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Lottery in Mississippi? Legislators say not likely

A Massachusetts woman’s dreams came true after she found out that she won the lottery.

Her ticket was worth 758.7 million dollars.

However, some Mississippi legislators don’t believe a lottery is in the state’s future.

Senator Chad McMahan said his district is torn on the issue.

“When we brought in gaming, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent in infrastructure, in building actual hotels and gaming facilities, and we have some of the greatest ones in the country now, especially on our coast, but they hired tens of thousands of people,” said McMahan. “The lottery is a different animal.”

McMahan continued.

“If we legalize the lottery, convenience store owners will not add one person to their pay roll to run these machines and I don’t know that it’s a good value. I don’t know that I’m going to support the lottery, I’ve seen a lot of evidence from other states, the lottery is not as profitable as it is made out to be.

 

However, McMahan said he is going to let his constituents decide whether or not the Lottery should come to Mississippi.

“I’m going to vote this district. If the majority of the people here want the lottery, then I’m going to give it some consideration, but if they don’t, then I’m certainly going to vote against it,” said McMahan.

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