Mississippi governor appoints lottery corporation
Amid the lottery fever sweeping the United States, Mississippi took a step closer to starting a state lottery.
The Governor unveiled the first members of the Mississippi lottery board.
Governor Phil Bryant says with revenue leaving the state by millions, the new lottery board is the first of many to keep Mississippians playing the lottery at home.
We were losing $70 million dollars a year with Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee and Mississippians going across the border and buying lotte ...
Oct 22, 2018, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama
A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019.
When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. Howev ...
Aug 31, 2018, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippians anxious to start playing lottery
Mississippians are anxious to start playing lottery. State leaders said the first lottery tickets could go on sale in six months.
We'll get the scratch-offs and the state lotteries fairly soon once they get the board in place and pick the director, State Sen. Philip Moran, a Republican from Harrison County, said.
The board will have five members.
I've got a board to appoint and it's going to be a very deliberate, methodical process of picking just the right people, Gov. Phil Bryant sa ...
Aug 30, 2018, 9:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lawmakers approve lottery bill
Governor promises to sign into law
The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it.
The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes.
Mississippi is one of six states without a ...
Aug 29, 2018, 11:04 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery bill advances, but more work remains
Mississippi could be inching closer to creating a lottery and leaving the list of six states that don't offer the game of chance.
The Mississippi House voted 71-43 Friday to pass a lottery bill . That happened a day after the state Senate voted 30-20 for its own version of the same bill.
However, work remains.
The House made several changes to the bill, including requiring that a lottery corporation abide by longstanding Open Meetings and Public Records laws. When the bill passed the Se ...
Aug 26, 2018, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery becoming a central issue in Alabama governor's race
Alabama's Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are banking on a game of chance to reclaim the state's highest office from the GOP.
Former state Supreme Court chief justice Sue Bell Cobb and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox have sought to make early splashes with their educational lotteries.
Alabama is one of just six states without a lottery. There's also no casino gambling. Only one other state Utah lies contiguous to states with lotteries or casinos, yet excludes casinos itself.
It's an eas ...
Feb 26, 2018, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Democrat Gov. candidate campaigns on starting lottery
Includes video report
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb laid out a detailed plan for a state lottery Wednesday, saying the proposal would put Alabamians in a better position to get higher paying jobs.
The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice said under her plan, lottery proceeds will fund K-4 and childcare programs in the state, fully fund career tech at hospitals, and fully fund the gap with federal Pell Grants.
In a video released along with the email, Cobb said a l ...
Feb 7, 2018, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lawmakers could debate creation of a lottery
Mississippi residents for years have been crossing into Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy lottery tickets.
In 2018, lawmakers could debate whether Mississippi will join the large majority of states that offer games of chance.
Supporters say money being spent on lottery tickets elsewhere could, instead, be spent in Mississippi, creating revenue to help pay for highways, schools or other state government services.
If that money is going to go to educate children and it's going to ...
Dec 27, 2017, 11:42 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery committee plans final meeting
What is expected to be the final meeting of House Speaker Philip Gunn's lottery study committee is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Mississippi Capitol.
Gunn formed the study committee in April in response to efforts in the House to pass lottery legislation.
After the November meeting, the plan is for legislative staff to compile the information garnered by the nine-member committee into a report to be presented to the Mississippi House before the 2018 session starts in January. The study comm ...
Oct 29, 2017, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi panel studying other state lotteries
A special House panel has been looking at other states' experience with lotteries as it works on a study requested by House Speaker Philip Gunn, who opposes a lottery for Mississippi but says he wants the issue thoroughly vetted.
Members of the House Lottery Study Working Group comprised of lawmakers, state gaming and other officials held their second of three meetings at the Capitol on Tuesday. The first meeting in May was described as lottery 101, on the history of, laws and facts about lot ...
Sep 6, 2017, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum