2010-09-29 14:29:42.49

Missouri Lottery To Hold Appreciation Tour on Southern Border

Exactly one year after lottery ticket sales began in Arkansas, the Missouri Lottery and its online vendor GTECH are going on a “Border Appreciation Tour” to 19 retail locations on the southern border to show its support and appreciation to those retailers who have been impacted by the Arkansas Lottery and to thank players along the border for playing the Missouri Lottery.  The tour will kick off Sept. 28 with an in-store promotion at Car-Mac’s in Steele.

“We’re reaching out to Lottery retailers and players from Pineville to the bootheel to let them know how much we appreciate them,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “Several of our top retailers are on our southern border, and they’ve faced some tough challenges during the past year.  We want to thank them for their hard work and perseverance, and we also want to let them know we are behind them 100 percent.”

Reardon said during fiscal year 2010, four of the top 10 retailers were located on the southern border.

“While Arkansas provides more competition for these retailers, I want retailers and especially players on Missouri’s southern border to know there are still great reasons to play the Missouri Lottery,” she said.  “Our games have higher payouts and higher prizes.  Pick 3 and Pick 4 pay back 60 percent of sales and have prizes as high as $6,000.  Our Scratchers prizes range from a free ticket to a $5 million prize – instantly – and pay back as much as 76 percent of sales.  We also have a top-notch pick-five game called Show Me Cash, in which jackpots start at $50,000 and have rolled as high as more than $614,000.”

Reardon noted that the Missouri Lottery also continues to offer an in-state jackpot game, Missouri Lotto, which offers players great chances to win jackpots that start at $1 million and have reached as high as $19 million.

During the “Missouri Lottery Border Appreciation Tour” promotion, players can spin the wheel to win prizes and free tickets, along with other giveaways.  Locations, dates and times for the tour are as follows:

Retail Location
Car-Mac’s Steele Sept. 28 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cables Grocery & Package Steele Sept. 28 1 – 2 p.m.
Mr. T’s Liquor Store Cardwell Sept. 28 4 – 6 p.m.
Taylor’s Stateline Truck Stop Neelyville Sept. 29 7 – 8 a.m.
State Line Supercenter Neelyville Sept. 29 8 – 9 a.m.
Dean’s General Merchandise & Pkg. Poynor Sept. 29 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Bart’s Package Store Doniphan Sept. 29 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
The Kountry Korner Store Moody Sept. 30 7 – 9 a.m.
Vaughan’s Package Store West Plains Sept. 30 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Flash Market West Plains Sept. 30 4 – 6 p.m.
The Jug Store Pineville Oct. 5 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Macadoodles Pineville Oct. 5 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carr Lane Country Stop Shell Knob Oct. 5 4 – 6 p.m.
Wild Bill’s Travel Center Ridgedale Oct. 6 7 – 9 a.m.
Rapid Roberts Ridgedale Oct. 6 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Miller’s One Stop Tecumseh Oct. 6 4 – 6 p.m.
The Beverage Shoppe Thayer Oct. 7 7 – 9 a.m.
Flash Market Thayer Oct. 7 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ray-Noble Liquor Store Thayer Oct. 7 4 – 6 p.m.

About the Missouri Lottery (www.molottery.com)

More than 70 percent of Missouri voters approved a lottery in 1984.  Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has contributed more than $3.7 billion to the state and public education.  Each year the Lottery generates more than $250 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships.  Missouri Lottery players have won more than $7.6 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $800 million in commissions.  Overall, more than 96 cents of every dollar spent on the Lottery benefits Missouri.

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