$570,000 to go to the state

The Mississippi Lottery cashed in on $2.5 million on the very first day of scratcher sales.

“It’s wonderful. It is. It’s a good start,” stated Tom Shaheen, using the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

According to Shaheen, $570,000 of the $2.5 million will go to the state.

“I don’t anticipate that it’s going to be this much every day now because we just have scratch-off tickets, but once we get the Powerball, Mega Millions and daily games, we’ll see the sales go back up,” Shaheen said.

The state started selling four scratch-off games starting at 6 a.m. on Monday at 1,200 stores across Mississippi. Powerball and Mega Million will go live at the end of January 2020.

For many years, Mississippi was one of only six states in the US with no lottery, but the state’s insufficient money for road maintenance changed that.

Lawmakers approved the lottery because the state was forced to close countless unsafe bridges. The first $80 million annually from lottery revenue will go to highways and the rest will go toward education.

A version of this story originally appeared here.

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