Powerball, Mega Millions come to Mississippi

Jeffery Johnson bought his Powerball ticket  at Sprint Mart  #4141 and hopes to win it big. (Donna Summerall DTL)
Staff Writer

Thursday brought dreams of striking it rich with Powerball and Mega Millions lottery available for the first time in Mississippi.

Sprint Mart #4141 in West Point has Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets as of Thursday morning. The store was on the forefront of the lottery in November when it began.

"It was not as busy as we were expecting, but the sales have been steady," Amy West, assistant manager, said. "There wasn't as much advertising for the Powerball and Mega Millions as there was for the first time the lottery came in November. But Friday is payday and Saturday is the first of the month, so we are expecting it to be busy this weekend."

There wasn't as much training as there was to be ready for the lottery, according to West.

She, Sheena Coleman and Shevone Webb took part in the training.

"We were ready this morning to be slammed again," West said. "A lady came in first thing and asked if we knew when Powerball would start. We told her today. She volunteered to be the guinea pig and be the first Powerball customer. It was nice to do the first one without a long line waiting."

The first Powerball drawing will be Saturday at 9:59 p.m., then Saturdays and Wednesdays at 9:59 p.m. Mega Millions drawings will be Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:59 p.m.

"I've looked at the website and it doesn't have what television stations will carry the drawings," West said. "So we are telling people to watch their local stations to find out."

Jeffery Johnson bought a Powerball Ticket and allowed the machine to randomly pick his five numbers and Powerball number.

"I hope I win," Johnson said. "I need the money. If I win, I'll buy a new mobile home and rent out the one I have. Then I'll buy a brand new tractor. I'd like to take a trip, maybe two trips."

West said everyone at Sprint Mart is very excited to be part of Powerball and Mega Millions.

"When the jackpot climbs way up there, ticket sales will really take off," West said. "I think the first jackpot they will draw for Saturday is 40 million dollars. That is a lot of money. I'm glad Mississippi decided it was time to have a lottery."
Coleman said ticket sales for the scratch off lottery tickets are still going very well.

"We have people come in and buy anywhere from a two dollar ticket to a hundred dollars worth," Coleman said. "It has been keeping us busy. Now adding Powerball and Mega Millions, we will be having even more customers come in than before. But we're ready. We wish everyone good luck when they buy a lottery ticket."