Missouri Gov. orders review of Lottery operations
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the state Office of Administration to carry out a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery's operations.
The lottery posted more than $1.14 billion in sales last year, according to unaudited figures, but its $267.3 million profit (which goes to education funding) was $31 million short of its goal and was below 2006 totals when adjusted for inflation.
The governor cited declining lottery and casino revenue in his decision to withhold $35 million of educ ...
Jul 24, 2014, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
Seeing sales slowing, Missouri Lottery officials seek new customers
For many years, as state revenue has fluctuated and stagnated, the Missouri Lottery has been a welcome outlier, a dependable, sometimes surging revenue stream that rarely failed to post record profits.
From 2001-2008, the lottery doubled its sales, to just shy of $1 billion, and its contribution to state education funding (where its profit is directed) reached $265 million.
Since then though, the pace has slowed. While sales have continued to tick upward, gone are the years of double-digit ...
Jul 22, 2014, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri couple claim $96.5M Powerball jackpot
A St. Charles, Missouri, man and his wife are living the dream that they never in a gazillion years expected to have, after they discovered their Powerball ticket from March 22 was worth $96.5 million.
John Brands said he checked his Missouri Lottery tickets with the numbers on the Lottery's website the morning after the drawing, before heading out to play golf. When all six numbers matched, he went to wake his wife, Susan.
I thought the house was on fire, she said. I thought he was messi ...
Mar 28, 2014, 11:40 pm - Lottery News forum
$96.5 million Powerball lottery ticket sold in Missouri
By Todd Northrop
A $96.5 million jackpot-winning Powerball lottery ticket was sold in Missouri for the Saturday drawing of the multi-state game.
The sweet jackpot win of $96.5 million is the sixth-largest prize ever won in Missouri.
Saturday's winning numbers were 13, 28, 31, 55, and 58, with Powerball number 15. The Power Play number was 2.
There also were five Powerball tickets sold matching five numbers, in Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Texas. Each ticket is worth ...
Mar 24, 2014, 7:26 am - Lottery News forum
New Missouri Lottery game begins sales
Includes video report
A new Missouri Lottery Draw Game offers players three games with nine chances to win on a single ticket and a top prize of $250,000 cash.
The new game, $250K Triple Play, officially went sale Sunday.
The $2 ticket includes three separate games with nine chances to win cash. Players can win up to $250,000 on Game 1, up to $10,000 on Game 2 and up to $5,000 on Game 3.
The best part of this new cash game is that it is a Missouri-only game, said May Scheve Reardon, ...
Feb 24, 2014, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery considering tickets at gas pumps
Missourians might have another choice at the gas pump someday: regular, premium, or Powerball.
The state lottery is going to launch a pilot project at fifteen stations, or so, that will let gas-buyers get lottery tickets at the pump or at ATMs inside the convenience store. Spokesman Gary Gonder says 70 percent of lottery players pay for their gas at the pump.
The system would let buyers use their debit cards just as they do now. But they'd be offered a chance to buy lottery tickets at the ...
May 31, 2013, 9:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri legislature considering lottery winner anonymity
The Missouri Lottery would not be able to release the names and addresses of prize winners under a bill presented to a Missouri House committee on Thursday.
Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship.
She cited constant phone calls, harassment and loss of privacy as consequences of people knowing the identities of lottery winners. She also said winning big prizes could even result ...
Mar 28, 2013, 6:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store.
And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead.
While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 milli ...
Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Mechanic and his wife are Missouri winners of $588M Powerball jackpot
Cindy Hill, a laid-off office manager who lives in a small town in Missouri, called her husband Thursday with urgent news that would change everything: We won the lottery.
What? he asked.
We won the lottery, she repeated. But Mark Hill, a 52-year-old mechanic who works at a meat processing plant, is the kind of person who carefully checks the prices for everything he buys, and he needed proof. This is the Show-Me State after all.
He drove to his mother's house, where his wife was wai ...
Nov 30, 2012, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning Powerball ticket in Mo. turned in
Lottery officials in Missouri say a winning Powerball ticket for the record $588 million drawing has been turned-in and verified.
A news conference is expected to be held Friday afternoon.
This Friday morning, two small communities are waiting, along with the rest of the country, to find out who bought winning Powerball tickets at this Missouri convenience store and this food mart in Arizona.
Nothing like this has ever happened in Dearborn.
Fountain Hills is a pretty small town, a ...
Nov 30, 2012, 6:55 am - Lottery News forum