Lottery Bill heads to Senate for a vote

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WIAT) The Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted out a lottery proposal Tuesday, in a 6 to 5 vote. The bill was introduced by Republican state senator Greg Albritton, his bill would establish a paper-ticket lottery only.

Many lawmaker referrers to this as a clean lottery bill, meaning it doesn’t involve electric gaming.

Senator Jim McClendon also has a lottery bill in the legislature, but his bill isn’t being considered this week. McClendon’s bill would allow for electronic gaming.

Albritton says his bill would generate 170 million dollars annually. He would like the money to go towards the general fund budget, not education. 

We caught up with Albritton Thursday morning, he says he’s not sure if he has the votes. 

“I have a tendency to be a little too facetious at times, maybe we will get through simply on my personality.”  

The Senate will need 21 votes to pass the lottery bill out of the Senate. 

“I think I’m optimistic, it is certainly not in the bag  there’s a lot  people that are interested in the outcome.” 

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