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Someone who buys Lotto tickets in Missouri is going to have an even happier holiday season since one Lotto ticket sold for Saturday night’s drawing matched all six numbers drawn to win the $4.9 million jackpot. The winning numbers are: 15, 17, 18, 20, 23 and 29. Missouri Lottery players have exactly one year from the drawing date to claim jackpot prizes. The winner has 60 days to chose if he or she would like to take the jackpot in one lump sum, which in this case would be approximately $2.4 million before taxes, or in 25 annual payments of approximately $196,000 a year before taxes. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid out in 25 annual payments. If you are holding the winning ticket, be sure to sign it and put it in a safe place until you can take it to one of the Missouri Lottery’s four offices located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield or St. Louis. To date, 125 Lotto tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the game began 15 years ago. - 30 -

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