2011-01-05 16:57:35.423

Missourians Win Thousands, Education Gets Millions From Giant Jackpot

Story Photo Though the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split by ticket holders in Washington and Idaho, thousands of Missourians will start off the New Year with prizes from the Jan. 4 drawing, and Missouri’s public education will benefit with an estimated $2.4 million generated in proceeds.

“The Missouri Lottery exists to raise money for public education,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “This Mega Millions jackpot run brought approximately $2.4 million for public education programs in Missouri.  That’s who the real winner is.

“I want to thank every Missourian who bought a ticket for last night’s drawing.  Not only are you having fun and getting a chance to dream about winning a jackpot, but you are helping Missouri’s public education programs,” she said.

Four Missouri players matched all five white-ball numbers to win $10,000, and 65,525 other ticket holders won prizes ranging from $2 to $150, totaling $316,553.

“Players should check their tickets closely,” said Reardon.  “You may not have matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, but you might have won one of the eight other prizes in the game.”

The four Missouri tickets worth $10,000 were sold at:  QuikTrip, 290 E. Fourth St. in Eureka; QuikTrip, 3889 Mexico Road in St. Charles; David’s Food Mart, Shelby & Railroad in Oran; and Lazy Lee’s One Stop, 262 E. Main St. in Fordland.

Reardon said the easiest way to check your ticket would be to use a Check-A-Ticket machine located at most Lottery retail locations.  Retailers can also provide players with a printed copy of the winning numbers from the Lottery terminal.

“You can also look up the numbers on our website, Molottery.com, or by calling one of our hot line numbers,” she said.

Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million and continue to grow until someone wins.  Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 10 p.m.

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