Area lottery retailers continue to move tickets at a brisk pace, according to figures from the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

It is an active time for the lottery as 2022 begins, with several new games launching this month, including a daily drawing.

For the three-month period from Oct. 2 to Jan. 1, Alcorn County had total sales of $1,275,944. Prizes redeemed totaled $738,603 in the county.

Sales among the more than a dozen retailers in Alcorn County appear to be holding fairly steady. At the launch of the lottery in November 2019 into the following April, the county had ticket sales of just over $1.5 million.

For the recent three-month period, Tishomingo County had the most sales among neighboring counties at $922,656, with winnings in the county totaling $495,918. Prentiss County had sales of $782,484 with winnings of $452,313, and Tippah County had sales of $717,286 with winnings of $384,424.

Notable recent wins from the area include:

An Iuka $5,000 winner on a Double Your Money scratch-off game purchased from Crossroads One Stop, Hwy. 25, Iuka

An Iuka $2,000 winner on a 50x the Cash scratch-off game purchased from Wiley Discount Tobacco and Beverages, Battleground Drive, Iuka

A Corinth $1,000 winner on a $200,000 Fortune scratch-off game purchased from T-Mart #7, Hwy. 72 E., Corinth

A Tishomingo County $1,000 winner on a 50x the Cash scratch-off game purchased from 72 Express, Hwy. 72, Burnsville

A Booneville $800 winner on a Mississippi Match 5 ticket purchased from Blue Sky #710, South Second St., Booneville

A Booneville $1,000 winner on a Mega Millions ticket purchased from T-Mart #11, Ripley Rd., Baldwyn

A Belmont $2,000 winner on a $200,000 Fortune scratch-off game purchased from Mimi Texaco 1, Second St., Belmont

The lottery is enticing players with some new game offerings for the new year. A new daily draw game, Cash 4, with a top prize of $5,000, begins on Monday.

Players choose a four-digit number from 0000 to 9999 or choose the Quick-Pick option, with the terminal randomly selecting four numbers. The game also offers the choice of 13 different play types. Ticket prices are 50 cents or $1 dollar.

Cash 4 drawings will be daily each evening at the same time as Cash 3 with winning numbers posted at mslotteryhome.com at approximately 10 p.m.

Three new scratch-off games became available this week – Triple It, a $1 game with prizes up to $5,000; I Heart Cash, a $2 game with prizes up to $15,000; and Win It All, a $10 game with prizes up to $200,000.

Scratch-off games account for about 82 percent of the lottery’s sales, with the rest being the draw-style games.

The most recent transfer of lottery funds to the state treasury totaled $9.95 million in November, the latest reported month, bringing the FY 2022 proceeds to $54.3 million. The first $80 million annually goes to infrastructure, with additional funds after $80 million going to education.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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