There are no online lotteries available in Mississippi. However, it is possible for residents of Mississippi to purchase tickets online via services such as WinTrillions, these services will purchase the tickets on behalf of the user. Unless a large amount is won, these services can pay the winnings directly into the users account. If the winning is large, the user may need to travel to the state to collect in person.
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Are There Legal Lotteries Available in Mississippi?
Mississippi has recently legalized a State Lottery. The first tickets are due to go on sale sometime toward the end of 2019. The introduction of a state lottery has faced opposition from religious groups, but many feel that the revenue generated can be used to help put some well-needed funds back into the education system and other areas of infrastructure in the state. Up until now, residents of Mississippi have had to either travel across state lines to purchase tickets, or use an online service that essentially allows for someone else to buy a ticket for them, such as WinTrillions. Residents are able to view lottery results and upcoming games but are not able to purchase tickets directly online outside of services like WinTrillions.
Since it was found back in 1988, Lotto America was available for 16 states and ran for 4 years. Fortunately, the lottery became extremely popular again once it returned to the big scene in 2017. The ticket in which players have to choose five numbers between 1 to 52 and a “star ball” between 1 and 10 costs only $1. A ball machine is used for the prize draw in Florida, and a separate one draws the “star ball”. The lottery is available currently in thirteen states, including Kansas, Iowa, and Tennessee.
Mega Millions is available in US Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C and in 44 states. The objective for players is to match 5 balls from a total number of 70. The golden ‘MegaBall’ also has to be picked from 25 other balls. The game costs only $2 but can become extremely profitable
Powerball is currently available in 21 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The jackpots are more than appealing, going for a minimum of $40 million and higher. This lottery is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Participants must pick 5 numbers from 69 white balls and 1 correct ‘Powerball’ from 26 others. History was made in January 2016, when three lucky participants shared a prize of $1.586 billion.
Lottery Regulator in Mississippi
With the recent passing of a bill for a State Lottery, a board of directors has been appointed. The regulator is called Mississippi Lottery Corporation. The introduction of a state lottery has faced opposition from Religious Groups and as such the newly formed Lottery Corporation has been specially chosen to be able to guide the future of the State Lottery.
History of Mississippi Lottery
1890 saw Congress ban lottery tickets and from1894 through to 1964 there were no legal government-sponsored lotteries throughout the USA. After the great depression, there were many proposals to implement a lottery in many states. The 1960s saw the first two State Lotteries begin in New Hampshire and New York. The 1970s and 1980s saw many other states join a lottery and by the 2000s the majority of states across the country had implemented a State Lottery, but not Mississippi.
|1607||The very first American colony is established in in Jamestown, Virginia. Gambling is brought to America with the colonies and spreads as a popular past time and source of revenue. Jamestown uses lotteries to finance their colony. Soon all 13 of the first colonies are using lotteries for income.|
|1890||The Mississippi constitution prohibited lotteries, stating “No lottery shall ever be allowed”|
|1992||Voters in Mississippi repealed the bill but lotteries still remained illegal.|
|2018||44 states have implemented lotteries except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Mississippi.|
|2018||A bill is eventually passed in Mississippi to allow for a State Lottery despite opposition from Religious Groups. The bill was narrowly passed and will take an estimate of a year to be put into action.|
|2019||The Mississippi Lottery faces a hurdle due to an interpretation of the Wire Act which could consider lotteries a form of gaming.|
Lottery Legal Age in Mississippi
As a State Lottery is not yet in place in Mississippi, there is no minimum age for purchasing tickets. Residents who travel across the state lines to purchase tickets will need to be at least 18 to play in Arkansas or Tennessee. Players who travel to Mississippi will need to be a minimum of 21. Underage lottery players stand to lose anything they might win, as they are playing illegally. Selling lottery tickets to minors is an offense and could be punished with heavy fines and/or jail time. The expected minimum age will be 18 when the State Lottery begins later this year. However, for further gambling matters and more information, make sure to check our detailed Mississippi gambling state review
Lottery AgeThere is no State Lottery yet but minimum age will be 18 when it starts.
Alcohol AgeThe legal drinking age is 21 in Mississippi.
Weed AgeMedicinal and recreational cannabis use is illegal. There is no minimum age.
Is Online Lotto Legal When You Are Out of the State?
For the time being online lotto is legal in six states different than Mississippi. Fortunately, players can purchase tickets through the WinTrillions app. The US DOJ made some amendments in the statement of the Federal Wire Act which allowed online lotteries to be legalised, only if this can be decided on a state level. The effect of reconsidering online lotteries was immediate and for the time being states like Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have chosen to make their lotteries legal. The good news is that many other states are considering this as a viable option and will surely follow the same path. Furthermore, if we have to look on an international level, Euromillions in Europe is quite popular and is available in countries such as Spain, France, the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The Best Mobile Lottery App
There is no legal lottery available in the state of Mississippi. However, the Michigan lottery is an available, legal option. Apart from that, Mississippi players can use the WinTrillions app to purchase tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions and other lotteries. Previous results can be checked via the app too.
Online Lottery Promotions to Take Advantage Of
As online lotteries are not legal there are no offers available for residents of Mississippi. The online app only allows players to purchase tickets, but as the players are paying for someone else to collect the tickets on their behalf there are no buy one get one free offer.
Taxes on Lotto Winnings in Mississippi
Mississippi State Lottery is not in play yet but when it does begin, taxes are expected to be paid on winnings. The winnings will be subject to a 25 percent federal tax.
Upcoming Regulation Changes for Online Lottery
The State Lottery in Mississippi is soon to be introduced. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation is also hoping to introduce an Online Lottery Gaming System. It is not fully clear yet as to what this will entail, the Corporation is still in the process of finding a vendor to facilitate such a thing. Check back here to find out more details about any changes made to the Online Lottery in Mississippi.