Mega Millions Jackpot Run Resulted in $12.1 Million for Missouri Education

January 19, 2023 | Lottery Sales

Jefferson City, MO (January 18, 2023) — While the country’s second-highest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was won last Friday in Maine, the 26-drawing run created big winners in Missouri, too. The jackpot run – which started with the Oct. 16 drawing and ended on Jan. 13 – translated into more than $6.7 million in prizes for Missouri Lottery players, $1.4 million in commissions for retailers, and more than $12.1 million to the Lottery’s beneficiary – public education.

“That’s $12.1 million directly from Mega Millions sales during this jackpot run that will go to elementary, secondary and higher education programs in the state,” said Lester Elder, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.

Closing on a high note, the final drawing on Jan. 13 produced a $1 million winning ticket in Blue Springs, as well as two $10,000 winning tickets sold in Missouri.

In all, the run generated a Missouri Lottery ticket worth $2 million, two worth $1 million, one with a $40,000 prize and 10 others that won prizes of $10,000 each.

ould always check their tickets closely. Even if you didn’t win millions of dollars, there is always a chance you won one of the game’s other prize levels,” Elder added.

Draw Games winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. In this case, winners have between April 16 and July 12, depending on the drawing date on their ticket.

The estimated jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing is $20 million.

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When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward! Lottery proceeds make up approximately 3-4% of the state’s funding for public education. In FY22, the Lottery generated $400 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships.

Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $7.5 billion for the state and public education, Lottery players have won more than $18.6 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.7 billion in commissions.

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