2000-06-02 10:57:04.13


The Missouri Lotto jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing has rolled once again to a record high: $18.2 million. This is the highest Lotto jackpot ever offered in the Missouri Lottery’s 13-year history. "Players should always remember to play within their means," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery. "It only takes $1 to win." The largest Lotto jackpot claimed to date was a $14.6 million jackpot won by a St. Louis man in May 1989. The last time someone won a Missouri Lotto jackpot was Nov. 24, 1999, for an estimated $2.5 million. Lotto jackpot winners have 60 days after the drawing to decide if they would like to receive their prize in one cash payment - usually an amount worth about half of the advertised jackpot - or distributed in 25 annual payments. Saturday’s jackpot would be worth an estimated $9.1 million before taxes, if taken in one cash payment. To play Missouri Lotto, players pick six numbers between 1 and 44. The cost is $1 for two plays (sets of six numbers). Players have until 6:45 p.m. Saturday to purchase Lotto tickets. Lotto sales in Missouri began on Oct. 1, 1986.

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