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Two Mississippi Lottery players scooped up two incredible prizes in one day, breaking the state's record for the largest prizes won in two different lottery games.
On Wednesday, a $4 million Mega Millions prize and a nearly $1 million Match 5 prize were claimed in Mississippi.
The two prize claims set the state of Mississippi record for the largest prizes won in both games since the state began selling lottery tickets in 2019.
A lottery player from Hinds County made a choice for the Jan. 3 Mega Millions drawing that would guarantee her place in history as the first lottery player in Mississippi to win a $4 million reward in the game.
The unnamed woman elected to use a Quick Pick for this drawing even though she usually picks her own numbers. She did stick to her customary practice of adding the $1 Megaplier option on her ticket, though.
The game's second-tier $1 million prize was won by her ticket because it contained the five white ball numbers 25, 29, 33, 41, and 44. However, the drawn Megaplier number doubled her prize to make it worth $4 million. There were 18 Mega Balls.
It wasn't just the biggest Mega Millions victory from Mississippi; it was also the biggest win in the entire state.
At the time of the victory, Jeff Hewitt, president of the Mississippi Lottery, remarked, "We are happy to have such a huge win in Mississippi. "A Moss Point resident won the $1 million Mega Millions prize last week. The sum won in the drawing Friday night was the highest since the Mississippi Lottery launched in November of this year. The person who paid the extra dollar to select the Megaplier option quadrupled their $1 million prize to $4 million."
The Byram Chevron petrol station on South Siwell Road, where the unnamed winner purchased her exceptional ticket, received a $5,000 bonus commission for selling it.
A Clay County man won a $905,168 Match 5 jackpot on the same day as the lucky Mega Millions winner, which was also the greatest payout in the game's history. He claimed his prize the same day.
The Match 5 winner also used the Quick Pick option to purchase his ticket, as he does every few weeks when he buys several tickets. The winning ticket was purchased at the Sprint Mart on Highway 45 North in West Point.
"This is a fantastic win for one lucky Mississippi Lottery player," Hewitt said after the jackpot was won this week. "Mississippi Match 5 is a fan favourite, and we can't wait to congratulate the winner of this record-breaking jackpot."
After 25 drawings without a winner, that lucky player matched all five winning numbers to win the jackpot in the February 7 drawing, which was 1, 2, 8, 31, and 33.
The Match 5 winner also used the Quick Pick option to purchase his ticket, as he typically does whenever he purchases multiple tickets every few weeks. He purchased the winning ticket from Sprint Mart on Highway 45 North in West Point.
When the jackpot was reached this week, Hewitt said, "This is a tremendous prize for one lucky Mississippi Lottery player." Mississippi Match 5 is a player favourite, and we look forward to congratulating the lucky recipient of this record-breaking jackpot.
That fortunate person matched all five winning numbers to win the jackpot in the drawing on February 7 after the game went 25 drawings without a winner. The winning numbers were 1, 2, 8, 31, and 33.
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