GAUTIER, Miss. (WKRG) — Starting this morning, Mississippi begins selling lottery tickets. The first sales of scratch-off tickets start at 5 this morning. Also starting today, Alabama is surrounded on all sides by states that sell lottery tickets and remains one of the last states in the nation without a lottery.

According to the Associated Press:

Nearly 1,200 convenience stores and other sites have been approved as retailers.
For the first two months, the only scratch-off tickets sold will be for single-state games.
The multistate games Powerball and Mega Millions will be available in Mississippi starting Jan. 30.
Mississippi has been one of six states without a lottery, but lawmakers met in 2018 and authorized the games of chance. The first $80 million a year will go to highways, and revenue after that will go to education.”

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