State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, advances an interesting proposition: eliminate the Missouri State Lottery. More than 40 states have lotteries; and 23, including Missouri, use the funds to finance K through 12 education.
His plan is to place a referendum on the 2016 ballot for the voters to decide.
Someone is holding a $2.7 million winning Missouri Lotto ticket, but lottery officials don't yet know who the lucky person is.
The Lotto ticket purchased at a QuikTrip in the St. Louis County town of Florissant matched all six numbers in the drawing from Saturday. The winning numbers are 14, 20, 21, 24, 25 and 35.
There were other winners over the weekend, too. Lottery officials say someone in Hannibal won $250,000 playing Mega Millions on Friday, and a $232,000 Show Me Cash ticket was sold Saturday in St. Louis.
Lottery officials said Tuesday that 62-year-old Steven Niemczyk bought the winning ticket for the July 21 Lotto drawing at a convenience store in St. Louis. The winning numbers were 2, 13, 14, 15, 19 and 38.
The lottery says Niemczyk has chosen to receive the prize in 25 annual installments.
The winner has yet to come forward, but Missouri Lottery officials say someone is holding a ticket worth $2.7 million.
Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at a QuikTrip on Gravois Road for the July 21 Missouri Lotto drawing. The winning numbers were 2, 13, 14, 15, 19 and 38.
The winner is encouraged to sign the back of the ticket, then put it in a safe place before taking it to one of the four Lottery offices in the state to claim the prize. Those offices are in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Jefferson City.
Officials at the Missouri Lottery have no strategy to generate an additional $35 million that legislative budget writers and Gov. Jay Nixon's administration had hoped would help avoid cuts to government services.
A Lottery spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that its goal is to generate about $289 million for education during the fiscal year that began July 1. That would be an increase of little more than 3 percent from last year.
For the third time this year, an eastern Missouri man has won a substantial prize in the Missouri Lottery.
Lottery officials say Ronald Cordsiemon Sr. of Elsberry's latest prize is a $20,000 winner for the "Silver Anniversary" scratchers game, purchased at a Casey's General Store in Elsberry. He also won a $100,000 Lottery prize in January and $610 playing Lotto.
Luck apparently runs in the family. Cordsiemon's son won a $50,000 Lottery prize Christmas Day last year.