ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Baseball and the Powerball collided at Busch stadium with some Cardinals fans receiving a surprise on Wednesday.
The first 900 adult fans entering Busch stadium received a free Powerball ticket
The giveaway was part of a promotion aimed at giving the lottery more attention. Lottery officials also sold tickets outside the ballpark right up to the 8pm deadline.
“This is very convenient,” said one Cardinals fan. “I hope to be a millionaire.”
Many people wonder where the money from ticket sales goes. According to the Missouri Lotto, here’s the breakdown: Approximately 24.8% goes to education programs while 64.8% goes into prizes. 4.2% goes to administrative costs and 6.2% goes to retailers.
In 2012, St. Louis City education programs received $26,505,686 from lotto sales. St. Louis County education programs received $55,702,765 and St. Charles County education programs received $32,595,145.
Lotto officials also have the following information on help for anyone with a gambling problem.
• Remember Lottery games and other types of gambling activities are for entertainment only, not a way to make money;
• Decide on a loss limit prior to buying a Lottery ticket or participating in gambling activities, and stick to it;
• Never borrow money to gamble (using a credit card is a form of borrowing money);
• Remember there is no special method or ability that makes you have an advantage with games of chance, such as the Lottery;
• Gamble with money set aside for entertainment, never with money for everyday expenses;
• Make sure to include other forms of entertainment in your life; and
• Don’t gamble when highly stressed, depressed or troubled in any way.
If gambling becomes more than just a game for you or a loved one, there is help available. Please call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633) or visit 888betsoff.org.
Source: Responsible Gambling Council, responsiblegambling.org