Mississippi lottery still in limbo

Mississippi lottery still in limbo

March 13, 2018 3:00 AM


Despite its status as a major gambling state in the South, chances for legislation that would authorize a lottery in Mississippi remain muddled despite a symbolic vote last week by legislators supporting the concept.

State House Democratic leaders said the move is meant to send a message to Republican leaders that most lawmakers support a lottery. GOP leaders steadfastly balked at seeking a lottery saying it would promote gambling and might negatively affect other tax collections.

Twice in 2016, the House amended a bill to demand a lottery, but those efforts were rebuffed.

Lottery proponents in Mississippi say a lottery is a voluntary tax and revenues would benefit schools, roads and cities.