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Lottery Suspends TV & Radio Ads As Proceeds Plummet

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Revenue from the Mississippi Lottery decreased in March as people began facing restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Net proceeds from lottery games that month were $9.9 million, down from $11.6 million in February. Since the lottery started in November the state has collected over $37.5 million and for the first 10 years, the first $80 million per year from Mississippi lottery revenue will go to infrastructure needs. After the $80 million benchmark is hit, the rest goes to education. Mississippi Lottery Corporation president Tom Shaheen expects lottery ticket sales will keep declining during the pandemic and the lottery has indefinitely suspended its TV and radio advertising.

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