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‘I will probably scream if I win’: Lottery tickets now on sale in Mississippi

Mississippi Lottery scratch-off tickets sales began today. A celebration was held at the RaceWay on Highway 18 in south Jackson. Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Escorted from a vehicle by an Elvis impersonator, a brass band playing music and surrounded by members of the Sweet Potato Queens, State Rep. Alyce Clarke purchased two scratch-off lottery tickets Monday morning.

She wasn’t the first lottery ticket buyer, but Clarke ceremonially kicked off the start of Mississippi’s lottery with lawmakers, state lottery officials and others at the Raceway gas station on Mississippi 18 West in Jackson.

Scratch-off lottery tickets went on sale Monday. Powerball and Mega Million lottery tickets go on sale in January.

Ricky Singh, owner of the Raceway gas station, said of the lottery: “I’m very excited. This is the best thing that could have happened to Mississippi.”

Clarke, D-Jackson, was a leading proponent of a state lottery and pushed for the state to create one for more than 20 years. The state’s lottery law is named in honor of Clarke.

“I’m proud Mississippi has a lottery,” Clarke said. “I’m proud the money will go to infrastructure and education.”

Clarke borrowed a couple dollars from a lottery official to buy her tickets.

Customers flooded into the Raceway early Monday to buy scratch-off lottery tickets.

Velma Myers of Yazoo was one of the many people at Raceway buying tickets.

“I want to win the first day,” Myers said.

And if she wins, Myers said “I will probably scream I guess.”

But Myers said the most important thing is that the lottery is a win for Mississippi.

State Rep. Michael Ted Evans, D-Preston, said he left home at 3 a.m. to attend the lottery ceremony at Raceway.

“I feel good about us passing this for Mississippi,” Evans said, after he purchased lottery tickets.

About 1,200 retailers across the state are selling lottery tickets. Retailers range from traditional convenience stores, convenience stores with gas, grocery stores, tobacco stores, casinos and even barber shops. Approved retailers successfully submitted applications, cleared background and credit checks, attended retailer training and received lottery equipment, lottery officials said.

From start to finish, the approval process on average for a retailer takes approximately 30 days.

Four types of scratch-off tickets are being sold initially. Purchasers must be 21 or older. The cost and type of tickets are:

  • $1: 3 Time Lucky
  • $2: Triple 777
  • $2: Happy Holidays Y’all
  • $5: $100,000 Jackpot

For the next decade, up to $80 million a year from lottery proceeds will help fund state roads and bridges or to match federal infrastructure money. Any revenue above $80 million would go to public education, the Education Enhancement Fund.

After decades of debate, lawmakers in a summer special session last year approved a state lottery. It’s expected to net the state about $40 million the first year, then $80 million to $100 million a year thereafter.

Retailers keep 6% of lottery ticket sales.

State Rep. Alyce G. Clarke, D-Jackson, purchased scratch-off lottery game sold on Monday, Nov.25, 2019 at the Raceway on Highway 18 in south Jackson. (Photo: Sarah Warnock, Clarion Ledger)

Mississippi's lottery is expected to net the state about $40 million the first year, then $80 million to $100 million a year thereafter.

How to find which stores are selling lottery tickets at launch

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Lottery tickets are officially on sale in Mississippi, and everyone wants to be the first to hit a big jackpot.

A whopping 1,152 stores in the state have lottery tickets for sale as of Monday’s launch, including dozens just within Jackson. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to find them at any store. Here’s all the stores in Jackson where you can buy tickets:

  • AR ONESTOP LLC, 1601 E COUNTY LINE ROAD
  • BAILEY FUEL EXPRESS INC, 1006 BAILEY AVE.
  • BLUESKY STORE #6374611 I-55 NORTH AT NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • BLUESKY STORE #650, 1035 EAST COUNTY LINE ROAD
  • CEFCO CONVENIENCE STORE #54, 3700 LAKELAND DRIVE
  • CHUKSTOP FOOD MART CONVENIENCE STORE, 3165 ROBINSON ST.
  • CIRCLE K STORE #2723738, 1264 HIGH ST.
  • CIRCLE K STORE #2723742, 7442 SIWELL ROAD
  • CIRCLE K STORE #2723745, 6154 OLD CANTON ROAD
  • COLONIAL MART SHELL, 5624 OLD CANTON ROAD
  • CR FOOD MART, 3910 HANGING MOSS ROAD
  • D’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2725 N. WEST ST.
  • ED’S CITGO, 1467 S. GALLATIN
  • EXXON FOOD & GAS, 970 N STATE ST.
  • FAST FILL #5 LLC, 455 BRIARWOOD DRIVE
  • FAST LANE NORTHSIDE, 1157 E NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • FLEETWAY 137, 4990 I-55 NORTH
  • FUEL TIME #7, 3630 W NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • FUEL TIME 2, 410 BEASLEY ROAD
  • FUEL TIME 4, 4556 N SIWELL ROAD STE B
  • FUEL TIME 5, 1133 RAYMOND ROAD
  • GURKHAS LLC, 5300 N STATE ST.
  • H & R RACEWAY LLC, 5785 HWY 18
  • HWY 80 ONE STOP LLC., 4020 HWY 80 WEST
  • INDLAND FOOD STORE, 3155 TERRY ROAD
  • J & A FUEL STORES, INC, 3249 MEDGAR EVERS BLVD.
  • J & I & R RACEWAY LLC, 4615 CLINTON BLVD.
  • JAS PETRO STATE ST., 1302 N STATE ST.
  • JAZZ EXXON, 5491-A WATKINS DRIVE
  • JJ’S FOOD MART, 4498 W. NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • JPK FOOD & FUEL, 4501 TERRY ROAD
  • KD FOOD MART, 455 DANIEL LAKE BLVD.
  • MCDOWELL ROAD CITGO, 111 E MCDOWELL ROAD
  • MEGAR TEXACO FOOD MART, 4414 MEDGAR EVERS BLVD.
  • MIDWEST, 1503 W. MCDOWELL ROAD
  • MOTI LLC, 5673 HWY 18
  • MURPHY OIL USA #8543, 6394 RIDGEWOOD ROAD
  • MURPHY OIL USA- #5736, 2709 GREENWAY DRIVE
  • ONE STOP GAS, 569 NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • PROMISE GAS & GROCERY, 3210 HWY 80 WEST
  • PSRNV LLC, 5596 LYNCH ST.
  • RAVINDER FOOD & GAS, 3720 SIWELL ROAD
  • SANDY’S MARATHON, 1780 S. GALLATIN
  • SARB FOOD MART, 1255 N WEST ST.
  • SHAKTI FOOD AND GAS, 1675 RAYMOND ROAD
  • SHER FOOD MART, 5308 CLINTON BLVD.
  • SKS FOOD MART, LLC, 5318 CLINTON BLVD.
  • SOUTHLAND GROCERY & GAS, 3320 MEDGER EVERS BLVD.
  • SPEEDOO FOOD & GAS, 275 RAYMOND ROAD
  • SPRINT MART #102, 5700 MEDGAR EVERS BLVD.
  • SPRINT MART #103, 2899 MCDOWELL ROAD
  • SPRINT MART #107, 4301 NORTH STATE ST.
  • SPRINT MART #118, 1263 HIGH ST.
  • SPRINT MART #119, 1015 EAST NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • SPRINT MART #121, 4962 HWY. 80 WEST
  • SPRINT MART #122, 4775 CLINTON BLVD.
  • SPRINT MART #123, 1200 E. NORTHSIDE DRIVE
  • SPRINT MART #124, 1403 LAKELAND DRIVE
  • SPRINT MART #129, 411 MCDOWELL ROAD
  • SUNNY FOOD MART, 2710 MEDGAR EVER S BLVD.
  • SUPERMART, 4716 N STATE ST.
  • SUPERMART CITGO, 5100 N STATE ST.

Currently, stores are selling scratch tickets. Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets will go on sale Jan. 30, 2020.

To check which stores near you have tickets, click here.

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Lottery tickets are officially on sale in Mississippi, and everyone wants to be the first to hit a big jackpot.