A Walnut woman is $20,000 richer after hitting it big on a Mississippi Lottery ticket.

Tammy J. from Tippah County got lucky on a White Hot 5s scratch-off ticket purchased at the Shell Sprint Mart at 2609 US 72 in Corinth located just east of the US 45 interchange.

It is the first major price sold by a Alcorn County retailer since the lottery launched last November. Prior to that winner, the county’s largest win came in the form of a $4,000 hit on a Double Doubler scratch-off ticket. So far countywide sales have totaled more than $2.7 million with around $1.5 million in payouts.

The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently announced a slate of highway maintenance projects funded by lottery proceeds.

“These projects will make our highways safer and make Mississippi a better place to live and work,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “All of our projects, whether pavement overlays or bridge replacements, help ensure the businesses and people of Mississippi have efficient and reliable infrastructure for travel and transport of goods and services.”

Local projects funded by lottery proceeds include a $2.3 million contract awarded to W.G. Construction Company, Inc., of Ripley, for a nearly 10-mile mill and overlay project on State Route 4 from State Route 371 to the Tishomingo County line in Prentiss County.

A project in Alcorn County was approved, however lottery proceeds will not be used by the state to complete the work. The project totals more than $469,000 and was awarded to Key, LLC, of Madison, for bridge maintenance along US 45 in Alcorn County.

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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