Missouri obtained the right to conduct lottery games in 1984, as the 23rd American state. More than 5,000 stores sell lottery products. You can only buy them when you’re 18 or over. The average player is 25-54 years old and their income is $25,000-$50,000.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Missouri Lottery are the charity programs. About 27% of each dollar spent on playing the lottery is used to support educational programs, such as the public education system, special education, libraries, laboratories, computers, scholarships, etc. In 1986 more than $3 billion got raised, and in 2007 $259 million was donated.
After winning any lottery prize, the player has 180 days to claim it. It needs to be claimed in the same store where the lottery ticket was bought. If the win is more than $25,000, it will take 2 weeks to process the money.
Powerball, a multi-state lottery game, is also available in Missouri. The player picks 5 numbers from the range of 1 to 42. The jackpot is at least $15 million. Lower prizes are $200,000 and $10,000.
It’s also possible to play Lotto, where you pick 6 numbers. The jackpot is $1 million and increases until someone wins it. After the win, the jackpot goes back to $1 million. There are also a few additional ways to win big cash prizes.