Back in early February, the Mississippi Lottery searched for the winner of an unclaimed $50,000 Powerball ticket. That winner – a Tishomingo County man – finally stepped forward with the winning ticket.

Over the last 35 days, more than $1.1 million in winnings have been awarded to Mississippi Lottery players in Alcorn, Tishomingo, Tippah and Prentiss counties.

In that same time period, local players spent $1.8 million on scratch-off games and lottery tickets.

Tishomingo County players have faired well over the last few months.

A Tishomingo woman won $50,000 on a Mega Ca$h scratch-off game purchased on March 15 from Express Mart in Belmont, while the Sprint Mart on West Quitman Street in Iuka sold an $800 Mega Millions ticket to a Burnsville man on March 9.

In early February, the lottery corporation searched for the winner of an unclaimed $50,000 Powerball ticket. That winner – a Tishomingo County man – finally stepped forward with the winning ticket. He had purchased the ticket from 72 Express in Burnsville back in January.

Another local winner from Tippah County won $1,000 on March 8 after purchasing a Winter Winnings scratch-off game at Love’s Travel Stop in Walnut.

After almost a year of lottery proceeds going to MDOT for road and bridge projects, a deposit was recently made to support Mississippi education.

With February’s transfer of proceeds, the lottery corporation exceeded the $80 million mark set by lawmakers. This allows for the remaining lottery proceed funds this year to help fund education programs.

According to law, the first $80 million in net proceeds go to road and bridge needs around the state for 10 years. Net proceeds over $80 million go to the Education Enhancement Fund.

Education funds are scheduled to receive $25 million in lottery proceeds during the 2022 fiscal year.

Just around the corner, the lottery will launch a new draw-style game called Mississippi Match 5.

The game, set to launch on April 28, will have drawings three nights per week with a starting jackpot of $50,000. Winning numbers will be drawn Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Mississippi players have been looking forward to a ‘pick-5’ style game, and we are pleased to add it to our game mix,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “It features a rolling jackpot; each time no one matches all five numbers, the jackpot increases and rolls to the next drawing similar to Powerball and Mega Millions.”

Players choose five numbers (from 1-35) or opt for the quick-pick option, which permits the terminal to choose the numbers. Each play costs $2. For an additional $1 per play, players can select the multiplier feature that multiplies non-jackpot winning prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. Prizes may be won by matching some or all of the numbers drawn and range in value from a free ticket to the jackpot.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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