Arkansas hopes to recapture money with lotto start

TEXARKANA, TX (AP) - Arkansas state lottery officials hope residents who have traveled to border towns in other states to play lottery games now will stay at home to play the Arkansas lottery. Arkansas' lottery is set to start on Monday and more than 1,500 retailers will be selling tickets.

Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue says it's been common for Arkansans to go to towns in Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas to play the lottery in those states. Lottery advocates long have argued that Arkansas was missing out on potential funding by not offering its own games.

Voters in November approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the lottery to raise money for college scholarships. Passailaigue predicts the Arkansas lottery will sell at least $400 million worth of tickets a year.

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