Missouri Lotto players have exactly 180 days from the drawing date to claim jackpot prizes, which means this winner would have until Sept. 29, 2003. The winner has 60 days from the drawing to choose if he or she would like to take the jackpot in one lump sum, which in this case would be approximately $700,000 before taxes, or in 25 annual payments of approximately $56,000 a year before taxes. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid out in 25 annual payments.
In addition to the player’s prize, the veteran’s association will receive an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - in this case approximately $14,000 - for selling the winning ticket.
To date, 136 Lotto tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the game began 16 years ago.