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Missouri Lottery Archives - LotteryHUB News

Powerball Jackpot Winner Claims Prize in Mo.

Nov. 18, 2014 – The Missouri Lottery announced Monday that the winner of a $202.6 million Powerball jackpot had claimed her prize less than 10 days after hitting the jackpot. Marilyn Boldon was the lucky ticket holder who matched the six winning numbers drawn Sat., Nov. 8.  Those numbers were 9, 19, 33, 38, 54 and the Powerball was 15. Boldon bought her ticket from Gateway Newstands, located at Union Station, 1820 Market St. in St. Louis. That’s a long way from home for the big winner; Boldon is from Dallas, Texas, nearly 700 miles south of the retailer. Boldon has her choice between the full jackpot amount, paid out over about 30 years, or the one-time, lump sum cash payment, worth about $127 million. And she isn’t the only lucky winner with this jackpot – Gateway Newstands will also receive a $50,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket. The big win marks the thirtieth Powerball jackpot won in Missouri, the second-most of any state.  According to a Missouri Lottery press release, Powerball jackpot winners have won more than $2.16...

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Mo. Lottery Celebrates St. Louis Birthday with Winsday

Sept. 17, 2014 – The Missouri Lottery said “Happy Birthday” to the city of St. Louis this morning, celebrating the occasion with a “Winsday” free ticket giveaway for lucky commuters. The Lottery partnered with St. Louis Metro and STL250, a volunteer organization helping to organize the 250th birthday bash, for the Winsday giveaways. This morning, commuters on three bus lines were likely surprised to see a blue-and-yellow bus bearing the Missouri Lottery and STL250 logos pull up to their stop. Passengers on the bus who were 18 or older received free play coupons from the Lottery. Part of the morning’s fun was that nobody knew where the Winsday bus would show up – the Lottery kept its morning route a secret, but released some hints on their website for players who wanted to track it down. According to a Lottery press release, this isn’t the first time the Winsday bus has made morning commutes more memorable. “Riders had so much fun with this promotion last month that we decided to bring it back,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. Since it’s been such a success, the Missouri Lottery says they plan to continue surprising Missourians with Winsdays once a month until the end of the year....

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Missouri Voters to Decide on Veterans Game

July 29, 2014 – In one week, voters will consider an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would allow the Missouri Lottery to sell a new “Veterans Lottery Ticket” themed instant game.  Proceeds from sales of the game would go directly to support military veterans in the state. Veterans-themed tickets have been successful in other states, like Texas or Kansas, and follow a larger trend of state lotteries releasing games for specific causes.  Normally, sales of lottery tickets are used in general support of the lottery’s core beneficiaries: public education in most states. Because the Missouri lottery is government-regulated, it’s up to voters to decide if their lottery can branch out from funding public education to include one game for veterans. Opponents say that introducing the new game could direct some funding away from schools, but supporters of the amendment point out that the game could entice new players to purchase tickets. Furthermore, a voter’s guide and summary of the bill from the League of Women Voters points out that cousins of the proposed Missouri game “…in Illinois, Kansas and Iowa have raised millions of dollars,” and contributions to veterans programs in those states constitute a fraction of the state lotteries’ contributions to their beneficiaries. The Missouri Veterans Commission released a statement ahead of the vote in which they thanked the Missouri legislature for showing their support by introducing the bill, though they added that they haven’t taken an official position on the matter. In the statement, the Commission explains that proceeds from sales of the proposed game would be deposited into the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which pays for the operation and maintenance of veterans homes and cemeteries, and for the Veterans Services Program and Veterans Service Officer Grant Program. Missouri Voters can find information on polling locations...

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Win an “Outdoor Adventure” From the Missouri Lottery

July 28, 2014 – The third of four drawings in the Missouri Lottery’s “Outdoor Adventures: Second Chance of a Lifetime” promotion is coming up this week.  Did you enter yet? There’s only one more day to enter into the third drawing, which will be held Thursday, according to the Missouri Lottery blog.  Tomorrow’s deadline isn’t until 11:59 p.m., so you’ve got more than 12 hours to get your entries in. To enter, players first need to sign up or log in to the Missouri Lottery’s My Lottery loyalty program.  Signing up is free and simple; you can find a registration form here. Once you’ve signed up or signed in, you’ll need some non-winning scratch-off tickets to take your second chance.  For the Outdoor Adventure promotion, players need to enter the codes from $10 worth of non-winning tickets for each entry into the contest. Then, all you’ve got to do is wait with your fingers crossed. In each drawing, hundreds of players will win gear like a GoPro camera, and players can even win trips to Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo. However, just one player in each drawing can win the grand prize.  That lucky winner will get to choose one of two incredible grand prize options. The first option is a “Private Yacht Voyage” for the winner and three guests.  A privately chartered yacht will take the winner and their lucky benefactors on a week-long cruise of the Virgin Islands. The Missouri Lottery will foot the bill for airfare for all four cruisers, hire a personal shopper to help the winner get ready for their trip, and even throw in a thousand bucks.  On board the private yacht, the winner and their guests will live the good life with a private chef, an onboard concierge, and a captain and crew to keep you on course. But, if you win and a Caribbean excursion isn’t quite your idea of an Outdoor Adventure, you’ll also have the option of spending four days and three nights...

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Powerball Jackpot Winners Claim Prize

March 31, 2014 – The winner of a $96.5 million Powerball jackpot from the drawing March 22 came forward Friday to claim his prize from the Missouri Lottery. John Brands and his wife Susan knew they were nearly $100 million richer the morning after they won their Powerball prize; John woke Susan up with the good news after checking the numbers himself. “I thought the house was on fire,” Susan told Missouri Lottery officials Friday.  “I thought he was messing with me.” But the win was real, and the the Brands’ lives have already changed thanks to their windfall.  John Brands, a 49-year-old civil engineer, has already quit his job.  Susan, also 49 and a web-design student, said she’ll finish out her semester before fully enjoying the “good life”. When they arrived to claim their giant check Friday, the Brands already had a plan for some of their winnings.  The self-described “nerds” and “movie buffs” said they’d be taking a trip to New Zealand to see the country where “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” were filmed. They also said they’d like to buy some new cars, as both of theirs are about a decade old.  Along with learning new things like guitar, new languages and cooking techniques, some farmland may be in their future as well. “We are just so humbled by this experience,” Susan said Friday.  “John and I both feel very blessed and grateful to have this happen to us.” Though the Brands’ choice between annuity prize or lump-sum cash value for their Powerball jackpot was not released, they’ll either receive more than $55 million in a one-time, lump-sum cash payment, or about $3.2 million each year for the next 29...

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ATM Lottery Tickets launch in St. Louis, K.C.

March 11, 2014 – ATM provider Welch ATM last week announced that a select number of their automated teller machines would begin selling lottery tickets.  Welch partnered with the Missouri Lottery and select convenience stores to roll out the new lottery sale system. The first 50 machines in the test program were ready to sell Quick Pick Powerball and Mega Millions tickets by last Friday.  The ATMs are located at local chains like Mobile On-the-Run, U-Gas and Dirt Cheap, according to a Welch press release. The release said that another 50 ATMs in Kansas City would begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets by the end of March. “We are very excited to be able to offer lottery at our machines in Missouri,” said Adam Hobelmann, senior vice president at Welch. According to Welch’s press release, the ATMs offer players convenient access to the games and are expected to increase the amount of foot traffic through Missouri Lottery retailers. The Missouri Lottery announced late last May that they would install systems to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs around the state. The electronic ticket initiative had only been tested in Minnesota, where Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said that while retailers initially resisted, the electronic sales resulted in an increase in foot traffic, scratch-off and in-state draw game sales. “It’s not a ton of sales,” Van Petten said, “but everything is working appropriately.” For the Missouri Lottery, the ATM and gas pump sales are part of a strategy to meet the increased demand for lottery funding of education. The state budget allotted an extra $4 million for Lottery advertising efforts this year, which include the introduction of electronic ticket sales at ATMs and gas pumps. The state budgeted for a $10 million increase in Lottery returns to education this year, expecting $298.5 million. While St. Louis and Kansas City are the first to offer lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs, Welch CEO Jeff Hewitt said that “plans to launch...

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