General Rules That Apply to All Draw Games

  1. It is the player’s responsibility to check his or her ticket to make sure it represents the correct game, draw date, numbers requested and has a visible bar code or serial number.

  2. Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the last winning draw date on the ticket.

  3. Purchased tickets are only valid for the dates shown on the ticket.

  4. The ticket, not the playslip, is the only valid proof of your number selection, and it is the only valid receipt to claim a prize.

  5. All tickets, transactions and winners are subject to the directives of the executive director of the Missouri Lottery, the rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Statutes, and tickets are only offered for sale in accordance with the same.

  6. Upon purchasing a ticket, the player agrees to abide by the Missouri Statutes and all rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery.

  7. A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.

  8. The Missouri Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Tickets are void and will not be paid if determined stolen, unissued, illegible, mutilated, altered in whole or part, misregistered, defective, incomplete, printed or produced in error, multiply-printed, or if the ticket fails any of the Missouri Lottery’s confidential validation tests. Liability for void tickets is limited to replacement of the ticket or refund of sales price.

  9. Tickets may not be sold to or redeemed by minors under the age of 18.

  10. The holder of a winning ticket may win in only one prize category per play board and shall be paid the prize in the highest category won.


Mega Millions Game Rules

A player must select five numbers between 1 and 75 and then select one number (the Mega Ball) between 1 and 15. The cost for one play is $1. A player may select each set in one of three ways: by verbally communicating the numbers to the retailer, by completing a playslip or by requesting a “Quick Pick.” A Quick Pick is a computerized randomly-selected set of numbers available through the Draw Games terminal. Mega Millions is drawn twice a week – Tuesday and Friday -at approximately 9:59 p.m. The more numbers the player matches to those drawn, the more he or she wins.

How to play Mega Millions using a playslip

  1. The playslip has five play boards (“A” through “E”). You may play 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 boards. You must play five numbers in the top portion and one number, the Mega Ball, in the bottom portion of each board. Each board contains two sets of numbers. The top portion is numbered from 1 through 75 and the bottom portion is numbered from 1 through 15. Cost per board is $1.

  2. Select five numbers in the top portion and one number, the Mega Ball, in the bottom portion by placing a heavy [l] in each box, beginning with board A. If you want the terminal to select the numbers randomly for you, mark the box next to “QP” for “Quick Pick.” If you make a mistake, mark the “VOID” box on that board and select your numbers on the next board.

  3. Use only a blue or black pen or use a pencil for marking selections. The terminal will not accept red ink.

  4. To play your numbers for more than one drawing at a time, mark the appropriate box on the left side of the playslip under “MULTIDRAW.” This will play only your selections in boards “A” through “E” for that number of drawings.

  5. You can play Mega Millions for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 15 drawings.

How to play Mega Millions verbally

At the discretion of the retailer, Mega Millions may be played by making a verbal request for a ticket. The player must provide the clerk with the following information:

  1. The dollar amount to be played;
  2. The numbers to be played - either player-selected or “Quick Pick;” and
  3. The number of draws to be played.

Mega Millions tickets CANNOT be canceled.

Jackpot winners have 60 days from the claiming date to declare whether they would like their payments in CASH (equal to approximately 50 percent of the estimated, advertised jackpot) or ANNUITY (the advertised jackpot amount paid in 26 annual payments).

The set prize amounts are based on an expected number of winners. In some cases, these prizes may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis, which will be lower than the published prize levels.

Prizes are approximately 50 percent of sales. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 14.7 for each $1 played.

Megaplier - General Rules

Choosing the Megaplier® feature for an extra $1 per playboard can increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times their normal value. To play, the "Y" or YES box next to"Megaplier" must be marked to select this feature for all playboards on the playslip. The Megaplier number will be chosen from a field of 15 numbers according to the following frequency: six "5s", three “4s”, four “3s” and two “2s”. If the Megaplier feature is chosen, any non-jackpot prize won on a Mega Millions play will be multiplied by that drawings Megaplier number. For example, if a ticket is a $5,000 winner on Mega Millions and the Megaplier number drawn is 4, the ticket would be worth $20,000 ($5,000 x 4) if the Megaplier feature was selected. To win the Mega Millions Megaplier, a Mega Millions ticket must be a prize winner between $1 and $1 million, and it must be labeled, “MEGAPLIER – YES” (meaning it is a Megaplier ticket).


Selling Hours

All Draw Games are available for purchase from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Club Keno until 1:52 a.m.) seven days a week at any Draw Games retailer, except during Draw Breaks.

Draw Breaks

The process of selecting winning numbers for each game is referred to as a “Drawing” or “Draw.” A “Draw Break” is when sales are suspended for a particular game so that the wagers for that “Drawing” may be balanced and the winning numbers drawn. The draw breaks for each game are listed below:

 
DRAW BREAK
Pick 3, Pick 4
12:45 p.m. – 12:59 p.m. & 8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
Show Me Cash
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. daily
Lotto
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
Powerball
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
Mega Millions
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday
Club Keno
Every 4 minutes starting at 5 a.m. each day


How to Check Your Numbers

  1. Watch the televised drawing on your local Lottery station or check local newspapers or radio stations.

  2. Check with your Lottery retailer for the winning numbers. Request a winning numbers report or check tickets at a Check-A-Ticket machine.

  3. Visiting the Winning Numbers page on this website.

  4. Subscribe to the Lottery’s FREE daily Winning Numbers email newsletter.

  5. Call the Lottery hot line nearest you to hear a recorded message of the current winning numbers:

    Jefferson City – (573) 751-1111
    Kansas City – (816) 795-0203
    Springfield – (417) 888-4271
    St. Louis – (314) 340-5805

  6. Visit the nearest Lottery regional office in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield or Kansas City.

  7. Request numbers by postal mail or e-mail.

    Send appropriate return postage to:
    Winning Numbers
    Missouri Lottery
    P.O. Box 1603
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603

    Comprehensive list: 11 first-class postage stamps
    Current-year List: One first-class postage stamp

    Request an email attachment of these lists at webmail@molottery.com.

  8. Sign up through the My Lottery Players Club to receive Winning Numbers free via text messaging.


How to Claim Your Prize

Claim winning tickets up to and including $600 at any Draw Games retail location.

Claim winning tickets of more than $600 at Missouri Lottery redemption centers or by mailing in your ticket with a completed claim form. A claim form must accompany winning tickets of more than $600. A claim form is available at any Lottery retailer or here on our website.

Mailing Instructions

  1. The claimant's name, address, telephone number and signature must be on the back of the ticket.

  2. The Lottery suggests that the claimant makes and retains a photocopy of both the front and back of the ticket for their personal records.

  3. If the prize is more than $600, a completed claim form, which is available from a Lottery retailer, at Lottery regional offices or through the Lottery’s website, must accompany the ticket. A copy of the completed claim form should be made and retained by the claimant.

  4. The claim form and original ticket should be mailed to:

    Ticket Redemption
    Missouri Lottery
    P.O. Box 7777
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-7777

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