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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign a bill that would allow a lottery in Mississippi, but earnings earmarked for the state will be spent differently than in Louisiana.

Louisiana law requires 35 percent of the earnings from lottery winners go into a state treasury program that funds K-12 education across the state.

The lottery has provided more than $150 million to Louisiana’s schools for each of the past five years, rising as high as $187 million in 2016. And the first $500,000 in annual lottery proceeds is earmarked for programs for people with gambling problems.

The Mississippi bill, though, will make roads and bridges a priority for Mississippi lottery proceeds. It was passed by the House and the Senate on Tuesday and sent to Bryant, who’s expected to sign it.

This story originally ran on The (Biloxi) Sun Herald. For the full version, click here. 

Money from Mississippi’s lottery haul won’t go to education until $80 million is spent on roads and bridges. The lottery is expected to generate $40 million the first year and lawmakers hope it will eventually raise more than $100 million.

The Mississippi House did an about face after voting down the bill hours before they passed it.

For the original story from The (Biloxi) Sun Herald, click here.