Is there a lottery in Mississippi?
Why did Mississippi Not Have a State Lottery?
Mississippi did in fact have lotteries in the past, which were used to raise funds for various state projects.
Many organizations and individuals have been pushing for a state-sponsored lottery for quite some time but lawmakers had been reluctant to go through with it for fear of upsetting religious church groups as well as the existing casino industry within the state.
This changed in August 2018 when the Mississippi House of Representatives voted in favor of establishing a state lottery corporation with the objective of using the profits to fund state education, infrastructure, and other social service projects.