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With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama

Aug 31, 2018, 4:11 pm

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019.

When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. However, they still can't buy one in their own state. In 1999, Alabama voters turned down an education lottery and lawmakers have never allowed for another vote.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox said he favors a lottery. Republican incumbent Governor Kay Ivey says she would have no problem letting the people vote. Of course, before that could happen, a lottery bill would first have to make it out of the state legislature.

Bottom line, it all comes down to where the money from the lottery will go. Lawmakers say until they are able to agree on the funds' destination, the state will remain lottery-free.

"I think people want to see a clear path with where the money will be going," said Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh.

Political party aside, money seems to be the holdup for a lottery. For Alabamians to get another shot at voting for a lottery, it has to start in the state house. Marsh says this package needs to be perfect. A lottery bill came close to being approved in 2016, but pro lottery forces could not agree on where the money should go. However, 2019 will be a new year.

"I supported lottery legislation in the past. If somebody wants to bring forth some legislation this next session. I'm not going to oppose it," said Marsh.

Representative Merika Coleman is all in.

"It's actually really sad. With Mississippi passing their lottery yesterday, the state of Alabama is surrounded by states that have lottery, casinos or both," said Coleman.

Now that Alabama is the only state in the Southeast without a lottery, Marsh agrees, the pressure is on.

"I think it definitely puts pressure... these other states receiving revenue. You've got people leaving our state to go buy these tickets," said Marsh.

"I bought a lottery ticket in Tennessee. At the time that Power Ball was $3 billion dollars. People were driving all over to get a ticket. We need to have that here," said Coleman.

Coleman says funds from the lottery could help generate money for public education.

"There are some people that morally disagree with the lottery, they morally disagree with gambling. If that is your stance, I support you and your stance. Don't go buy a lottery ticket. But don't keep us from bringing that revenue in the state. Nobody's asking you to go against you moral issues, but don't deny the students in Alabama to have a free education," said Coleman.

Coleman says it makes no sense for legislators to not move forward with this issue in the next state session. She says, after the governor's race in November, there should be a special session to promote this initiative so that in the 2019, something can be set up for students.

Senator Cam Ward believes a lottery will bring in some revenue, but not as much as many think, especially given the $6 billion dollar education budget. Representative Coleman says while it may not amount to the billion dollar budget, it's still providing millions than what they had.

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The " Berlin Wall " effect...

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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    Representative Merika Coleman the Power Ball reached $1.56 billion not $3 billion dollars. On Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Of course, we are waiting for a $3 billion jackpot!

     Let us hear from the voters again, please.

     "We are all in this together!" 

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      Simpsonville
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      Been waiting almost three days for a story about Alabama and the lottery.

      Good catch music*, politicians should fact check things before writing or speaking about anything.  Maybe the misconstrued word will get used. No, we didn't misconstrue what you said about PB $3 billion!!

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        LOL, yeah, that $3 billion quote from the representative is too funny!  Sounds like Dr. Evil.

         

        Check the State Lottery Report Card
        What grade did your lottery earn?

         

        Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
        Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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          Lotto, Powerball, & Mega Millions is a given, but I hope they have different games not available in the nearby states.

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            From the OP;

            "I bought a lottery ticket in Tennessee. At the time that Power Ball was $3 billion dollars. People were driving all over to get a ticket. We need to have that here," said Coleman."

            This kind of statement has such a familiar ring to it that I've got to know what username Coleman is calling himself here at LP. 

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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              Talk about pressure...

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                For YEARS I have left NE Bat Ala to go to Ga to play the lottery-mostly cash 3-use to go everyday-20 min one way--Now i go once a week--ALABAMA is missing out on my money and many many other's too--ALABAMA WAKE UP !!!

                Alabama needs this revenue

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                  For YEARS I have left NE Bat Ala to go to Ga to play the lottery-mostly cash 3-use to go everyday-20 min one way--Now i go once a week--ALABAMA is missing out on my money and many many other's too--ALABAMA WAKE UP !!!

                  Alabama needs this revenue

                  The Bug:  Refresh my memory a bit here.  We were remember driving through AL some years ago near voting season.  There were signs from a Governor running for office with pro lottery message in the signs.  When was this?  Am thinking 15-20 years ago???

                   

                  Thank you!

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                    alabama want to play the moral game when they don't have any like anyone cares what they do with their money

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                      alabama want to play the moral game when they don't have any like anyone cares what they do with their money

                      In your profile, "AL" is for Alabama, right? That's where you live? 

                      They have no morals?  Does that include you?  You don't care what you do with your ("their") money?

                      That's the strangest post I've seen in L.P. this week.  Take heart, there's still several days left.  I'll be rootin' for yours, though.

                      (Psst-  a little punctuation is a good thing)

                      Epstein didn't kill himself.

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                        alabama want to play the moral game when they don't have any like anyone cares what they do with their money

                        Pumpi Had Some Ideas For Incoming Revenue..

                        A Message to the State of Alabama Congress...

                                         

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                          A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019.

                          When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. However, they still can't buy one in their own state. In 1999, Alabama voters turned down an education lottery and lawmakers have never allowed for another vote.

                          Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox said he favors a lottery. Republican incumbent Governor Kay Ivey says she would have no problem letting the people vote. Of course, before that could happen, a lottery bill would first have to make it out of the state legislature.

                          Bottom line, it all comes down to where the money from the lottery will go. Lawmakers say until they are able to agree on the funds' destination, the state will remain lottery-free.

                          "I think people want to see a clear path with where the money will be going," said Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh.

                          Political party aside, money seems to be the holdup for a lottery. For Alabamians to get another shot at voting for a lottery, it has to start in the state house. Marsh says this package needs to be perfect. A lottery bill came close to being approved in 2016, but pro lottery forces could not agree on where the money should go. However, 2019 will be a new year.

                          "I supported lottery legislation in the past. If somebody wants to bring forth some legislation this next session. I'm not going to oppose it," said Marsh.

                          Representative Merika Coleman is all in.

                          "It's actually really sad. With Mississippi passing their lottery yesterday, the state of Alabama is surrounded by states that have lottery, casinos or both," said Coleman.

                          Now that Alabama is the only state in the Southeast without a lottery, Marsh agrees, the pressure is on.

                          "I think it definitely puts pressure... these other states receiving revenue. You've got people leaving our state to go buy these tickets," said Marsh.

                          "I bought a lottery ticket in Tennessee. At the time that Power Ball was $3 billion dollars. People were driving all over to get a ticket. We need to have that here," said Coleman.

                          Coleman says funds from the lottery could help generate money for public education.

                          "There are some people that morally disagree with the lottery, they morally disagree with gambling. If that is your stance, I support you and your stance. Don't go buy a lottery ticket. But don't keep us from bringing that revenue in the state. Nobody's asking you to go against you moral issues, but don't deny the students in Alabama to have a free education," said Coleman.

                          Coleman says it makes no sense for legislators to not move forward with this issue in the next state session. She says, after the governor's race in November, there should be a special session to promote this initiative so that in the 2019, something can be set up for students.

                          Senator Cam Ward believes a lottery will bring in some revenue, but not as much as many think, especially given the $6 billion dollar education budget. Representative Coleman says while it may not amount to the billion dollar budget, it's still providing millions than what they had.

                          Wow I hope the Mississippi can pass a law to promote lotto to play on Todd! I hope Alabama can follow suit Todd!

                          I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the PB to win the largest PB jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars! I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the largest Mega Millions jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                            In your profile, "AL" is for Alabama, right? That's where you live? 

                            They have no morals?  Does that include you?  You don't care what you do with your ("their") money?

                            That's the strangest post I've seen in L.P. this week.  Take heart, there's still several days left.  I'll be rootin' for yours, though.

                            (Psst-  a little punctuation is a good thing)

                            My bad excluding myself and some others not all of Alabama but I will be voting for it as always.Big Smile