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.