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Bill to create Mississippi lottery heading to governor

The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to create a state lottery — the same bill it killed a day earlier.

Posted: Aug 28, 2018 12:53 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 5:45 PM

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.

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