Will Mississippi lottery be derailed before it starts by fed ruling? Jimmie E. Gates, Mississippi Clarion Ledger · April 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm Mississippi’s lottery could be hamstrung before it even starts later this year as states with lotteries worry over the U.S. Department of Justice’s reinterpretation of a federal gambling law. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and attorney generals from 43 other states have expressed concern about a DOJ statement that it is reconsidering whether the federal Wire Act applies to non-sports gambling. If applied, it could prohibit inter-state, high jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions that entice millions of people to buy lottery tickets. A new interpretation could reverse DOJ’s 2011 legal opinion that prohibited only interstate transmission of information regarding sporting events or contests.