Mississippi residents woke up early Monday to buy lottery tickets that were selling for the first time in the state’s history.
About 1,200 convenience stores were selling lottery tickets as of Monday morning. The state had generated about $300,000 in ticket sales in the first two hours of sale.
Legislation allowing lottery games in the state was passed in 2018.
On Monday, only scratch-off tickets were available for sale with jackpots such as Powerball and Mega Millions being available for purchase towards the end of January next year.
Mississippi will allow people to buy tickets using cash as well as credit or debit cards without paying extra fees.
Net proceeds collected from the sale of tickets will be used to fund the state’s infrastructure and education.
The legislation allowing lottery games was opposed strongly by Christians who do not believe in lottery.
Mississippi is among 44 states which allow lottery.