GOP proposal would open door to lottery, casinos in Alabama
A constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling in Alabama authorizes a lottery, casino gambling and expanded Indian gaming.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican from Birmingham, Ala., gave other state senators an initial draft of the legislation Thursday. It calls for a Sept. 15 election so voters can decide the amendment's fate in wake of a projected $250 million shortfall in state's revenues this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
I could come in on Tuesday and my co ...
May 5, 2015, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman claims $80 million Powerball jackpot
An Alabama woman has claimed her prize from the winning Powerball ticket sold in North Escambia, Florida, on April 11.
Alice Dawson, 60, of Frisco City, AL, chose to receive the $80 million annuity jackpot as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $53,440,213.76.
This is a blessing in our lives and proves that anything is possible with faith in God, said Dawson. We plan on using our winnings to help our friends, family and our church.
The winning $80 million Powerball Quick Pick ticket was t ...
Apr 23, 2015, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
A state lottery could help Alabama get its financial house in order
Fifty years ago, lotteries were illegal in every state, but they have proven so lucrative and politically irresistible that 44 states have since started selling tickets to the lottery. In 2013, state-run lotteries brought in $62 billion, which amounts to $257 in sales to every adult in the nation.
Six stubborn holdouts remain. Alaska and Hawaii are isolated enough that they do not feel pressured by sales from their neighbors. Nevada and Mississippi have gambling lobbies that don't want a stat ...
Apr 20, 2015, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman claims biggest Florida Lotto jackpot of the year
By Todd Northrop
A woman from Alabama was the holder of a winning lottery ticket from last week's $48 million jackpot drawing of the Florida Lotto game.
Carolyn Bell, 64, of Montgomery, Alabama, claimed what turned out to be the largest Florida Lotto jackpot of 2014, opting to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60.
The numbers drawn for the November 19, 2014, Lotto drawing were 13, 16, 17, 26, 39, and 41, with Xtra number 3.
Bell is a loyal Florida Lo ...
Nov 25, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama man loses $80,000 in foreign lottery scam
Includes video report
Dannie Perry was a generous man who found himself caught up in a lottery scam. After relentless harassment from the criminals, he finally got them to stop contacting him.
Postal inspectors have a reminder to avoid this happening to you or your loved ones.
It was a great American dream to win some money where you could retire and you could take care of your grand kids and your family and just do what you wanted to do, says Dannie Perry, a fraud victim.
Jul 15, 2014, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
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