Lotto is coming to Mississippi for the first time ever after lawmakers approved a bill to introduce a lottery in the state on Tuesday August 28th 2018. Multi-state games launched in Mississippi in January 2020, with the state's own Lotto game to follow.
For years, supporters of a lottery in Mississippi argued that the state was losing out on millions of dollars every year from people who traveled to Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, or any of the other nearby states to buy their lottery tickets. In August 2018, Governor Phil Bryant decided enough was enough and he called a special session at the State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, to vote on the matter.
The House initially voted against the proposals, but in a do-over vote conducted during a special session just 24 hours later, the bill was passed. Governor Bryant declared it a “historic day in Mississippi.” It became the 45th state to offer a lottery, with Alabama the only remaining southern state not to have one.
The bill that was passed to bring a lottery to the Magnolia State declared that proceeds from a state Lotto would fund vital infrastructure projects in Mississippi, such as the construction and improvement of roads and bridges. It further stipulated that any annual lottery revenues over $80 million would fund education programs throughout the state.
The Mississippi Lottery finally launched its scratch-off games on November 25th 2019, with draw games following in early 2020. The state successfully joined the MUSL in August 2019 and Powerball and Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Mississippi on January 30th 2020. Find out more about this, as well as all the latest updates, on our Developments page. If you’re wondering why it took so long for a Mississippian lottery to be formed, visit the History page to get caught up.