Mississippi lottery bill passes, heads to governor’s desk

A senator reviews the proposed lottery bill in Senate chambers at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. The Senate passed the bill, 31-17, however, the Mississippi House killed the bill that would create a state lottery, voting 60-54 against it. The lottery was an attempt to put about $200 million a year into highways and bridges. The bill was held for the possibility of more debate, meaning supporters could try to revive it. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to create a state lottery — the same bill it killed a day earlier.

The bill will go to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law.

Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant has been pushing lawmakers for more than a year to create one. He wants money to help pay for highways and bridges.

Bryant points out that three of the four states bordering Mississippi have a lottery, and Mississippi residents are driving to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy millions of dollars of tickets each year.

Monday night, the lottery bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.

The House voted 58-54 Tuesday to pass the bill.