Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama’s unlikely lottery is again up for debate today. A state senator was ready to file a bill today to start the creation of an Alabama lottery. If a lottery were ever on the ballot in Alabama, odds are you’d find a lot of yes votes.
“I really think we should have had it already, everyone from Mobile travels just to play the lottery, when the lottery was like 3 billion I went down there, all of Mobile was over there and we should get some of that money too,” said Quinton Thomas while filling his vehicle with gas on Spring Hill Avenue. A lot of people feel a voluntary lottery would be less painful than a mandatory gas tax.
“They need money and they need something better than a gas tax I think if you ask all the citizens of Alabama they would prefer a lottery over a gas tax,” said Alabama lottery supporter Paul. While most people I spoke with were generally in favor of a lottery the few against it said it’s probably not going to work out the way it was intended.
“Probably against it because whatever money they get from it they’re probably going to steal anyway,” said David as he explained why he’d vote no on a possible state constitutional amendment on the lottery. Alabama is still one of five states nationwide without a lottery. All border states, including now Mississippi, where they plan to start selling their first tickets later this year.
State Senator Jim McClendon filed the 2019 lottery bill. He’s the same man who filed the last one in 2016. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the proposal allows voters to vote on a change to the state constitution in order to create a lottery and revenue would be split between the education trust fund and the general fund.