The Mississippi Lottery is searching for the winner of a unclaimed $50,000 Powerball ticket sold in Tishomingo County.

Director of Communications Meg Annison confirmed Thursday the winning ticket was purchased during the last week at the 72 Express on Highway 72 in Burnsville. The winner matched four numbers and the Powerball to win.

There is also a $50,000 ticket purchased in Tupelo that has gone unclaimed.

In Wednesday’s Powerball drawing alone, more than 4.4 million tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million.

“These high, rolling jackpots have generated a lot of excitement with our players,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “This is the first time players purchasing tickets in Mississippi have experienced jackpots at such levels since we started selling Mega Millions and Powerball last year.”

A single ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers to win the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. Based on final ticket sales, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $731.1 million at the time of the drawing with a cash option of $546.8 million. The lucky ticket holder will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $731.1 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment of $546.8 million. Both prize options are before taxes.

Mega Millions jackpot is up to $970 million for the Friday drawing, while the next Powerball drawing set for Saturday night is now at $20 million.

The Mississippi Lottery also recently completed its December transfer of $9,828,078.61 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury.

This brings the total net proceeds for 2021 to $51,453,200.15 to pay for transportation needs around the state.

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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