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Waiting for the right time to play the Mississippi Lottery?

The reasonably new Mississippi Match 5 game is the perfect ticket.

Just over two months since launching the first state-only-based draw game, lottery officials are excited to see the slowly increasing jackpot amount now over half a million dollars.

“Excitement is swelling as the Mississippi Match 5 jackpot surges past half a million dollars,” said Mississippi Lottery Corporation President Tom Shaheen. “We are delighted with the enthusiasm our players are showing for this game.”

The game has lasted 25 drawings without a jackpot winner. To win a person needs to match all five numbers drawn. The next drawing is Tuesday night for $550,000.

The game’s first drawing was on April 29. The jackpot has only been hit once on May 1 for $55,000.

If there is no jackpot winner for the June 29 drawing, the estimated jackpot for the Thursday, July 1, drawing is anticipated to roll to $575,000. If the jackpot is hit, the new starting amount will be an estimated $50,000.

Two nationwide draw games also currently have large jackpots.

“Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is currently an estimated $61 million, while Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is currently an estimated $88 million,” said Shaheen.

With one month left in the fiscal year, the state lottery has already transferred more than $12.9 million to the Mississippi State Treasury.

According to the 2018 legislation that created the lottery, the first $80 million goes to MDOT to repair roads and bridges across the state, while any remaining dollars benefit education.

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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