Mississippi Lawmakers Study Other State Lotteries

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A special House panel has been studying lotteries in other states as requested by Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn. Lawmakers and state gaming officials recently traveled to Arkansas and Louisiana and collected information from Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming; their preliminary findings indicate revenue and costs vary widely, and scratch-off “instant win” tickets generate 80% of the revenue. Lottery bills have been introduced in the Legislature every year for the last 25 years but most have died in committee without a vote. The panel met this week in Jackson and will report to the House in November.

 


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