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Lawmakers in Austin were expected to pass a bill that would keep the Texas Lottery Commission operating, but to the surprise of many lawmakers it resulted in a vote of 82-64 to terminate the Commission. Many of the Republican and Democratic Lawmakers, who voted against the bill, felt that the lottery is a “tax” on poor people in Texas, and even though it has brought Billions of dollars to help the Texas Public School System, they feel it’s not a good way to fund education.

The bill was written by State Rep. Rafael Anchia, from Dallas, and he states that if the Texas Lottery is ended that the state could lose $1.1 billion in annual state revenue which will impact the educational system of Texas.

Check out the rest of the story on the Dallas Morning News