Mississippi Still One Of Six Without Lottery

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi is one of only six states without a lottery, and even though he opposes a lottery, House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton created a group that spent months studying the issue but has made no recommendations for or against creating one in Mississippi. Lawmakers could debate the issue in the upcoming legislative session; supporters say money being spent on lottery tickets in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee could create revenue to help pay for highways or schools. Opponents say lotteries are spiritually corrupting and the games create unrealistic hopes for people who struggle to pay their own living expenses.


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