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Mississippi Lottery rolls out Powerball and Mega Millions debut

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.”

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.