A state lottery in Mississippi is on its way after the relevant bill was passed in the Magnolia State. On August 28, 2018, the Mississippi Senate voted in favor of creating a bill to finally legalize lotteries. Just 24 hours earlier, the Senate had voted against such a bill.
However, lawmakers realize the amount of lottery cash that's being plowed into neighboring states like Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee where it's legal to play the lottery was enormous. In fact, millions of dollars go towards lottery tickets, and that is money that could be spent by residents in their own state.
What's more, proceeds could potentially go toward the bridge and road network in Mississippi, where there is currently a Third World network of roads and more than 400 decrepit bridges. The lottery money spent by Mississippi residents on Mega Millions and Powerball alone could be used for public services and education in the state.
The lottery is set to launch on December 1, 2019, and will include just scratch-off tickets to start with. It is expected that multi-state lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions will be launched during the first half of 2020.
At first, tickets for $1, $2, $5, and $10 will be available from December 1, 2019.
The maximum payoff amount is yet to be determined. Over in Louisiana, though, there’s the potential to win as much as $200,000 with a $10 ticket.
Tickets will mainly be sold in gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco/beer stores, and other types of retail outlets.
Net lottery proceeds are already earmarked for Mississippi's infrastructure needs over the next 10 years. Anything over the determined amount will go to education in the state.