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Alabama Considers Legalizing The Lottery

State Could Become 45th In Country With Lottery

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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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