Nun donates $55,000 lottery win
When Sister Mary Concetta Torrillo of Webster Groves hit the Missouri Lottery's Show Me Cash jackpot on May 13, it meant a $55,000 gift for the Sisters of Loretto, a convent in Kentucky she served for 30 years.
A regular Show Me Cash player, Torrillo said she enjoys playing the game for the fun of it. However, the vow of poverty she had taken ultimately led to her decision to donate the prize money, instead of claiming it for herself.
Her ticket held the winning combination of: 1, 6, 15, 2 ...
May 29, 2012, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Mo. woman describes aftermath of lottery jackpot
When Sandra Hayes hit a $224 million Powerball jackpot with 12 of her co-workers, she didn't retire immediately.
Hayes was a social worker with the state of Missouri then, and she was a single mom of three who was twice divorced. Her income was less than $26,000 a year.
She had debt, including school loans, and she still was having a hard time believing that she had won. She wanted to wait until she had her winnings in hand.
But things at work got increasingly difficult.
She started ...
Mar 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri lottery winner wins again
Powerball player is also double-lucky
Only twice in the history of the Missouri Lottery has a player won two prizes of $1 million or more. A Bonne Terre man won on two Scratchers tickets in 2010, and now a southwest Missouri man has won two multi-million dollar Scratchers prizes in 2011.
Roger Hirshey, 66, claimed a $2 million top prize on a Mega MONOPOLY ticket on Dec. 19. The Carthage resident bought the winning ticket at Casey's General Store, 8084 E. Seventh St., in Duenweg.
This is ...
Dec 23, 2011, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Senate to discuss privatizing state lottery
The Missouri Lottery will begin talks in April with the state Senate about moving control of the lottery from the government to the private sector.
Lottery Executive Director May Scheve said it was difficult to comment on the issue because the Missouri Lottery is currently ascertaining the opinion of state vendors on the matter; privatization was only recently brought up by the Senate's Rebooting Government initiative.
We really haven't engaged in conversation with the Senate, Scheve said ...
Mar 3, 2011, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri man wins $2M lottery jackpot - 3 months after winning $1M
A Bonne Terre, Missouri, man has become the first Missouri Lottery player to win $1 million or more on a scratch-off ticket more than once.
Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million on a 100 Million Dollar Blockbuster scratchers ticket in June. He doubled that prize with his most recent win $2 million on a Mega Monopoly scratchers ticket he purchased on Sept. 17.
Pullen relocated from Pevely to Bonne Terre after his first big win. That left him with a new favorite store where he bought the lucky t ...
Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Winner's Plans? Paying the Bills
A Missouri man who won a $258 million Powerball jackpot and plans to use some of the money to pay bills, replace his two missing front teeth and take his children to Disney World said he hasn't decided whether he'll quit his job at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket.
Chris Shaw a 29-year-old tattooed father of three who was raised by his grandparents in rural southern Missouri came forward Thursday as the winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever. Shaw said he ha ...
Apr 23, 2010, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerk is winner of $258.5M Powerball lottery jackpot
The winning ticket for the biggest jackpot in Missouri history was sold at a convenience store in Marshall, and a store official said Thursday that the winner is a clerk who works at the store.
Lottery officials announced Thursday that a Powerball ticket purchased at the city's Break Time convenience store hit all six numbers in Wednesday night's drawing. The $258.5 million jackpot is the biggest ever won in Missouri, and the 10th-biggest Powerball jackpot ever.
Although the Lottery is wai ...
Apr 23, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery gives inside view of computerized drawings
For years, the Missouri Lottery conducted its daily drawings using mechanical ball machines.
In 2004, the lottery replaced its drawing equipment with a computerized drawing system that generates the winning numbers with a Random Number Generator (RNG) a computer program that instantly produces random numbers.
Several other states have switched to a computerized drawing system, but the concept has not swept through all the states, perhaps due to player pushback.
Since computerized drawin ...
Apr 16, 2010, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
St. Louis man wins $24,000 playing Pick 4
If you have a set of numbers you believe in, why not purchase more than one ticket? In Numbers Games like Pick 3 and Pick 4, which have fixed prizes for matching all of the winning numbers, you will win the designated prize for each ticket you hold.
That's exactly what Anthony Nguyen of St. Louis, Missouri, did.
Nguyen purchased four Straight Pick 4 tickets with the combination 5-6-1-4 for the March 16 Midday drawing. That was the winning combination for that drawing and Nguyen won $6,000 ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum