Pictured from left is last year's United Way $100K Payday Winner Matthew Hammond, Jr., of Hattiesburg, and Tyler Reed, with Magnolia State Bank in Hattiesburg, who sold Hammond the winning ticket. Tickets for the 2021 United Way $100K Payday Raffle are now available online at unitedwaypayday.org and at select locations throughout the Pine Belt.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi is kicking off its 2021 United Way $100K Payday Raffle, giving the general public a chance at winning $100,000.

Tickets are on sale through March 7. Anyone who buys a ticket during the Early Bird period between Jan. 11 and Feb. 7 will also be entered to win an AirBnb gift card valued at $1,000. Ticket buyers also get one free ticket when they purchase three tickets at once, quadrupling their chances of winning. The Early Bird winner will be drawn on Friday, Feb. 12, and announced on social media.

Ticket sales end Sunday, March 7. The $100,000 Grand Prize winner will be drawn Tuesday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Keg & Barrel in downtown Hattiesburg and will tentatively air live on WDAM. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Last year’s winner was Matthew Hammond of Hattiesburg.

The public can buy a $100 raffle ticket in a variety of ways.

1) Tickets can be bought online at www.unitedwaypayday.org using a credit card until 5 p.m. on March 8. Mailed-in order forms and money must be postmarked by Saturday, March 7. The community can purchase tickets in person at the following locations until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

2) This year, United Way SEMS is offering a special text-to-buy option as another convenient and socially distant way to purchase a ticket. Simply text PAYDAY to 91999, fill out the form, and submit your ticket purchase by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.

3) Buy online at unitedwaypayday.org until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

4) Call 601-545-7141 or fax a completed application to 601-545-8872 by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

5) Mail the completed United Way $100K Payday application from the brochure with payment to:

United Way SEMS

P.O. Box 1648

Hattiesburg MS 39403

All mail purchases must be postmarked by Saturday, March 6.

6) Tickets will be available at the following locations until close of business on Friday, March 5:

· United Way SEMS office | 210 W. Front St. in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg

· Corner Market | Petal, Hattiesburg Midtown, Oak Grove, Bellevue

· Sunflower | Hardy St., Hattiesburg

· Anderson Design Center | Oak Grove

Select locations of the following banks:

· 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

“The great thing about the United Way $100K Payday Raffle is that it’s a great opportunity for people to play for a grand prize with good odds, while also giving back to the community,” said Tracie Fowler, CEO of United Way of Southeast Mississippi. “Every ticket sold goes to benefit our partner nonprofits serving our local communities, following a devastating year for everyone. You may be playing to win, but every ticket you buy truly helps our community win, because those dollars go to helping our neighbors in need.”

United Way of Southeast Mississippi is a local non-profit organization that strives to make a positive impact in Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Perry counties. By providing funds to partnering agencies, United Way addresses community issues in the areas of education, financial stability, health and support services. For more information about United Way of Southeast Mississippi or to learn more about supporting United Way’s work, visit www.unitedwaysems.org or call 601-545-7141.

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