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.
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.
The Missouri House took only an hour to debate and pass the state's budget for next year. The $23 billion spending plan holds K-through-12 spending in place while cutting higher education funding by seven percent. The full Missouri House is scheduled to take up the state budget the week of March 28th, right after lawmakers return from spring break.
A task force focused on rural Missouri crime has recovered more than $2.5 million worth of stolen property in the past year and a half.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an initial autopsy of 27 year-old Adrienne Martin did not reveal any signs of disease. St. Louis County medical examiner Dr. Mary Case, also said that Martin's cremation won't hurt the investigation of her death. Martin was found dead Dec. 19 in the Huntleigh home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV. Case says tissue samples were taken from Martin's organs to help determine the cause of her death.
An Illinois appeals court will decide whether imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan will be able to visit his ailing wife. Lura Lynn Ryan is in intensive care suffering complications from chemotherapy. The ex-governor's attorneys asked the court to release him yesterday in an emergency motion.
The Missouri lottery is moving its evening drawings back more than two hours so more people will have time buy tickets. Sales currently end at 6:45 p.m. for the daily drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Show Me Cash, and for Missouri lotto on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Starting Monday, sales for the drawings will end at 8:59 p.m., and the Lottery says numbers will be drawn between then and 9:15 p.m.