Mississippi lottery revenue dips in March amid pandemic

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State revenue from the Mississippi Lottery decreased in March as people began facing restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation says it deposited $9.9 million into the state treasury from the net proceeds from lottery games played during March. That was a decrease from $11.6 million in February.

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Mississippi has collected more than $37.5 million from the lottery that started operating in November. Mississippi Lottery Corporation President Tom Shaheen says he expects a continued decline in lottery ticket sales during the pandemic.

The corporation has indefinitely suspended its TV and radio advertising.

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