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January 10, 2014

Lottery Transfer To Education Is Third-Largest Ever

A $648 million Mega Millions jackpot in mid-December and strong Scratchers sales contributed to the third-largest proceeds transfer to public education in the Lottery’s 28-year history. Today’s monthly transfer, based on December sales, was $29,227,542. It brings the total for the fiscal year to more than $159.9 million.

“We set a weekly record for distributed Scratchers tickets at the end of December,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “The huge transfer can also be attributed to our holiday Scratchers, the introduction of a popular $5 Scratchers game, ‘Big Money,’ early in the month, and the release of six new Scratchers at the end of month, including a ‘MONOPOLY™ Jackpot’ ticket and a family of multiplier games.”

Reardon said the weekly record for Scratchers distribution was $23.9 million, and it was only the second time weekly distribution surpassed $20 million.

“The only other time we exceeded $20 million in distribution was last March,” Reardon noted. “Obviously, the real reason we are so excited about the record distribution and the large transfer is that it means more money for Missouri students.”

Since sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $4.7 billion for the state and public education. Programs funded in FY13 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri. For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, see the “Where the $ Goes” section at MOLottery.com.

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                                                                 Twelve Scratchers To Expire in Next Couple Months

Twelve Missouri Lottery Scratchers expire by March 3.  They are:

• Game 870, “Hot $100s” – expires Jan. 13;
• Game 880, “Awesome Aces” – expires Jan. 13;
• Game 882, “$100,000 Mega Fortune” – expires Jan. 13;
• Game 889, “Money Bags” – expires Jan. 13;
• Game 893, “Triple Dough” – expires Feb. 10;
• Game 888, “Groovy Cash” – expires Feb. 15;
• Game 898, “Whole Lotta $100s” – expires Feb. 15;
• Game 912, “Slingo,” – expires Feb. 15;
• Game 921, “Double 8s” – expires Feb. 28;
• Game 914, “Powerball/Mega Millions” – expires March 3;
• Game 916, “5X the Winnings” – expires March 3;
• Game 929, “Red, White & Blue Bucks” – expires March 10.

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