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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you claim a prize with family or friends? Why is the cash value of a jackpot about half of what is advertised? Get the answers to these questions and more. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to respond to informational requests.


General Information

Do Lottery proceeds really go to schools?

Yes. About 23 cents of every dollar spent on the Missouri Lottery goes to Missouri's public schools. See the Where The Money Goes section for more detailed information.

Does the Lottery keep most of its proceeds?

From every dollar spent on a Lottery ticket, more than 95 cents is returned to Missouri residents: an average of 66.6 cents goes back to players through prizes, 23 cents goes to Missouri's public education system and 5.9 cents is earned by retailers who sell Lottery tickets. Just 4.5 cents of every dollar goes to pay administrative expenses including advertising, ticket printing and computer system costs. For more information see Where the Money Goes.

Where can I see where winning tickets were sold?

Our Winner Map shows the selling locations of winning tickets worth $1,000 or more, for both Draw Games and Scratchers. The map covers winning tickets for the previous month.

Can I purchase Lottery tickets online?

No. The Missouri Lottery does not currently offer sales via the Internet.

Can I use my debit or credit card to purchase a Lottery ticket?

At some locations, yes. There are no Missouri laws or lottery policies that prevent the purchase of lottery products at retail using debit or credit. The Lottery leaves that up to the discretion of our retail partners. Each retail location is given the freedom to accept (or not accept) debit or credit cards for Lottery purchases, based on their own business goals and guidelines. When in doubt, ask the clerk. Currently, tickets purchased directly from the Lottery at any of our regional offices or events must be paid in cash.

If I win a big jackpot prize or an annuitized Scratchers prize and die before I receive it all, where does the remaining money go?

When a winner receiving annuity payments dies, the Missouri Lottery continues to make payments to the winner's estate.

Does the Missouri Lottery offer subscription sales to players?

No. Players can purchase Missouri Lottery tickets from a licensed Missouri Lottery retailer. The Lottery cannot mail tickets across state lines.

Who oversees riverboat gambling and bingo games?

Riverboat gambling and bingo games are NOT a part of the Missouri Lottery. They are governed by the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Is there a danger of Lottery players becoming compulsive gamblers?

Studies show that about 1 to 5 percent of those who gamble through any means experience problems. For more information, see Responsible Gaming.

How can I become a Missouri Lottery retailer?

Only businesses located within the state of Missouri can be Missouri Lottery retailers. For more information, see the Lottery's Retailer Portal.

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Draw Games

Where can I find past winning numbers?

You can find complete lists of past numbers drawn in the Winning Numbers section.

Why is the cash value of a jackpot only about half of what is advertised? Where does the rest of the money go?

The lump-sum payment is approximately half of the advertised amount since the Lottery will be giving you the money it would have invested over 25 years for a Lotto jackpot, or 29 years for a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot. For more information, see If You Win a Jackpot.

Are the terminals in retail locations and the drawing equipment connected in any way?

No. Each drawing machine is self-contained and independent of any other system. For more information, see Game Security.

Does anyone in Missouri ever win the Powerball jackpot?

Actually, Missouri is quite a lucky state! Out of the 47 lotteries participating in the Powerball game, Missouri ranks second behind Indiana in the number of Powerball jackpot winners.

Can a group of people claim a prize?

Yes. When a group wins, the person who signs the ticket typically designates who will receive a portion of the prize and how much that person should receive. For more information, see If You Win a Jackpot.

When do Draw Games shut down for the drawings?

Tickets cannot be purchased during draw breaks. Draw breaks are as follows:

        Pick 3 and Pick 4
        MIDDAY: 12:45 p.m. to 12:59 p.m., daily
        EVENING: 8:59 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., daily

        Lotto
        8:59 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday

        Show Me Cash
        8:59 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., daily
        2 a.m. to 5 a.m., daily

        Powerball
        8:59 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday

        Mega Millions
        8:59 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday and Friday
        Lucky for Life
        8:30 p.m. to 9:39 p.m., Monday and Thursday
 
Can Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life players redeem their winnings in any member state?

No. Players must redeem their prizes in the same state they bought the tickets. Because there are so many participating lotteries, all tickets and playslips must be identified by the state that sold the ticket so the prize can be claimed and paid properly.

Since so many people play Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life, aren't the chances of winning worse?

No. No matter how many people play these games, the chances of winning never change. The chances are based on the amount of number combinations, not the number of players.

If I buy a Quick Pick ticket, can anyone else buy those numbers using Quick Pick?

Yes. Quick Pick tickets are generated randomly by the terminal at the retailer, and there is no central computer that is controlling ticket generation. The chances of buying a Draw Game ticket with the same numbers as someone else are the same as the chances of winning the jackpot.

If I should win the jackpot/top prize, do I have the option of remaining anonymous to the public and the media?

Missouri state law requires the Lottery to release your name, city of residence and the amount of the prize. For more information, see If You Win a Jackpot.

Powerball members map
What lotteries participate in Powerball?

Powerball is played in Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

NOTE: All Powerball tickets are identified by the state that sold the ticket and must be redeemed in the state where they were purchased.

Mega Millions members map
What lotteries participate in Mega Millions?

Mega Millions is played in Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

NOTE: All Mega Millions tickets are identified by the state that sold the ticket and must be redeemed in the state where they were purchased.

What lotteries participate in Lucky for Life?

Lucky for Life is currently played in 23 states:  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Wyoming.

NOTE: All Lucky for Life tickets are identified by the state that sold the ticket and must be redeemed in the state where they were purchased.

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Scratchers

Where can I hear about top-prize winners in Scratchers games?

News releases with the names of prize winners of $10,000 or more are sent to media throughout the state. To see all winners of $1,000 or more, see our Winners Release each month. Or check out our Winner Map to see the selling locations for each of those tickets.

Does anyone know where the winning Scratchers tickets are located?

No. Thanks to strict security measures, no one — including Missouri Lottery employees — knows where winning Scratchers tickets are located. For more information, see Game Security.

Are there fewer Scratchers prizes now?

No. Actually, the chances of winning Scratchers games continue to improve. In the Lottery's early days, the games only paid out 45 percent of sales in prizes, the maximum amount allowed by law at the time. Now Scratchers games pay out an average of about 70 percent of sales in prizes, and an average of approximately 1 in every 4 tickets is a winner.

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