Alabama legislator lobbies for state lottery
Faces mountain of resistance
The Democrat leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.
Republican leaders say Rep. Craig Ford is carrying a losing ticket for 2014.
Ford, D-Gasden, said a state lottery could produce $250 million annually for education purposes and keep money at home that is now going to lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
That is why I plan to propose a lottery bill during the 2014 le ...
Dec 10, 2013, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama candidates discuss lottery possibilities
Former Gov. Don Siegelman wants Alabama to have a lottery, just as he's argued since first running for governor in 1990, and he promises to fight for it if elected to another term in the state's top job.Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley says she's not necessarily against a the idea but told the Mobile Register she would neither push for a lottery herself nor block another public referendum on someone else's proposal.Baxley said it would be a shame for Alabama to depend on a lottery for revenue but added th ...
Nov 28, 2005, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Group fearful of lottery in Alabama
A Washington, D.C.-based public policy group called The Tax Foundation issued warnings about a new lottery campaign aimed at Alabamians.It's an advertising drive in east Alabama thanking residents for driving to Georgia to buy lottery tickets, said Bill Ahern, spokesman for the group, which recently studied state lotteries and their impact.The campaign will feature a clerk in a Georgia store who points out that Alabama money has helped fund his children's college education. It's all going to be ...
Feb 21, 2005, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama man wins $131K in Tenn. lottery
An Alabama man crossed the Tennessee state line to the Conoco station and came up the big winner in the Lotto 5, walking away with a $131,527 jackpot.The Huntsville, Ala., man purchased his ticket at the Conoco on the Huntsville Highway at the Tennessee-Alabama state line.His ticket matched all five Lotto 5 numbers to win the jackpot.The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on Jan. 20 of this year. At the end of its first fiscal year, after just five months and 12 days of ti ...
Oct 11, 2004, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Poll: More than two-thirds of Alabamians favor lottery
A recent poll shows that more than two-thirds of Alabamians support a state lottery to benefit public education, which an overwhelming majority said is a high priority for them.The random telephone poll of 609 voting-age Alabamians, conducted by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University, found that 55.1 percent of respondents strongly support an education lottery and an additional 13.8 percent support it, bringing the figure to 68.9 percent in favor.About 24.6 percent of thos ...
Oct 7, 2004, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama man wins Florida Lotto
James Kenneth Marlowe of Demopolis, Alabama is $9 million richer after he chose the winning numbers for Florida's Florida Lotto, claiming the Sept. 4 lotto jackpot, estimated at $18 million.Marlowe, a self-employed electrician, chose to take his winnings in a one-time lump sum payment option, in the amount of $9,762,144. He purchased his winning Florida Lotto ticket at: State Line O'Yes Lotto in McDavid, Escambia County. The winning numbers were: 01 - 06 - 08 - 11 - 12 - 37.According to Marlowe, ...
Sep 9, 2004, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama town bracing for Tennessee Lottery
You can stand in lottery-free Alabama and see the pink-and-yellow sign just a few hundred feet away in Tennessee. LOTTERY HERE - STARTS JAN. 20, screams the placard outside HP Max Fuel Express, which is located just across a set of railroad tracks in adjoining Ardmore, Tenn.Ardmore is split by the state line, and people on the north side are looking forward to an influx of Alabama dollars when the Tennessee Lottery begins Tuesday. But businesses in Alabama hope to get along just fine once the s ...
Jan 19, 2004, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Dead Issue in Alabama Legislature
Recent news accounts suggest the lottery will be back in the legislature this session due to discussion of budget shortfalls. Sen. Barron (D-Fyffe) said, I think we'll vote to let you vote on the lottery. Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) indicated he would seek to introduce a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos and a lottery and Rep. Randy Hinshaw, (D- Meridianville) stated, We're in the position now where nothing is off the table. The Christian Coalition of Alabama distributes Candid ...
Jan 16, 2004, 5:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama may revisit lottery this year
State Sen. Pro Tem Lowell Barron expects the lottery to return to Alabama this year as an option to deal with the states continuing budget crisis.Five years after Alabama voters turned away a lottery referendum and facing what he called the worst budget crisis in his 25 years in Montgomery, Barron, D-Fyffe, told a town hall meeting at Ruhama School in Dogtown on Monday the people will again get a chance to vote on a lottery. I think well vote to let you vote on the lottery, Barron told the crow ...
Jan 15, 2004, 5:44 am - Lottery News forum
Store owners along state line hope Alabamians bring greater success to Tennessee lotteryConvenience store owners operating in Tennessee near the Alabama state line cashed in for decades on Colbert and Lauderdale residents who had nowhere else to turn to quench their thirst for an alcoholic beverage.A week from today, convenience store owners along the Alabama-Tennessee state line will try to again cash in on Alabamians' thirst.This time, that thirst has nothing to do with alcoholic beverages, si ...
Jan 13, 2004, 5:17 am - Lottery News forum