Last try for Alabama lottery dies in Senate committee
Legislation that would have authorized a public vote to establish an Alabama Powerball like lottery died this afternoon in a state Senate committee.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, was effectively killed when a majority of senators in the Tourism and Marketing Committee voted against it. That included both Republicans and Democrats.
Democrats said Sanford's power ball lottery which would see the state team with other states to offer a lottery would not generate as m ...
Sep 14, 2015, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery talk renews in upcoming special session
Governor Bentley told lawmakers that for this special session they could consider any measures that would provide revenue to Alabama's general fund budget.
However some, like state representative John Rogers, think there's not enough time for serious debate along the lines of casino gaming or a state lottery.
It's something that we've got to have but, I don't think we have enough time to really make it a proper issue, said Rogers.
Senator Paul Sanford of Huntsville confirmed Monday he ...
Sep 8, 2015, 7:16 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery proposal dead for now
Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, recently announced he will not push his bill to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and casinos during the second special session.
Sen. Paul Sanford, R- Huntsville, said he will introduce his own lottery proposal for the first time, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Marsh's legislation introduced during the regular session and first special session was a proposed constitutional amendment to allow gambling operations at ...
Aug 26, 2015, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. compares lottery to leisure suits
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley took his campaign for tax increases and budget reform to the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce today, where he was asked about whether he's concerned that Alabamians buy lottery tickets in other states.
Bentley indicated an Alabama lottery would not be the budget booster that some people think.
Now listen folks, the lottery is like leisure suits, the governor said. We're about 30 years behind.
Three neighboring states, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, already hav ...
Aug 2, 2015, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
Private management could be Alabama lottery option
If Alabama gets a lottery, private management may at least be an option.
But the Republican leader of the Senate said Wednesday he did not want to commit to any particular proposal, being wary of some of the negative experiences of other states with private managers.
Having no experience in the lottery field, we're just going to have to look at what other states have done and what's worked best for them, he said.
Marsh is sponsoring legislation that would establish a lottery and gambli ...
May 22, 2015, 7:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan approved by Senate committee
By a vote of 5-3, the Alabama Senate Tourism Committee on Thursday approved Sen. Del Marsh's (R-Anniston) lottery and gambling expansion plan. It now proceeds to the full Senate for consideration.
If passed into law, Alabama voters would have the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment legalizing a state-sponsored lottery and casino gaming. That vote would likely take place September 15, two weeks before the end of the current fiscal year. The bill would tax casino earnings at 13 pe ...
May 15, 2015, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery proposal set for Senate debate Tuesday
If Alabama approves a state-sponsored lottery, it will be heading down a well-worn path one trod by 44 states so far.
But one element of the lottery proposal by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, remains unusual: the Legislature would be able to spend the cash at its own discretion, rather than marking the money for a specific purpose, such as college scholarships.
It is uncommon for states not to earmark the money, Thomas Garrett, a University of Mississippi economist who studies state lotterie ...
May 10, 2015, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
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