Arkansas voters pass lottery measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters have approved a measure creating a statewide lottery for Arkansas, overturning a ban set in the state's constitution since 1874.

About two-thirds of voters supported the lottery measure championed by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, which will fund college scholarships through ticket sales. About 36 percent cast votes against the measure.

Halter has said a lottery would raise $100 million annually and likely would have scratch-off games and lottery drawings like other states. The Legislature will decide what types of games will be offered during its 2009 session.

Those opposing the lottery measure warned it would subsidize scholarships on the backs of the state's poor.

Arkansas is one of only eight states in the nation without a lottery.

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