes of $200,000 and $10,000 are also offered.

To play the game, you must select five different numbers ranging from 1 to 55 on your playslip. You also choose a Powerball number from 1 to 42. $1 will get you one play. As you might imagine, the more numbers you match, the greater your winnings will be.

Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 pm CST.

Missouri Lotto

Like Powerball, Lotto players will be asked to select six numbers and mark them on a playslip. The jackpot prize (won by correctly predicting all numbers) starts at $1 million and continues to increase until there is a winner. Then it drops back down to $1 million and starts all over again. In addition, there are also three other ways to win cash.

$1 will get you two plays, and drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:45 pm CST. The average jackpot amount won is $3.4 million dollars, and the average number of winners per drawing is 17,861.

Show Me 5 Paydown

This game offers four ways to win, with the top prize being $50,000 tax free. If the top prize isn’t won, the lower cash prizes increase in value (for example, a $250 win would become $750).

To play, you must select five numbers from 1 to 44. The cost for one play is $1. Drawings are held daily at 12:45 pm and 6:45 pm CST, and the average number of daily winners are 5,440.

Pick 4

For a wager of $0.50 or $1, you can have a chance to win from $30 to $6,000. To play, select four numbers from 0 to 9 and mark them on your playslip. Daily drawings are held at 12:45 pm and 6:45 pm CST. An average of 130 players win each drawing. There are several ways to play your numbers:

1. Straight - Your numbers must match in the exact order drawn.
2. Box - Your numbers can match in any order.
3. Straight/Box - Numbers can match in any order or exact order.
4. Front Pair - Match the first two digits in exact order.
5. Back Pair - Match the last two digits in exact order.
6. Front Three - Match the first three digits in exact order.
7. Back Three - Match the last three numbers in exact order.
8. Combo - The player is given all possible four-number combinations of the chosen numbers.

Pick 3

Win up to $600 by selecting three numbers from 0 to 9. Drawings are held each day at 12:45 pm and 6:45 pm CST. You can play for $0.50 or $1. Prizes for $0.50 wagers are half that of $1 wagers.

There are a number of betting options available. For examples, see the Pick Four entry.

Club Keno in Missouri

In this fast-paced game, 20 winning numbers are drawn every five minutes. The grand prize is $100,000. To play, choose how many numbers you want to play (from 1 to 10). Then select that many numbers from a pool ranging from 1 to 80. Every five minutes, 20 numbers will be drawn. The more numbers you match, the more money you win (you can also win by not matching any numbers).

There are 3 ways to play the game. They are:

1. Multiplier - This option will multiply your prizes by up to 10 times the base amount. You can win up to $1 million with this option.
2. Bulls-Eye - This option is more difficult, but it features larger prizes and additional chances to win.
3. Progressive - In addition to the regular jackpot, you can also play 6, 7 or 8 numbers and have a chance at the rolling jackpot.

Missouri Lottery Scratchers

These are the tickets which you buy at the local convenience store and scratch off with your fingernail or a dime. Missouri has created over 600 different designs, often with themes like sports, holidays, money and bingo. Prizes range from free tickets to $1,000,000 to cars and vacations. A few of the most popular scratchers include:

Deal or No Deal costs $5 and has a top prize of $100,000.
Fistful of Dollars costs $1 and has a top payout of $5,000.
KC Royals costs $5 and offers a top prize of $100,000.
$250,000 Mega Cash costs $10 and has a top prize of $250,000.
Triple Dough costs $2 and has a $30,000 jackpot.

Missouri Pull Tabs - Missouri Pull Tab Machines

Missouri has created over 100 pull-tab games with prizes ranging from 25 cents to $1,000. To play, simply buy a ticket and pull open the tabs to see if you’ve won. These tickets are also known as “pickles” or “break-opens.”

Some of the more popular games include:

Bring Home the Bacon costs $0.50 and has a top prize of $100.
Stars and Stripes costs $0.25 and has a top prize of $35.
Hot and Spicy costs $0.50 to play and offers a $90 top prize.
Spare Change costs $0.25 and has a top prize of $35.
Wild Ride costs $1 and has a $150 top prize.

Missouri Lottery Contact Information

For more information, you can contact one of the following:

St. Louis Regional Office
Phone: (314) 340-5800
Winning Numbers Hotline: (314) 340-5805

Springfield Regional Office
Phone: (417) 888-4227
Winning Numbers Hotline: (417) 888-4271

Or, you can visit the Missouri lottery website at

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