Mega Millions & Powerball sales exceed expectations on day one

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets went on sale in Mississippi on Thursday, and sales exceeded expectations.

The first ticket was purchased by Senator Philip Moran during a ceremony on the Mississippi Coast at Keith’s Superstore on the Pass Christian Harbor, and after that, many Mississippi residents followed his lead.

“Yesterday was another incredible day for Mississippi,” said Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) 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.”

With more than 1,500 approved retailers on board, the system activated at 3 a.m. (CST).

“We are extremely grateful for our loyal retailer base and players as we moved forward with our mission to raise needed revenue for roads, bridges and education,” Shaheen continued.

Until 2028, the first $80 million of revenue from the lottery each year will be put toward infrastructure, and anything further will be placed in the state’s ‘Education Enhancement Fund’.

Drawings for Mega Millions occur on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:00 p.m. CST. 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.