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Mississippi lottery tickets go on sale Monday. Here’s what you need to know.



Are you ready? Monday, Nov. 25, Mississippians will be able to buy the first scratch-off tickets for the state lottery.

Four options will be available to folks 21 and over ready to try their luck:

  • For $1: 3 Times Lucky
    Get three “3” symbols in any one row, column or diagonal like tic-tac-toe, win the prize shown in the prize box. Approximate overall odds – 1:4.75
  • For $2: Happy Holidays Y’all
    Match any of your numbers to either of the winning numbers, win the prize shown. Reveal a “2X” symbol, win double the prize shown. Approximate overall odds – 1:4.39
  • For $2 – Triple 777
    Reveal three like symbols in any game across, win the prize for that game. Reveal three “7” symbols in any game across and win triple the prize for that game. Approximate overall odds – 1:4.32
  • For $5: 100,000 Jackpot
    Match any of your numbers to any of the winning numbers, win the prize for that number. Reveal a stack of money symbol, win double the prize shown. Reveal a money bag symbol, win $50 instantly. Approximate overall odds – 1:3.98

To find a retailer near you, go to the Mississippi Lottery website retail locator page.

Any lottery retailer will redeem prizes under $600 in cash or by money order or check.

For prizes of $600 or more, retailers will provide you with details of how to redeem your winnings and help you through the process, or you can click here.

For scratch-off tickets, the deadline for claiming a prize is 90 days after the game ends .

Who benefits?

Under the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law, the Mississippi Lottery is set up to benefit both the infrastructure and education systems of Mississippi.

Net proceeds up to $80 million will be paid into the State Highway Fund until June 30, 2028. The State Highway Fund will repair, renovate and maintain highways and bridges of the state.

All monies deposited into the Lottery Proceeds Fund over $80 million dollars in a fiscal year will be transferred into the Education Enhancement Fund.

From and after July 1, 2028, the net proceeds will continue to be deposited into the Lottery Proceeds Fund and shall be transferred to the State General Fund, except for the amounts over $80 million dollars, which will continue to be deposited in the Education Enhancement Fund.

For more information on the lottery, including information on becoming a lottery retailer, visit the Mississippi Lottery website.


City says gas smell poses no danger



(Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay)

Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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Update on the woman connected to high speed chase and crash



The end of the chase. (Photo by David Day)

The high speed chase and crash that began at the Waffle House on Pemberton Square Boulevard in Vicksburg Saturday night originated with a domestic dispute.

The driver of the rented Nissan Rogue that eventually crashed and burned, Bonjara O’Quin, and his unnamed passenger were arguing for some time on Saturday.

One Vicksburg Daily News reader said they noticed them on the Natchez Trace earlier in the day. O’Quin was walking down the road and the female was driving slowly next to him trying to convince him to get back in the SUV. His distinctive pink shoes are what made our reader link the couple to this story.

Later in the day, the couple’s disagreement escalated, and a caller to 911 described a “rolling disturbance” in a blue SUV with Illinois plates near the Waffle House on Pemberton. Officer Michael Battle went to that scene but didn’t see the suspect vehicle. Shortly thereafter another call came into the 911 call center that the vehicle fitting that description was involved in a physical altercation at the Shell located at 4747 U.S. Highway 61 South. The man in the SUV was pulling a pregnant female from the vehicle by her hair.

The Shell Food Mart, 4747 U.S. 61 South. (photo by David Day)

Officer Battle drove to the scene with his lights and siren on, and O’Quin fled south on U.S 61. Battle immediately reported the blue SUV was not responding to his blue lights and siren and was accelerating away from the marked unit. Battle radioed the chase in and the channel was cleared of other traffic so Battle could report at will. The Mississippi Highway Patrol was notified and several units responded. As the chase continued south with speeds in excess of 100 mph, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

O’Quin lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to turn west onto Shiloh Road just inside Claiborne County resulting in a fiery wreck. He received minor injuries and was treated and released to police custody.

U.S. Highway 61 South where it meets Shiloh Road in Claiborne County.

The unidentified female was treated by a Vicksburg Fire/Medic unit and refused further medical care or transportation to Merit Health River Region.

Bonjara O’Quin and an unidentified law enforcement officer. (Photo by David Day)

O’Quin has been charged with domestic violence and felony elude.

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Mississippi Boy Choir’s annual Christmas Concert will be online Friday



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The Mississippi Boy Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert virtually this year, meaning everyone can enjoy the choir for free.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the choir’s website from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

2020 marks the 26th season for the choir, which stems from a 1,500-year-old tradition of boys singing in the great cathedrals of Western Europe. The organization has two choirs: a training choir that consists of young boys in second grade up whose voices have not changed, and a concert choir with both changed and unchanged voices. The concert choir generally consists of boys from the fifth through the 12th grade.

The Vicksburg branch of the Mississippi Boy Choir meets on Mondays at the Church of the Holy Trinity on South Street.

Friday’s performance is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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