JACKSON – The Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association  as its newest member to sell Powerball and Mega Millions., lottery officials announced on Friday. The MLC anticipates sales for both games to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

As the president of a member lottery, MLC President Tom Shaheen will join the MUSL Board of Directors and the Powerball Product Group as a voting member when sales commence.

“The anticipation is extremely high for these games in Mississippi,” Shaheen said. “We receive calls every day wanting to know when they will go on sale. It will be an exciting time for Mississippi. Players will no longer need to go over the border to play.”

The MLC will become the 46th U.S. lottery to sell both jackpot style games.  Drawings for both games occur twice per week and have had jackpots reaching more than $1 billion. Mississippians will soon have the opportunity for a chance to play big jackpots four times per week, as well as many secondary prizes.  

Powerbal® drawings occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The first $80 million of net lottery annual proceeds will go toward infrastructure needs around the state. After that 10-year period, lottery proceed collections up to $80 million will go into the state’s general fund. Any net proceeds over $80 million will be sent to the Education Enhancement Fund, which helps fund pre-k and the classroom supply fund.

On Friday, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation also announced they were now accepting applications for retailers across the state to sell lottery tickets.

“Over the last month, we have received a large number of calls from retailer operators around the state who are enthusiastic about coming on board to sell lottery tickets,” Shaheen said. “As the number of applications come in, our team will be working in overdrive to receive, process and validate the information in anticipation of our December 1 launch date for scratch-offs.”

Those interested in becoming part of the statewide, network of providers are required to complete the necessary documentation, submitting by mail. To access the application, please visit www.mslotteryhome.com, under the “Procurements & Personnel” tab.

Upon completion, please mail to MLC, P.O. Box 321433, Flowood, MS, 39232.

Tickets will be sold primarily in convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets, grocery stores, tobacco/beer stores, as well as a variety of other types of retail businesses. Licensed casinos are also applicable.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation was created in 2018 by the state legislature.

For more information, visit www.mslotteryhome.com.