- 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.
- Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the last winning draw date on the ticket.
- Purchased tickets are only valid for the dates shown on the ticket.
- 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.
- 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.
- Upon purchasing a ticket, the player agrees to abide by the Missouri Statutes and all rules and regulations of the Missouri Lottery.
- A ticket is a bearer instrument. It is recommended that the ticket be signed at the time of purchase.
- 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.
- Tickets may not be sold to or redeemed by minors under the age of 18.
- The holder of a winning ticket may win in only one prize category per $1 or 50-cent play board and shall be paid the prize in the highest category won.
Powerball Game Rules
A player must select five numbers between 1 and 59 and then select one number (the Powerball) between 1 and 35. The cost for one play is $2. 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. Powerball is drawn twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday - at approximately 9:59 p.m. The more numbers the player matches to those drawn, the more he or she wins.
How to play Powerball using a playslip
- 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 Powerball, in the bottom portion of each board. Each board contains two sets of numbers. The top portion is numbered from 1 through 59 and the bottom portion is numbered from 1 through 35. Cost per board is $2.
- Select five numbers in the top portion and one number, the Powerball, 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.
- Use only a blue or black pen or use a pencil for marking selections. The terminal will not accept red ink.
- 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.
- You can play Powerball for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 or 15 drawings.
How to play Powerball verbally
At the discretion of the retailer, Powerball may be played by making a verbal request for a ticket. The player must provide the clerk with the following information:
- The dollar amount to be played;
- The numbers to be played - either player-selected or “Quick Pick;” and
- The number of draws to be played.
Powerball 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 30 graduated 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 31.85 for each $2 ticket played.
Power Play® - General Rules
For an extra $1 per play, Powerball’s Power Play feature offers the chance to increase prizes from $4 to $1,000,000 two to four times their normal value. To win the Powerball Power Play, a Powerball ticket must be a prize winner between $4 and $1,000,000, and it must be labeled, “POWER PLAY – YES” (meaning it is a Power Play ticket). Winning Match 5 prize tickets with Power Play are worth $2,000,000.
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.
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:
|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
8:59 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
8:59 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday
Every 4 minutes starting at 5 a.m. each day
How to Check Your Numbers
- Watch for the numbers on TV stations, local newspapers or radio stations.
- Check with your Lottery retailer for the winning numbers. Request a winning numbers report or check tickets at a Check-A-Ticket machine.
- Visiting the Winning Numbers page on this website.
- Subscribe to the Lottery’s FREE daily Winning Numbers email newsletter.
- 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
- Visit the nearest Lottery regional office in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield or Kansas City.
- Request numbers by postal mail or e-mail.
Send appropriate return postage to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- The claimant's name, address, telephone number and signature must be on the back of the ticket.
- The Lottery suggests that the claimant makes and retains a photocopy of both the front and back of the ticket for their personal records.
- 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.
- The claim form and original ticket should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 7777
Jefferson City, MO 65102-7777