The Mississippi House reversed itself last week and passed a bill to create a state lottery that’s gone to the governor with Neshoba County’s delegation split.

The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House initially voted to kill the bill that Gov. Phil Bryant has promised to sign into law quickly. He has a mid-September deadline.

There was no debate last Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes.

Rep. Scott Bounds of Philadelphia and Sen. Jennifer Branning, both Republicans, were firm “no” votes on the lottery, while Democrat Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston, who represents part of Neshoba County, voted “yes.”

For 10 years, the first $80 million per year collected through the lottery will be earmarked to the State Highway Fund. Anything over $80 million will go toward education.

Branning said that it could be another source of funds for local governments to use in making infrastructure improvements.

"According to the figures we have it may raise $80 million or more per year," she said. "Those funds will be earmarked for infrastructure and education funding."

State Rep. Cory Wilson of Madison was one of the eight representatives who changed from an earlier “no” vote.

Wilson said he originally voted "no" because he had concerns with the original language in the bill, specifically ambiguity surrounding the possibility of video gaming terminals popping up in convenience stores across the state.

“There were some real concerning provisions in the original bill,” Wilson said. “There were things missing like transparency, exemptions from the public records laws I wasn’t for.”

Wilson said the substitute bill addressed those concerns.

“I think most folks want the lottery,” he said, adding he was contact by many constituents in favor of the game.

Mississippi was one of six states without a lottery, and Gov. Phil Bryant had been pushing lawmakers for more than a year to create one. Supporters estimate a lottery could generate tens of millions of dollars annually, and Bryant says he wants the money to help pay for repairs to crumbling highways and bridges.

The bill was opposed by politically powerful Baptist and Pentecostal groups and some people who called it a regressive tax on poor people in one of the poorest states in the U.S. The state’s influential casino lobby did not oppose a lottery but fought some lawmakers’ ultimately unsuccessful efforts to allow video lottery terminals in places like truck stops.

Bryant pointed out that three of the four states bordering Mississippi have a lottery, and Mississippi residents drive to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy millions of dollars of tickets each year.

The lottery bill passed the Senate Monday night but it failed initially in the House with 60 opposed and 54 in favor. The House subsequently passed the bill Tuesday with 58 in favor and 54 opposed.

Last Tuesday was the fourth day of a special session that Bryant called, asking lawmakers to put millions of more dollars into highways and bridges. More than 400 of Mississippi’s city and county bridges are closed because they are in bad repair.

Republican Rep. Bill Denny of Jackson said Tuesday that he has opposed attempts to establish a lottery for more than two decades, but he voted in favor this time because his constituents in Jackson want it.

“Every time I go to the grocery store, ‘Bill, we need the lottery,’” Denny said.

Democratic Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazlehurst voted against the bill initially and then for it Tuesday.

“My people have contacted me,” Holloway said. “They want the lottery and I want them to have what they want.”

Democratic Rep. Jeramey Anderson of Escatawpa voted for the bill Monday and against it Tuesday. He said he wanted a guarantee that a significant share of lottery money would go to education.

“Killing the bill would have given us a better opportunity to negotiate,” said Anderson, who is running for a U.S. House seat. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I do support the lottery, but I support public education, as well.”

The Associated Press contribured to this report.