Lottery To Be Introduced As Economic Development Bill

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — It’s not a lottery bill. It’s an economic development bill. So says Kiln, Mississippi Republican State Senator Philip Moran who plans to file a state lottery bill by the end of the first week of the legislative session that began Tuesday. Moran notes that Arkansas added $84M to its treasury last year from lottery ticket sales, and says that Mississippi could easily generate up to $100M in revenue by taking some of those sales away from Arkansas and Lousiana, and enticing residents of Alabama – which also does not have a state lottery – to play. Moran said polling last year showed 68 percent of those surveyed support a lottery, and he believes his bill would easily pass the Senate if given a floor vote.

 


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