Residents of Mississippi will no longer have to cross over into other states to play the lottery.

Scratch-off tickets went on sale throughout the entire Magnolia State on Monday. Mississippians will also be able to buy Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.

The state didn’t have a lottery for years because of strong opposition from churches. For decades, the state was one of only six without a lottery. The five remaining states without a lottery are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Utah

“I like playing the lottery and it’s good that it’s close now,” lottery fan Sally Johnson said. “Now I don’t have to drive all the way to Tennessee. I’m so happy, just thumbs up,. Maybe Alabama will get it next.”

According to Mississippi sales clerks like Yassar Jabar, the response has been overwhelmingly positive for the new installment.

“Everybody was waiting for them since 5 o’clock this morning, as soon as we opened the doors,” Jabar, manager of State Line Express, said.

Lawmakers passed legislation allowing for the lottery in 2018. The funds from the lottery will be split between education and road work, with the first $80 million going toward highway upkeep and the rest toward education.

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