Beebe signs bills creating Arkansas Lottery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday signed a pair of identical bills creating a state lottery, making Arkansas the 43rd state with the legal games of chance.

Games could be in place by the end of the year. Arkansas voters last fall changed the state's constitution to allow the games. Proceeds will be set aside to fund college scholarships. Quick work is expected to establish the games.

Senate President Bob Johnson said Tuesday he would name his three appointments to the state Lottery Commission quickly. The House speaker and Beebe also will name three members. The commission will manage the games and hire the lottery's executive director. The commission must be appointed within 30 days after the governor signs the bill.

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