Missouri was churning out lottery winners at a rapid rate in August, much to the delight of players all across the state.
The Missouri Lottery has always been a strong money maker for the state. In the 2022 fiscal year, the Lottery enjoyed nearly $1.8 billion in total sales, with over $400 million going to the state.
In August, there was another swath of lottery winners in Missouri. They included a woman who became a millionaire Aug. 4 in the Mega Millions drawing.
Who could sleep after winning $1 million?
The Missouri Lottery is celebrating 36 years in 2023. Unfortunately, players still can’t purchase Missouri online Lottery tickets. Maybe that will change if lawmakers are ever able to pass sports betting legislation in The Show Me State.
In early August, a woman in Henry County decided to check her Mega Millions numbers late at night. Her life changed in that instant.
The numbers she chose were the same numbers that appeared on the five white Mega Millions balls. Needless to say, she was instantly wide awake, she told Lottery officials.
“I only got two hours of sleep!”
When she first realized she had won, she asked for another opinion.
“I screamed for my husband to triple check.”
The five white balls matched her five numbers – 11, 30, 45, 52 and 56 – which made her a millionaire. She was one of nine $1 million winners in the Aug. 4 drawing. If she had also matched the No. 20 Mega Ball, she would have won $1.35 billion.
The Henry County winner plans to put part of the winnings toward her retirement.
Other major Missouri Lottery winners in August
There were so many wins in August, some players were even brought to tears.
“My husband never cries, and he got choked up.”
That is what one winner said after she and her husband raked in $122,000 after hitting a Show Me Cash jackpot on a Quick Pick ticket the couple bought from the Walmart at 1320 S. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield. Their numbers – 10, 23, 24, 27 and 31 – matched the five winning numbers, which led to the massive win. Now, the couple will go on vacation and retire in the next few months.
This was not the only big Show Me Cash winner in August. Another anonymous player won a jackpot worth $171,000 by matching all five numbers. Those numbers were 13, 15, 23, 26 and 28. That winning ticket was purchased at the Mobil at 707 N. Kingshighway Blvd. in St. Louis.
Another winner, this time in Buchanan County, won a $100,000 top prize from a 50X Lucky scratch ticket game. He purchased the ticket at Lakeside Mini Mart, which sits at 5701 S.W. Lakefront Lane in St. Joseph.
There was another Missouri Lottery millionaire in August. It was also the second time this year that a winning lottery ticket was sold at QuikTrip on 2791 Dunn Road in St. Louis. The most recent winner walked away with $1.3 million after matching all six numbers to lock in the jackpot prize. Those numbers were 3, 9, 10, 20, 34 and 41.
Winner of $2M couldn’t stop screaming
While some winners wept after realizing how their lives changed, others screamed for joy, like the man who won $2 million off of a scratch ticket.
“I couldn’t stop yelling and screaming in the car.”
The winning scratch ticket was bought at On The Run at 11109 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. The $2 million was the game’s top prize.
There were two other $100,000 winners in Missouri in August. One was playing the new Living Lucky with Luke Combs scratch ticket game after buying the scratcher at Bee Line Snack Shop at 39618 Highway 87 in Russellville. The other winner played the $2,000,000 Ultimate Cash! scratch ticket game that was purchased at Mule Express at 16282 State Highway 13 in Branson West.