Lottery considered during 2016 session, only fantasy sports survives

A proposal to establish a lottery in Mississippi, once incorporated into a bill legalizing the playing of fantasy sports, was defeated during the final, hectic days of the 2016 legislative session, which ended last week.

The bill allowing the playing of fantasy sports was approved and is now pending Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature…

…Only six states in the nation do not have a lottery. Reynolds said he had been opposed to a lottery but after seeing so many people buy lottery tickets in neighboring states, taking money out of Mississippi, he changed his mind on the issue.

But in conference negotiations late in the session, House and Senate negotiators removed the lottery provision from the fantasy sports legislation. Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, and Bryant had expressed opposition to the lottery earlier in the session.

Daily Journal
4/28/16