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And Then There Were 5

And Then There Were 5

Last month, the state of Mississippi legalized a state lottery, becoming the 45th in the United States to back public wagering. Mississippi, like Nevada, had avoided legalizing a lottery because of the perceived damage it might do to an already-established casino industry. The Mississippi casino industry backed off its opposition to this popular betting option as long as the legislation didn’t allow video lottery terminals or online purchase of lottery tickets, limiting sales to in-store tickets and the multi-state lottery systems. The powerful Nevada casino industry continues to resist legalization. In addition to Nevada, only Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii and Utah prohibit the establishment of a state lottery within their borders.