Velma Myers of Yazoo was one of many who purchased lottery tickets in Jackson on the very first day of lottery ticket sales in Mississippi.

A Tupelo man won $200,000 Thursday after buying a scratch-off game in a tobacco store, based on the Mississippi Lottery Commission. “It is the biggest win to date since tickets and games first went on sale late this past year,” the lottery stated.

Based on the lottery press release, the winning Mega Ca$h scratch-off ticket was bought at Tobacco Superstore in Tupelo.

The winner was not announced but stated he phoned his mother immediately to inform her of the win, although she did not believe him initially. The release went on to say he will use the money to move his mother back home.

In January, the Mississippi Lottery Commission announced it had netted the state greater than $7.6 million in the first month alone.

In the coming decade, as much as $80 million in annual lottery proceeds will help fund state roads and bridges in order to match federal infrastructure money. Any revenue above $80 million would go to public education via the Education Enhancement Fund.

After decades of dispute, lawmakers in special session last year approved a state lottery. It’s estimated to earn the state about $40 million the very first fiscal year, then between $80 million and $100 million annually after that.

Retailers keep 6% of lottery ticket sales.