Photo Contest

Details   |   Rules   |   Print Entry Form   |   Submit Entry Online

Official Promotion Rules

Entry Period Begins Entry Deadline Winners Announced
March 31, 2017 Aug. 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. Fall 2017


  1. Only photographs incorporating the following theme will be considered: “Show Me State Parks.” The photos that best capture this theme (while following the official rules) will be entered for a chance to appear in the 2018 calendar.

  1. Photos submitted must be original by the submitting photographer and must be taken at a Missouri state park or historic site.

  1. Photographs and entry forms may be entered into the contest through the Lottery's Facebook page, website, in person at a Lottery office, or by mail (see rule no. 6). Entrants whose photos are collected through Twitter will be notified to submit an entry form if their photo is selected as a winner (see rule no. 7).

  1. Each photograph selected for the calendar must be accompanied by a contest entry form that includes the photographer's complete name, home address, date of birth, email address, daytime phone number and description of submitted photo. Contest entry forms with address stamps or stickers are acceptable, but the entry form must still contain all necessary information. The entry form MUST be signed and dated. Incomplete or illegible entries may be disqualified.

  1. Description of photo must include the name of the Missouri state park in the photograph.

  1. Photographs and accompanying contest entry forms entered through the Lottery's Facebook page, Twitter or website must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31 (*This deadline has been extended from the original June 20 deadline). Mailed-in or dropped-off entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. Entries can be mailed to the address below. Entries can also be dropped off at Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City or any of the Missouri Lottery regional offices in St. Louis, Kansas City or Springfield. The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for photographs and contest entry forms received after the deadline or mailed to any address other than the address listed below.

    Mailing address:
    “Show Me State Parks” Photo Contest
    Missouri Lottery
    P.O. Box 1603
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603

  1. Entries from Twitter will be accepted only if they include both the #ShowMeStateParks and #MOLotteryCalendar hashtags. Photographers of winning entries submitted through Twitter will be contacted to submit an entry form. These individuals will have two weeks from the day they are notified to furnish their entry form before being disqualified.

  1. Multiple entries are allowed, but each photo must be accompanied by a separate contest entry form.

  1. All photographs submitted that meet the photo guidelines and official rules will be considered. Up to 13 photographs may be selected as winners – one for each month, plus a cover photo. All First-Prize published photo contest winners (for the months of January through December) will receive $100 worth of Missouri Lottery Scratchers, a photo credit in the 2018 calendar and a copy of the 2018 calendar. The Grand-Prize photo winner (calendar cover) will receive $500 cash and photo credit in the 2018 calendar and a copy of the 2018 calendar. The Missouri Lottery has the right to award less than 13 prizes in this calendar contest.

  1. Printed photos damaged in any way will not be accepted. Prints cannot be stapled or folded. Tape cannot be attached to the front of the photo. Neither the back nor the front of the print can contain writing. Camera-imprinted data such as date, time, etc., cannot appear on the front of a print. Printed photos must be accompanied with digital versions on a CD or DVD.

  1. Only original color 35mm-format photos are acceptable. Photos with at least 300 dpi are preferred, but not mandatory. Prints can be standard snapshot size (3˝” x 5”) or larger. All photos must be in sharp focus. All digitally submitted photos must be uploaded with the highest available photo quality option.

  1. All photos must be in a horizontal format. Vertically-formatted photographs are ineligible.

  1. People shown in photographs must be completely unrecognizable. Final determination of eligibility will be determined by the Missouri Lottery.

  1. The photos entered in this contest become the property of the Missouri Lottery and will not be returned to the photographer. The Missouri Lottery will have the right, without further compensation (other than the prize advertised) or notification, to use the photos in any Lottery publication, Scratchers game, media (all forms), promotion or website.

  1. The Missouri Lottery reserves the right to publish or not to publish all or any portion of the photographs in any Lottery website, publication, game, media (all forms) or promotion without compensation.

  1. The Missouri Lottery reserves the right to publish winners' names, hometowns and/or photographs for publicity purposes without any claim for broadcasting, Internet (to include social media), print, other rights or further compensation.

  1. The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, altered, illegible or postage-due contest entries.

  1. Entries are acceptable from anyone 18 years of age or older. Missouri Lottery employees are exempt from this contest. Winners will be required to furnish proof of age. Members of the Lottery's Self-Exclusion Program (SEP) are exempt from this contest.

  1. An entrant may enter more than one photograph and may win more than one prize in this contest, but no more than two prizes.

  1. Any additional local, state, federal or other taxes, expenses or surcharges associated with the prizes not mentioned in these rules are the responsibility of the winner.

  1. Prize winners will be notified of their prize via mail once the final determination has been made. Finalists may be contacted via phone, email or postal mail prior to final prize notification to confirm the information and spelling of the photographer and location information in the photo for publishing purposes.

  1. Prizes will be mailed to the winners at the address provided on the completed contest entry forms.

  1. Each person entering this promotion agrees by the act of participation to be bound by these rules and procedures, statutes, administrative rules and procedures of the Missouri Lottery.

  1. The Missouri Lottery cannot mail scratchers tickets out of state; therefore, if the winner lives out of state, he or she must make arrangements to collect their prize at the closest regional office.

  1. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participants agree to a complete release of Facebook.

  1. Participants are providing information to the Missouri Lottery and not to Facebook. See our privacy policy for further information.

  1. These rules may be modified at any time at the sole discretion of the Missouri Lottery.

 |  About Us |  Careers |  Calendar |  Play Responsibly |  Where to Play |  Game Rules

Visit Us On

Players must be 18 years or older to purchase Missouri Lottery tickets.

*In the event of a discrepancy, official winning numbers prevail over any numbers posted on this website.