Mississippi State Lottery Sold $2.4 million worth of Lottery Tickets in 24 Hours
Thursday November 28, 2019 07:33 am
The Lottery Lab Staff
Mississippi finally introduced their own state lottery. Mississippi state lottery successfully sold more than $2.5 million in scratch-off lottery ticket sales in its first 24 hours, as reported by the Official Lottery Website.
“We believe Mississippi has more than exceeded expectations,” stated Corp. President Tom Shaheen of Mississippi Lottery in a news release Tuesday. “We knew Mississippians were ready to play the lottery. We did not foresee the level of their excitement! Next, onto Powerball and Mega Millions!”
First winner of the state lottery
Wiggins Man, David Bond, 65, was the biggest winner on the first day of the lottery, successfully bagging $2,000. He played Triple 7s scratch-off lottery and won the prize. “I wasn’t going to go hunting at first,” stated Bond in the press release. “I went to town for supplies at the Jr Food Mart in Wiggins and bought five tickets, all Triple 7s. Then, I went hunting.” he scratched his $2 lottery ticket after returning home from hunting.
“I knew I won,” stated Bond. “I went back to the store and let the clerk run it through the machine. The first thing she told me was that I needed to sign the back of this ticket and go to Jackson.”
He said he’s happy with his winning Triple 7 ticket, not because he won something big, but it’s cool to be the first winner ever.
Approximately 1,200 retailers are selling lottery tickets in Mississippi
There are about 1,200 approved lottery retailers, located in about 82 counties, selling lottery tickets in Mississippi. They began selling lottery tickets at 5 AM, Monday. They successfully sold over $2.5 million worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. Robert Jones, a clerk at lottery retailer said, “We been busy as hell around here. It’s good that we have them here.”
Ricky Singh, owner of a gas station stated, “I’m very excited. This is the best thing that could have happened to Mississippi.” It’s estimated to net the state about $40 million the first year, then $80 million to $100 million a year thereafter. Retailers get to keep 6% of lottery ticket sales.
How to claim a lottery prize
There are some rules and procedures you need to follow to claim your winnings in Mississippi:
- Claim your instant game prizes within 90 calendar days of the announced end of the game.
- If your winning amount is $600 or less, you can claim it at any approved Mississippi Lottery Corporation retailer.
- If your winning amount is $600 to $99,999 or less, you can claim it at Mississippi Lottery Headquarters or by mail.
- To claim a winning amount worth $600 or more, you need to submit a winner claim form, proper identification, and the original winning ticket.
- Mail address for prize claiming:
Mississippi Lottery Corporation, P.O. Box 321462, Flowood, MS, 39232.
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