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Missouri Lottery
Phone: (573) 751-4050
Fax: (573) 751-5188
Population: 5,987,580
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Executive Director: May Scheve Reardon
Year Lottery Founded: 1986
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $166
Number of Employees: 175
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Secondary Ticket Vendor(s) Pollard Banknote and GTECH
Retailers: 5,036
Advertising Barkley
July 2011 June 2012
Games Offered: Powerball, Scratch Tickets, Mega Millions, Lotto, Show Me Cash, Pick 4, Pick 3, Club Keno, Lucky Dough.
Beneficiaries: State Public Education

Background Information

Missouri became the 23rd lottery in the United States after voters resoundingly approved a constitutional amendment in November 1984; the measure passed with a 70 percent vote. A bill created the Missouri Lottery the following spring, and ticket sales began on January 20, 1986. The first game was Jackpot ‘86, a $1 instant ticket, and first-day sales set a record for the time of $5.6 million in total and $1.14 per capita. Sales that first week topped $23.8 million.
The Lottery’s first draw game began October 1, 1996, when Missouri Lotto tickets went on sale, offering a minimum jackpot of $1 million. Pick 3 was added in February 1987, and Lotto*America sales began a year later. Pulltabs were introduced in May 1990.
Current draw games offered by the Missouri Lottery include Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Show Me Cash, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Also in the lineup is the monitor game Club Keno, played at social locations and available as Keno to Go.
An important change took place in 1988, when voters approved an amendment to remove several operating restrictions that kept the Lottery from keeping pace with its peers. Some affected advertising, but most importantly the amendment eliminated a 45 percent maximum prize payout.
The Missouri Lottery has long been active in the area of social responsibility, and in 1997 it was one of the founding members of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling.
Originally, proceeds from the Lottery were sent to the state’s General Fund. In 1992, voters were again asked to address lottery issues and approved an amendment that earmarked Lottery revenues for education.
Each year, the legislature determines how these proceeds will be allocated, and lottery money currently represents about four percent of the total funding for Missouri’s public elementary, secondary and higher education systems.
Some of the programs benefitting from Lottery revenues include the A+ program, Virtual Schools, Special Education Excess Costs, construction of college and university buildings, library acquisitions and educational scholarships.

News Archive
July 6, 2021 Missouri Lottery Director Re-elected to Chair Powerball Group
June 29, 2021 New Missouri Law Makes It a Crime to Reveal Lottery Winners
May 30, 2021 Missouri Lawmakers Say Lottery Bill Is A Safety Issue and Provides Peace of Mind
April 8, 2021 Missouri Lottery Becomes the 10th State to Join Cash4Life
January 25, 2021 Large Jackpot Runs Lead to $26.6 Million for Missouri Education
December 28, 2020 Missouri Lottery Again Earns Highest Rating in State Audit
August 24, 2020 Missouri Lottery Sales Rebound, Scratcher Sales Increased by 13% in FY2019/20
July 17, 2020 Missouri Lottery Director to Chair Powerball Group
November 15, 2019 Missouri Lottery Surpasses $6.5 Billion in Proceeds
October 6, 2019 Missouri State Lottery Generated $306 Million for Schools in 2018
September 19, 2019 New Appointments Made to Missouri Lottery Commission
September 19, 2019 Missouri Lottery Director Receives Hall of Fame Honors
August 15, 2019 Missouri Lottery Earns Highest Rating in State Audit
July 16, 2019 Missouri Lottery Fears Illegal Slot Machines Spreading Across Missouri Could Divert Money from the Lottery’s Games
July 2, 2019 State Lottery Commission ‘Very Pleased’ with Record Breaking Performance
March 10, 2019 Missouri Senator’s Bill Would See Video Lottery Terminals Declared Illegal
March 1, 2019 Missouri Gaming Commission Welcomes Executive Director David Grothaus
February 6, 2019 Senate Committee Looks to Slash Lottery’s Advertising Budget
January 2, 2019 Missouri Lottery Achieves Highest Industry Distinction for Responsibility

News Archive for CY2018
November 22, 2018 Voters Approve Amendment to Change Bingo Regulations
April 5, 2018 Missouri Lottery Honored for Accounting Excellence
April 3, 2018 Missouri Lottery Employee Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
February 22, 2018 Missouri Lottery, Bass Pro Team Up with New Scratchers and Promotion

News Archive for CY2017
November 3, 2017 Missouri Lottery Announce 2018 Calendar Contest Winners
October 26, 2017 The Missouri Lottery Has Issued an RFP for Independent Assessment of Missouri Lottery’s Responsible Gaming Program
September 18, 2017 Lottery Makes Its Second-Largest Contribution To Public Education
September 14, 2017 Diamond Game Awarded Missouri Lottery Contract
July 31, 2017 Missouri Man Finds His $10 Million ‘Golden Ticket’
July 14, 2017 Lottery Rolls-Out New Mobile App, Recharged Loyalty Program
July 10, 2017 Auditor Galloway Releases Audit of Missouri State Lottery Commission
June 19, 2017 Missouri Lottery’s Annual and Monthly Profits Second Highest Ever
February 14, 2017 Missouri Lottery Extends Instant Games Contract with Scientific Games
January 27, 2017 Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Missouri Lotteries Achieve “Verified” Status under Responsible Gambling Best Practice
January 16, 2017 Governor’s Freeze on Regulations Could Delay State’s Gambling Expansion, at Least Temporarily
January 3, 2017 Missouri Lottery Recipient of National Certification for Responsible Gaming

News Archive for CY2016
December 28, 2016 State Audit to Focus on Lottery Advertising Spending
December 13, 2016 Missouri Lottery on Pace for Another Productive Year
July 26, 2016 Legalized Fantasy Sports in Missouri Expected to Get Underway in September
June 10, 2016 Missouri Lottery Annual Profits Surpass All Previous Records
May 13, 2016 Win the Ultimate Sportscation with the Missouri Lottery This Summer
March 25, 2016 Spruce Up with the 'Dream Makeover' Game, Promotion
March 14, 2016 Lottery's Education Proceeds Break Records
February 22, 2016 Missouri Scratchers Sales Setting New Records
February 16, 2016 1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sets New Proceeds Record to Education
February 1, 2016 House Bill Would Prohibit Publishing Lottery Winners Names Without Written Consent
January 20, 2016 Missouri Lottery Celebrates 30 Winning Years with the Launch of Its First $30 Scratchers Ticket


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