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Mississippi Lottery sales hit nearly $9 million in first six days

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The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced that sales for the six days of operation brought in $8,932,200 resulting in approximately $1.9 million for road and bridge maintenance around the state.

The first tickets went on sale Monday, Nov. 25.

“Overall, retailers and players were very positive and excited that the lottery is finally here,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen in a statement. “The top-five selling counties for the week were Hinds, Harrison, Rankin, Lee and Forrest.”

Players claimed more than $3.8 million in prizes and included several big winners. Top prizes ranged from $2,000 to $15,000. All but one winner chose to remain anonymous.

Four more scratch-off games will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The new games include:

  • $1—Fast $50s: Win up to $2,000 (12–$2,000 prizes)
  • $2—Jewels 7s Doubler: Win up to $20,000 (4–$20,000 prizes)
  • $2—Money Bags: Win up to $20,000 (4–$20,000 prizes)
  • $5—Mississippi Blues: Win up to $100,000 (4–$100,000 prizes)

“People love variety,” Shaheen said. “Our plan is to introduce four new scratch-off games once a month. In addition, Powerball and MegaMillions will go on sale Jan. 30, 2020.”

 

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MDOT announces I-20 lane closures near Clinton

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If your commute regularly takes you to and from Clinton, Miss., be advised that you will likely be dealing with slow traffic for a couple of months starting next week.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced today that it would be closing the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound Interstate 20 at Norrell Road (exit 31) starting Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 a.m.

The work, which will make repairs to bridges over Norrell Road in Hinds County, is expected to take about 60 days.

Please use caution in the area and expect delays.

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Corps’ mat sinking unit suspended revetment season due to flooding

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21. The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February. (photo courtesy USACE)

From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21.

The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high-velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February.

During the 2019 season, the unit has placed approximately 170,000 squares of articulated concrete mattress along the banks of the Mississippi River to prevent erosion, protect key areas of the riverbank and flood control works and provide a safe, reliable channel for navigation.

“For more than 70 years, the Mat Sinking Unit has taken on the unique and important task of preventing erosion and maintaining navigation up and down the Mississippi River,” said Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard in a statement. “The Mississippi River serves as a vital commercial waterway and drainage system for the nation, and the hard work of the unit allows it to perform those crucial functions.”

Unparalleled across the world, the Mat Sinking Unit is a feat of skilled labor and technological innovation. A mat sinking barge, a mat supply barge, quarter barges, spar barges, gantry cranes, bulldozers and motor vessels are among the equipment used by the unit to help maintain the Mississippi River’s stabilization and navigation. Each season, approximately 50 full-time and 220 seasonal or temporary employees live on quarter boats and work 10-hour shifts and 12-consecutive-day work periods to execute the mission. The unit typically operates when river stages are at their lowest and conducts work that spans the jurisdictions of the Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts.

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Warrenton Road blocked due to accidents

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Warrenton Road is blocked from U.S. Highway 61 South to near Lady Luck Casino due to two accidents reportedly caused by a vehicle pulled over due to a medical incident.

Plan on taking another route until about 4:30 p.m.

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