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.
The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a plan that would cut the amount of money available for state lottery prizes to increase funding for state-run veterans homes.
The legislation would reduce lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission. Gaming Commission money now used for early childhood education would instead go to veterans' homes.