November 2, 2017

Illinois resident claims $50,000 prize in Mo Lottery

A $3 Missouri Lottery ticket is bringing "Warm Winter Winnings" to a Chester, Illinois, resident. Donald Ruch purchased his Scratchers ticket from Midwest Petroleum, 12451 N. Highway 5 in Perryville, and later uncovered a $50,000 top prize.

"Warm Winter Winnings" is the $3 Scratchers game introduced for the holiday season. Players can enter any holiday-themed Scratchers tickets and eligible Draw Games into the Lottery’s "Second Chance of a Lifetime: Cruise into the Holidays" promotion for a chance to win cruise-themed trips to France, Alaska or the Caribbean, among other prizes.

The Missouri Lottery reminds players not to give Lottery tickets as gifts for children under 18 years old.

About the Missouri Lottery (

In 1984, more than 70 percent of Missouri voters approved a lottery. Currently, the Lottery is the sixth-largest source of state income, and more than 95 cents of every dollar spent on the Lottery benefits Missouri. Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $5.8 billion for the state and public education, and annual Lottery proceeds make up approximately 4 percent of the state’s funding for public education. Lottery players have won more than $13.1 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.3 billion in commissions. Each year, the Lottery generates more than $286 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships. When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward!