General Rules That Apply to All Draw Games

  1. It is the player's responsibility to check his or her ticket to make sure it represents the correct game, draw date, numbers requested and has a visible bar code or serial number.

  2. Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the last winning draw date on the ticket.

  3. Purchased tickets are only valid for the dates shown on the ticket.

  4. The ticket, not the playslip, is the only valid proof of your number selection, and it is the only valid receipt to claim a prize.

  5. All tickets, transactions and winners are subject to the directives of the executive director of the Missouri Lottery, the rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Statutes, and tickets are only offered for sale in accordance with the same.

  6. Upon purchasing a ticket, the player agrees to abide by the Missouri Statutes and all rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery.

  7. A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.

  8. The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Tickets are void and will not be paid if determined stolen, unissued, illegible, mutilated, altered in whole or part, misregistered, defective, incomplete, printed or produced in error, multiply-printed, or if the ticket fails any of the Missouri Lottery's confidential validation tests. Liability for void tickets is limited to replacement of the ticket or refund of sales price.

  9. Tickets may not be sold to or redeemed by minors under the age of 18.

  10. The holder of a winning ticket may win in only one prize category per play board and shall be paid the prize in the highest category won.

Pick 4 Game Rules

To play Pick 4, a player must choose four numbers between 0 and 9. A player must then choose the type of play he or she wants. A player may select each set in one of three ways: by verbally communicating the numbers to the retailer; by completing a playslip or by requesting a "Quick Pick." Plays can be made for 50 cents or $1 and up to 14 consecutive draws on a single playslip. Pick 4 is drawn twice daily, seven days a week at approximately 12:57 p.m and 8:59 p.m. each day. Depending on the wager type chosen, a player must match all four numbers in the Exact Order drawn or in Any Order drawn to win.

How to play Pick 4 using a playslip

  1. The playslip has five play boards ("A" through "E"). You may play from one to five boards. Each board contains four columns of numbers from 0 through 9. Based on the play type, select one number from the appropriate columns, or mark the "Quick Pick" box.

  2. Select the wager amount (50 cents or $1).

  3. Select the play type (Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Front Three, Back Three, Front Pair, Middle Pair, Back Pair, Combo or 1-Off). If you make a mistake, mark the "VOID" box on that board and select your numbers on the next board.

  4. To play your numbers for more than one drawing at a time, mark the appropriate box on the left side of the playslip under "MULTI DRAW." This will play only your selections "A" through "E" for that number of draws. Pick 4 can be played for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 14 consecutive drawings.

  5. Pick 4 can be played for the Midday drawing, Evening drawing or Both by selecting the appropriate box on the left side of the playslip.

  6. Prize payouts for 50-cent plays will be half of the amount of a $1 play.

  7. The Straight/Box play requires a $1 wager.

  8. The cost for a Combo wager can be from $2 to $24 depending on the wager amount and numbers played.

  9. Use only a blue or black pen or use a pencil for marking selections; red ink will not be accepted by the terminal.

How to play Pick 4 verbally

At the discretion of the retailer, Pick 4 may be played by making a verbal request for a ticket. The player must provide the clerk with the following information:

  1. The numbers to be played - either player selected or "Quick Pick;"
  2. The dollar amount to be played - either 50 cents or $1;
  3. The wager type - Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Front Three, Back Three, Front Pair, Middle Pair, Back Pair, Combo or 1-Off;
  4. The number of draws to be played.
  5. The drawing to be played: Midday, Evening or Both.

EZ Match

  1. EZ Match is an instant-win feature that is an add-on game for Show Me Cash, Lotto, Pick 3 and Pick 4 that costs $1 per play, in addition to the cost of the host game ticket. A player selecting EZ Match for Pick 4 will receive four (4) EZ Match numbers printed below the Pick 4 numbers on the ticket.

  2. All EZ Match winners are randomly generated. If any Pick 4 game number(s) on the ticket matches any EZ Match number(s), the player instantly wins the prize amount printed next to the matched EZ Match Number(s).

  3. If two (2) or more of the same Pick 4 game numbers match an EZ Match number, the player wins the EZ Match prize amount printed next to the matched EZ Match number one (1) time.

  4. Players may play EZ Match by marking the applicable EZ Match box on the host game playslip or by telling the retailer.

  5. Each board played with EZ Match will be printed on a separate ticket. Tickets with the added EZ Match option will print with the Host game/EZ Match logo at the top of the ticket; the EZ Match logo will also be within the body of the ticket, with the EZ Match numbers and the amount of the prizes will be printed below the EZ Match logo. Game tickets printed without these elements are not EZ Match tickets and are not eligible to win EZ Match prizes.

  6. Tickets with EZ Match cannot be canceled.

  7. The EZ Match prize structure will be replenished automatically when all top-tier prizes have been won.

  8. A winning EZ Match play can be cashed at any Missouri Lottery retail location either before or after the host game drawing. If the EZ Match play is cashed prior to the host game drawing, an exchange ticket will print for the upcoming drawing, just like when a multi-draw winning ticket is cashed before all the drawings have occurred. If a winning EZ Match play is cashed after the host game drawing has occurred, and wins on both the EZ Match wager and the host game drawing, the prizes will be added together and paid in one lump sum.

  9. EZ Match prizes can be claimed up to 180 days from the host game draw date on which the EZ Match wager was originally purchased.

Pick 4 Liability Limit

Two Missouri Lottery games - Pick 3 and Pick 4 - have liability limits, meaning players may be denied the purchase of numbers when a certain number of tickets with a particular combination have been sold. Liability limits have been placed on these games to keep the Lottery from selling more winning tickets than it can pay. The liability limit is $1.5 million for Pick 3 and $1.5 million for Pick 4. Setting liability limits is standard in the Lottery industry on games with fixed payouts.

On rare occasions, popular Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers may "sell out" and cannot be purchased. Liability limits are reached when a large number of people have chosen a certain number combination, such as the Pick 4 combination 2-0-0-0, which was popular on Jan. 1, 2000, to mark the new millennium.

There is no need for liability limits on Lotto and Powerball numbers, since jackpots are pari-mutuel, meaning the jackpot prize is divided equally among all its winners.

The Missouri Lottery has an obligation to raise as much money for public education programs, while also ensuring that we have funds available to pay winners. To accomplish this, we must be able to limit our potential payout to an amount that we expect to reasonably pay based on the sales we generate for this game.

Selling Hours

All Draw Games are available for purchase from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Club Keno until 1:52 a.m.) seven days a week at any Draw Games retailer, except during Draw Breaks.

Draw Breaks

The process of selecting winning numbers for each game is referred to as a "Drawing" or "Draw." A "Draw Break" is when sales are suspended for a particular game so that the wagers for that "Drawing" may be balanced and the winning numbers drawn. The draw breaks for each game are listed below:

Pick 3, Pick 4
12:45 p.m. – 12:59 p.m. & 8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
Show Me Cash
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Mega Millions
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday
7:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily
Club Keno
Every 4 minutes starting at 5 a.m. each day

How to Check Your Numbers

  1. Watch the televised drawing on your local Lottery station or check local newspapers or radio stations.

  2. Check with your Lottery retailer for the winning numbers. Request a winning numbers report or check tickets at a Check-A-Ticket machine.

  3. Visit the Winning Numbers page on this website.

  4. Subscribe to the Lottery's FREE daily Winning Numbers email newsletter.

  5. Call the Lottery hot line nearest you to hear a recorded message of the current winning numbers:

    Jefferson City – (573) 751-1111
    Kansas City – (816) 795-0203
    Springfield – (417) 888-4271
    St. Louis – (314) 340-5805

How to Claim Your Prize

Claim winning tickets up to and including $600 at any Draw Games retail location.

Claim winning tickets of more than $600 at Missouri Lottery redemption centers or by mailing in your ticket with a completed claim form. A claim form must accompany winning tickets of more than $600. A claim form is available at any Lottery retailer or here on our website.

Mailing Instructions

  1. The claimant's name, address, telephone number and signature must be on the back of the ticket.

  2. The Lottery suggests that the claimant makes and retains a photocopy of both the front and back of the ticket for their personal records.

  3. If the prize is more than $600, a completed claim form, which is available from a Lottery retailer, at Lottery regional offices or through the Lottery's Web site, must accompany the ticket. A copy of the completed claim form should be made and retained by the claimant.

  4. The claim form and original ticket should be mailed to:

    Ticket Redemption
    Missouri Lottery
    P.O. Box 7777
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-7777

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