Alabama Considers Legalizing The Lottery
State Could Become 45th In Country With Lottery
Alabama lawmakers were set to having two separate hearings Wednesday to talk about bringing the lottery to the state. The committee hearings come just weeks after the Powerball reached a record $1.6 billion.
The state could be leaving the no-lottery group that includes Nevada, Mississippi, Utah, Hawaii and Alaska. More than a dozen states have some form of Internet lotto sales and many more are considering the activity to boost revenues. Online lottery games were made legal thanks to a re-interpretation of a decades-old law that also allowed for states to license online poker sites.
In 2014, Wyoming became the 44th state to implement a lottery.
More than 15 years ago, Alabama voters rejected a lottery, and approving one will be what they’re going to be asked to do again come November, if legislation on the table passes.
Americans spend more than $70 billion on the lottery each year, making it the most popular form of gambling in the nation. More than half of the adults in the U.S. play the lottery.
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