There are a lot of big decisions to be made at the State Capitol this year - involving education funding, the Medicaid program and Mississippi's crumbling roads and bridges. But maybe the hottest topic is the possibility of a state lottery. Democratic Representative Alyce Clarke of Jackson has been sponsoring lottery legislation in the House for the last 20 years. And she says it might finally be approved this session. And over in the Senate, there seems to be strong support for a lottery this year. Republican Senator Terry Burton of Newton doesn't think a lottery would generate as much money as some people think - but he says it would produce additional revenue that Mississippi is now losing to our neighboring states that have lotteries. And Burton says if the vote were held today, he believes the Senate would pass a lottery bill.
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