JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to create a state lottery — the same bill it killed a day earlier.
The bill will go to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law.
Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant has been pushing lawmakers for more than a year to create one. He wants money to help pay for highways and bridges.
Bryant points out that three of the four states bordering Mississippi have a lottery, and Mississippi residents are driving to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy millions of dollars of tickets each year.
Monday night, the lottery bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.
The House voted 58-54 Tuesday to pass the bill.
- Bill to create Mississippi lottery heading to governor
- Bridge, road funding bill going to governor; lottery unfinished
- Senate committee approves lottery bill
- Mississippi lottery bill advances, but more work remains
- Lottery bill passes Mississippi Senate but falters in House
- Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote
- The lottery may soon come to Mississippi
- Lottery ticket applications open for Mississippi retailers
- Contract signed for Mississippi Lottery equipment
- Mississippi retailers gearing up for lottery launch