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JACKSON, Miss. (FOX13) -

Another lottery bill is being introduced into the Mississippi Legislature, this time by Rep. Alyce Clarke (D-Jackson).

A bill to create a lottery has been introduced several times over the last 20 years. State Democrats say the casino industry has stopped the bill in the past. There is some though that the lottery may have a chance this year because of the drop in business at the casinos.

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Short of just saying no, State Sen. David Parker (R-DeSoto County) said the Legislature shouldn't even give thought to a lottery because, in his opinion, it fell into the category of a tax.

"I think a lottery is another type of tax and that's something that when I was running for office," Sen. Parker said. "I am just not in favor of it at all." 

Mississippi law has allowed for a lottery for almost 20 years now.

"I really don't have any opposition to the lottery," said first term Democratic House Rep. Lataisha Jackson of Como (D-Tate County, Panola County). "I do know that there is some concern about how it would affect our gaming industry, but I'm not in opposition as I stated to a lottery, I do feel like it would be a great revenue source so that we can do more things in education that are needed throughout the state."

Businessman and House Rep. Bill Kinkaide (R-Byhalia) said he's not sure who is introducing the bill, but in all likelihood, another lottery wouldn't be a winner and wouldn't draw the numbers.

"As we look at other states with lottery systems and what it is doing, certainly the conservative membership at this point does not embrace the lottery," Rep. Kinkade said.

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