Bennett: Mississippi has a lottery; it just needs to be enacted
by Frank Brown
Published: May 9,2013
“A lot of people don’t realize that in 1992, there was a referendum for a lottery in Mississippi and it passed, and they amended the constitution. So it’s legal to have a lottery. We’re the only state with an amended constitution but without a lottery.
“What happened was the Baptists came out and said that if you broke down the vote, the referendum failed by two districts, and they wanted legislators to vote on the lottery like their constituents voted.
“It never came up in the Legislature. Ironically, that same year, the legislature came back and legalized casinos.
“We have a lottery; it’s just never been enacted.”
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