United Way Kicks Off $100K Payday Raffle Benefiting Local Nonprofits

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Through early March, members of the public can try their luck at winning $100,000 while also helping others in the community.

Ticket sales for United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s 2022 $100K Payday Raffle are now available for purchase. Anyone who purchases a ticket during the Early Bird period, Jan. 10 through Feb. 6, will be entered for a bonus drawing to win a $1,000 Airbnb vacation gift card. Customers are also able to multiply their chances by getting one free ticket when they purchase three tickets at once. The Early Bird winner will be drawn live Tuesday, Feb. 15 on Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket sales end Sunday, March 6, 2022. The $100,000 Grand Prize winner will be selected Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m., at Patio 44 in Hattiesburg and will tentatively air live on the local news and on social media. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Last year’s winner was 67-year-old Tommy L. Jones, II, of Hattiesburg. Tommy L. Jones, II

You can purchase a $100 raffle ticket in multiple ways: 

  • BUY ONLINE HERE by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
  • TEXT PAYDAY to 91999, fill out the form, and submit your ticket purchase by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
  • MAIL your completed form and $100 payment to United Way $100K Payday, P.O. Box 1648, Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1648, postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
  • CALL 601-545-7141 by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022.
  • BUY IN PERSON at the United Way office in downtown Hattiesburg, located at 210 W. Front Street or local participating banks and stores.

Tickets will be available at the following locations until close of business on Friday, March 4, 2022.

•    Corner Market: Petal, Hattiesburg Hardy Street, Midtown, Oak Grove, Bellevue
•    Anderson Design Center: Oak Grove
•    Citizens Bank: Hattiesburg, Sumrall
•    Community Bank: Hwy 98 W, Hwy 49 S 
•    Grand Bank: Westover, Petal
•    Hancock Whitney: Hwy 98, Lincoln Road, Oak Grove, Petal, Purvis, Prentiss
•    Magnolia State Bank: Oak Grove, Petal

All mail purchases must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. 

“This is always an exciting time for our United Way, partner agencies, and the community because it’s a chance for someone’s life to be changed in a big way. And that’s exciting because most of the time it’s someone who could really use that money to make a positive difference in their life,” said Tracie Fowler, United Way of Southeast Mississippi president/CEO.

But Fowler said the Grand Prize winner isn’t the only one whose life is changed for the better.

“A lot of people know that the Payday Raffle is a big charity fundraiser, but they may not realize all the good their one ticket does. Every ticket sold goes to support the work of United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s nonprofit partners. That means your $100 ticket helps individuals and families across Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry Counties in need of education, economic mobility, healthcare and support services. It’s truly one of the most effective ways to help the most people in our local communities at one time,” she said.

To learn more about the raffle, click here.