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The lottery may soon come to Mississippi

A state lottery is one of the possible funding mechanisms expected to be discussed in a legislative special session this week.

Posted: Aug. 21, 2018 8:03 PM
Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 9:14 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - A state lottery is one of the possible funding mechanisms expected to be discussed in a legislative special session this week.

"The best thing that could happen to the state," said Richard Chandler of West Point. "More revenue. It's a win-win situation."

If approved the money from the state lottery will help with roads and infrastructure.

"We need it. We need a lot," added Cleon Smith of West Point.

Some residents did have concerns about the idea of a lottery.

"A lot of people get addicted to it, spend their whole paycheck and the kids go hungry," added Richard Netherland of West Point. "That's the thing I hate about it."

Lawmakers are expected to discuss several possible funding measures, including using internet sales taxes.

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