Oklahoma and Texas lotteries to take hit

(AP)_  Oklahoma lottery officials say they will lose sales when the border state of Arkansas implements its new lottery.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed legislation yesterday to create a lottery as Arkansas joined 42 other states and the District of Columbia, where such games are legal.

Jim Scroggins, the Director of the Oklahoma Lottery, was reported to be out of town and unavailable for comment.

But Rolla Redburn, the Director of Administration for the lottery in Oklahoma, says he expects Arkansas will be trying to get its games up and running as soon as possible.

Redburn says the Arkansas lottery will cost Oklahoma some sales.  That will directly affect Oklahoma schools, since the lottery proceeds go toward education.

Texas is also expected to take a hit in sales.