Alabama lottery hopefuls to be disappointed yet again
Legislative session ends without consensus on lottery bill
By Kate Northrop
Alabama residents hoping to get a state lottery will have to wait even longer since the 2021 legislative session ended before lawmakers could agree on the particulars of a gaming bill.
Legislators seem to agree on enacting a state lottery for a variety of reasons, which include tightening up unregulated gambling and finding new sources of funding for public programs. However, lawmakers could not reach an agreeme ...
May 18, 2021, 4:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama Senate passes lottery, gaming legislation
Tuesday night, Alabama state senators passed a constitutional amendment, along with three companion bills, to allow a lottery to be created in the state and allow for casino-style gambling.
The constitutional amendments include a comprehensive plan that incudes a simple lottery one that only allows people to buy tickets in person or online, and creates a broader system that would also allow for casino-style gambling.
Senators passed the constitutional amendment 23-9. It now goes to the sta ...
Apr 14, 2021, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
New lottery bill proposed in Alabama after gambling bill is rejected
No casinos, no bingo just a lottery
By Kate Northrop
Immediately after a gambling bill was shot down this week in the Alabama Senate, another Senator proposed a new bill that focuses solely on creating a state lottery.
Senator Del Marsh originally proposed a bill that would legalize gambling in Alabama and pave the way for several casinos, a state lottery, and several other forms of gaming. After lawmakers were unable to rally enough votes to pass it, Senator Jim McClendon put forward a ...
Mar 15, 2021, 6:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery and gambling bill moves to the Senate
Legislation moves one step closer to establishing a state-run lottery
By Kate Northrop
A lottery and casino bill put forward by Alabama Senator Del Marsh was unanimously approved this morning to move on to the full State Senate for discussion.
Alabama lawmakers are so far successfully re-entering the conversation around legalizing gambling within the state, which includes the implementation of a state-run lottery that could potentially garner hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
Feb 10, 2021, 2:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama residents cross state lines in droves to play lottery as jackpots soar
Possibility of state lottery remains in limbo as residents pressure lawmakers
By Kate Northrop
The jackpots for multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball are at record highs this week, and Alabama residents are doing all they can to join in on the fun while they wait endlessly for an approval of a state-run lottery of their own.
Alabama is one of five U.S. states that does not yet have its own state lottery. Locals are flustered with the hassle of having to drive to one of four bord ...
Jan 18, 2021, 5:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery bill is likely dead in Alabama legislature
It appears the latest attempt to create an Alabama state lottery will die, killed this time not by special interests but, instead, coronavirus.
The Alabama legislature still has about half of its 30 allotment of meeting days remaining, but also faces a mid-May deadline to end the session that began in early February. All meeting days must take place within a 105 day span.
COVID-19, and the restrictions it has caused, will probably kill most most of them.
It's not only Representative Ste ...
Mar 25, 2020, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery bill filed in House with 70 co-sponsors
Alabama Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, filed an education lottery bill Tuesday with 70 co-sponsors that if passed would go to the ballot as a constitutional amendment for people to vote on.
It would approve a paper-based lottery generating about $167 million each year according to Clouse. 50 percent of the proceeds would go toward the First Class Pre-K program and the other half for scholarships. Video lottery terminals would not be allowed.
It's just time that we put this on the ballot agai ...
Mar 12, 2020, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama governor reestablishes study group for lottery
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reopened the Governor's Study Group on Gambling Policy by signing Executive Order 719.
I am committed to, once and for all, getting the facts so that the people of Alabama can make an informed decision on what has been a hotly debated topic for many years, Ivey said in a press release. Without a doubt, there will be ramifications if we eventually expand gaming options in our state just as there are costs associated with doing nothing.
The purpose of the study group i ...
Mar 5, 2020, 12:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery legislation: Inside Alabama's lottery debate
A drive across the Mississippi state line is becoming a common trip for Alabamians who want to play the state's new lottery.
At least twice a week, Aretha told us as she bought a ticket.
At least once a week, Joseph said from the convenient store right across the state line.
I would rather spend it where we live so we can pay for everything over there, said Brenda Gerganus as she bought a handful of tickets .
Gurganus said she'd rather her lottery money go to Alabama's schools.
Feb 3, 2020, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmaker tries again with new lottery proposal
Includes video report
An Alabama lawmaker says he plans to propose an amendment to the state's constitution to put an education lottery on the ballot for citizens to vote on in November.
The proposal by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Dothan, gives half of the proceeds to Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. The other half would fund some college need-based scholarships. Clouse said Alabama could model it off of Tennessee's scholarship program.
I think the general sentiment in the House, and I th ...
Jan 28, 2020, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum