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.
On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the Lottery introduced a new daily draw game, Cash 3, and on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, a fourth draw game, Match 5, was launched, with draws three times per week.
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). The Lottery has been a hit with players, who have driven revenue above predicted targets, benefiting roads, bridges and education in the state.
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 a Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) partnership with WJTV—Jackson and its sister station WHLT in Hattiesburg.
MS Lottery tickets for in-state games may currently only be purchased in person from an authorized retailer. However, players who live outside the US are able to participate in multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions via an online lottery concierge service.
Mississippi Lottery Drawing Schedule
How late can you buy lottery tickets in MS? The table below lists all the draw times - there's always a chance to win around the corner, whether for a multi-state or in-state game. Check your numbers after the draw to discover if you're a winner!
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Wednesday & Saturday||9:59 PM||8:54 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||10:00 PM||-|
|Cash 3||Daily||9:50 PM||-|
|Match 5||Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday||10:00 PM||-|
|*Times are shown in CT.|
On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the Lottery introduced a new daily three-digit draw game, Cash 3, with eight ways to win, a top prize of $500 and wagers starting at just $0.50. Draws are held every night at approximately 9:50 pm CT and the winning numbers are available here soon afterward.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the MS Lottery launched its fourth draw game, Match 5. The newest in-state game costs $2 per play and features a $50,000 starting jackpot that rolls over with each draw until a lucky winner takes it home by matching all five numbers drawn. The Multiplier add-on for $1 more increases wins below the jackpot by as much as 5X. Draws take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at about 10:00 PM CT and you can check your tickets shortly afterward.
Mississippi players enjoy a wide variety of scratch-off games, and new instant win games are introduced every month. The Lottery also holds second-chance drawings, where players can enter a non-winning instant ticket for another shot at scoring a cash prize.
The Lottery plans to introduce a four-digit draw game in the future but so far has not released further information.
Claiming Mississippi Lottery Prizes
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.
Prizes of $600 to $99,999 may be claimed by mail or in person MLC Headquarters.
If you've been lucky enough to win $100,000 or more, you will need to visit MLC Headquarters in person.
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 of $600-$99,999, fill out and sign the back of the orginal ticket and send it to the address below. The following documents are required:
- Original signed ticket
- Completed winner 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.