The Mississippi Lottery launched on November 25th, 2019 when scratch-off tickets went on sale across the state. Draw games soon followed, with ticket sales for Mega Millions and Powerball starting on January 30th, 2020 - more games are due to launch in the future. Currently, a wide variety of scratch-off games are also available, and more instant win games are introduced every month.
The Magnolia State had previously been one of the few locations where it was not possible to play any type of lottery, until a bill was passed in August 2018 that paved the way for the establishment of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC).
You can check your numbers for Powerball and Mega Millions below. Some Mississippi residents are also able to watch the drawings live on TV due to an MLC partnership with WJTV—Jackson and its sister station WHLT in Hattiesburg.
The Powerball draw takes place every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 pm CT. The Mega Millions draw is held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 pm CT.
Claiming Mississippi Lottery Prizes
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there have been some changes in the way you claim prizes in Mississppi. You can find updates on our dedicated Coronavirus Lottery Updates page.
For draw games, the deadline to claim a prize is 180 days from the winning draw date; for instant games, the prize must be claimed within 90 days from the date the game ended. Allow ample time for the Lottery to receive your claim before the deadline; a postmark is not sufficient.
Winners may claim prizes under $600 at any authorized retailer, or mail the signed ticket to the lottery - see details below.
Prizes between $600 and $99,999 must be redeemed by mail.
Have you won $100,000 or more? Make an appointment to claim at lottery headquarters in Flowood between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 601-500-0482. The address is:
Mississippi Lottery Corporation
1080 River Oaks Drive
Flowood, MS 39232.
Prizes larger than $600 are subject to federal and state taxes, and withholdings may also occur for certain debts.
For any questions regarding games or numbers, get in touch with the Player Services Hotline at 601-487-1355 and choose option 2.
Claim a prize by mail
To redeem a prize under $600, fill out and sign the back of the ticket and send it to the address below.
Prizes of $600-$99,999 must to be claimed by mail. The following documents are required:
- Original signed ticket
- Completed winner claim form claim form
- Copy of photo ID that verifies your name, signature, age, and Social Security Number
Mississippi Lottery Corporation
P.O. Box 321462
Flowood, MS 39232
About the Mississippi Lottery
The MLC was created following the passage of the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law through the State Legislature in 2018.
The lottery has boosted Mississippi’s economy significantly. As of June 2020, the Lottery had transferred $60,006,706.47 to the State Treasury Lottery Proceeds Fund since tickets went on sale on November 25, 2019.
Lottery proceeds have already exceeded estimates of $40 million in the first year, and are quickly closing in on the $80 million that was projected for year two.
In the Lottery's first 10 years, proceeds up to $80 million annually have been earmarked for state roads and bridges to match federal funding. After the 10-year period, revenue up to $80 million will be sent to the State’s General Fund.
Any further revenue over $80 million per year will go to the Education Enhancement Fund, which contributes to early childhood education and classroom supplies.
Mississippi's first big lottery prize was a $2 million Mega Millions win by a woman from Gautier in the June 9, 2020 drawing. The lucky player chose to remain anonymous, but she did reveal that “When we heard the Mississippi Lottery was coming to Mississippi, I said I’d be the first to win!”
Players must be at least 21 years old to purchase Lottery tickets in Mississippi.
Winners have the choice to stay anonymous in the state; the Mississippi Lottery will not make a winner's identity public without written permission.
Lottery winnings are subject to state and federal taxes, which are automatically wittheld from payouts of $600 or more. The winner is responsible for taxes on amounts under $600.