Mississippi Lottery rolls out Powerball and Mega Millions debut

Published 12:58 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

Surrounded by boats on the Mississippi Sound, Keith’s Superstore on the Pass Christian Harbor buzzed with excitement early Thursday morning as Sen. Philip Moran made a ceremonial purchase of both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.

The first multi-state draw games went on sale Jan. 30 in Mississippi. With more than 1,500 approved retailers on board, the system activated at 3 a.m.

“Yesterday was another incredible day for Mississippi,” said Mississippi Lottery Corporation President Tom Shaheen. “Powerball and Mega Millions combined sales were $516,986. This is slightly over double of what we expected for jackpots at the current levels. Mississippians sent a resounding message that they were glad both games are here.”

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Drawings for Mega Millions occur on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. The current jackpot amount is $155 million. Drawings for Powerball occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. The current Jackpot is $40 million. To watch the drawings live, visit www.mslotteryhome.com.