General Rules That Apply to All Draw Games
- It is the player’s responsibility to check his or her ticket to make sure it represents the correct game, draw date, numbers requested and has a visible bar code or serial number.
- Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the last winning draw date on the ticket.
- Purchased tickets are only valid for the dates shown on the ticket.
- The ticket, not the playslip, is the only valid proof of your number selection, and it is the only valid receipt to claim a prize.
- All tickets, transactions and winners are subject to the directives of the executive director of the Missouri Lottery, the rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Statutes, and tickets are only offered for sale in accordance with the same.
- Upon purchasing a ticket, the player agrees to abide by the Missouri Statutes and all rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery.
- A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.
- The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Tickets are void and will not be paid if determined stolen, unissued, illegible, mutilated, altered in whole or part, misregistered, defective, incomplete, printed or produced in error, multiply-printed, or if the ticket fails any of the Missouri Lottery’s confidential validation tests. Liability for void tickets is limited to replacement of the ticket or refund of sales price.
- Tickets may not be sold to or redeemed by minors under the age of 18.
- The holder of a winning ticket may win in only one prize category per $1 or 50-cent play board and shall be paid the prize in the highest category won.
Lotto Game Rules
A player must select two or more plays (sets) of six different numbers between 1 and 44. Two plays cost $1. A player may select each set in one of three ways: by verbally communicating the numbers to the retailer, by completing a playslip or by requesting a “Quick Pick.” A Quick Pick is a computerized randomly-selected set of numbers available through the Draw Games terminal. Lotto is drawn twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday – at approximately 8:59 p.m. The more numbers the player matches to those drawn, the more he or she wins.
How to play Lotto using a playslip
- The playslip allows you to play up to 10 play boards (“A” through “J”). You must play two boards for $1 total.
- Select six numbers from 1 to 44 per board by placing a heavy [l] in each box, beginning with boards A and B. If you want the terminal to randomly select numbers for you, mark the box beside “QP” for “Quick Pick.” If you make a mistake, mark the “VOID” box on that board and select your numbers on the next two boards.
- To play your numbers for future drawings, mark the appropriate box on the left side of the playslip under “MULTI DRAW.” This will play only your selections in boards “A” through “J” for that number of drawings. You can play Lotto for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 15 drawings.
- Use only a blue or black pen or use a pencil for marking selections; red ink will not be accepted by the terminal.
How to play Lotto verbally
At the discretion of the retailer, Lotto may be played by making a verbal request for a ticket. The player must provide the clerk with the following information:
- The dollar amount to be played;
- The numbers to be played - either player-selected or “Quick Pick;” and
- The number of draws to be played.
Winning game plays on a ticket designated as "THIS IS A DOUBLER TICKET!" will double all non-jackpot prizes.
Jackpot winners have 60 days from the claiming date to declare whether they would like their payments in CASH (equal to approximately 50 percent of the estimated, advertised jackpot) or ANNUITY (the advertised jackpot amount paid in 25 annual payments).
Prizes are approximately 50 percent of sales. Overall chances are 1 in 20. All Lotto prizes, except for free Lotto tickets, are pari-mutuel.
All Draw Games are available for purchase from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Club Keno until 1:52 a.m.) seven days a week at any Draw Games retailer, except during Draw Breaks.
The process of selecting winning numbers for each game is referred to as a “Drawing” or “Draw.” A “Draw Break” is when sales are suspended for a particular game so that the wagers for that “Drawing” may be balanced and the winning numbers drawn. The draw breaks for each game are listed below:
|Pick 3, Pick 4
12:45 p.m. – 12:59 p.m. & 8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
|Show Me Cash
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday
Every 4 minutes starting at 5 a.m. each day
How to Check Your Numbers
- Watch the televised drawing on your local Lottery station or check local newspapers or radio stations.
- Check with your Lottery retailer for the winning numbers. Request a winning numbers report or check tickets at a Check-A-Ticket machine.
- Visiting the Winning Numbers page on this website.
- Subscribe to the Lottery’s FREE daily Winning Numbers email newsletter.
- Call the Lottery hot line nearest you to hear a recorded message of the current winning numbers:
Jefferson City – (573) 751-1111
Kansas City – (816) 795-0203
Springfield – (417) 888-4271
St. Louis – (314) 340-5805
- Visit the nearest Lottery regional office in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield or Kansas City.
- Request numbers by postal mail or e-mail.
Send appropriate return postage to:
P.O. Box 1603
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603
Comprehensive list: 11 first-class postage stamps
Current-year List: One first-class postage stamp
Request an email attachment of these lists at email@example.com.
- Sign up through the My Lottery Players Club to receive Winning Numbers free via text messaging.
How to Claim Your Prize
Claim winning tickets up to and including $600 at any Draw Games retail location.
Claim winning tickets of more than $600 at Missouri Lottery redemption centers or by mailing in your ticket with a completed claim form. A claim form must accompany winning tickets of more than $600. A claim form is available at any Lottery retailer or here on our website.
- The claimant's name, address, telephone number and signature must be on the back of the ticket.
- The Lottery suggests that the claimant makes and retains a photocopy of both the front and back of the ticket for their personal records.
- If the prize is more than $600, a completed claim form, which is available from a Lottery retailer, at Lottery regional offices or through the Lottery’s Web site, must accompany the ticket. A copy of the completed claim form should be made and retained by the claimant.
- The claim form and original ticket should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 7777
Jefferson City, MO 65102-7777