It was a very Merry Christmas for one lottery player in Missouri. The winning Powerball ticket from last night's drawing was sold in Missouri and matched all six numbers. The jackpot totaled $71.5 million. The winning numbers were: 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the Powerball number was 32.
Lottery officials advise that if you hold the winning ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to the Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City.
The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which in this case is June 23, 2014. The winner can select to receive the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment worth approximately $39.8 million before taxes.
There were no million dollar winners in Missouri or Illinois from Wednesday's Powerball drawing.
One winning ticket was sold in South Carolina. That ticket is worth an estimated $400 million.
Lottery officials report the top prize won in Missouri was $10,000 for one lucky player who matched four white balls and the Powerball. There were nine such $10,000 winners in Illinois.
The Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 18: 07 - 10 - 22 - 32 - 35 and the Powerball was 19.
The jackpot for the next drawing on Saturday, Sept. 21 is expected to be $40 million.
St. Louis - AP - A 50-year-old St. Charles man is retiring early after winning a $5 million lottery prize.
The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that Bill Graham is the first player to uncover the top prize on the "$5 Million Jackpot" scratch-off game. Graham, a sales representative, was between appointments on Aug. 27 when he purchased the ticket at a ZX station in St. Louis.
Graham says he plans to take it easy for the rest of his life.
The "$5 Million Jackpot" is a $20 game that began Aug. 5. Two additional $5 million prizes remain in play, along with other prizes ranging in value up to $100,000.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Powerball officials say there are three winning tickets in Wednesday night $448 million jackpot.
One ticket was sold in Minnesota and two in New Jersey.
The winning numbers are 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
Missouri Lottery officials report that one ticket sold in the state matched all five white balls, but not the powerball. That ticket is worth $1 million.
Two $1 million tickets were sold in Illinois.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lottery sales rose to another record high during the 2013 budget year.
The Lottery says it sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up 4 percent from the previous year's total of $1.1 billion.
Lottery sales have set new high marks each of the past three years.
Executive Director May Scheve Reardon attributes the increased sales to a new advertising campaign and several large Powerball jackpots. She also cites the beginning of a new loyalty program and strong sales in several other Lottery games.
The Lottery awarded more than $1 billion of prizes and transferred $289 million to education last year.
One person in Missouri is $1 million richer after matching the five white balls in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
The numbers drawn were 2-11-26-34-41, with a Powerball of 32.
No one won the $360 million dollar Powerball jackpot. With no winner, Powerball officials project that the next drawing will be worth an estimated $475 million.
The Powerball jackpot for tonight's drawing is again in record territory. Missouri Lottery officials have announced the top prize has increased to $360 million, the third-largest jackpot in the game's history. The cash option is now worth an estimated $229.2 million before taxes. Players have until 8:59 p.m. CDT to purchase tickets.
Lottery officials say it's okay to dream, as long as players are responsible. They say even with a big prize like this one, it only takes one $2 ticket to win.
The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing is also high -- an estimated $170 million. It costs just $1 for a chance at that prize.
The convenience store that sold a winning lottery ticket last month, may be luckier than the jackpot winner.
A QuikTrip on Lindbergh in Florissant sold its second grand prize winning ticket in the last year. The store sold a ticket worth $1.1 million in April of 2012--both times the store got a $5,000 bonus.
The most recent jackpot winner is Kenneth Yates of Florissant, he will take home $2.7 million.