Alabama Lottery

The most asked question is how an Alabama Lottery will contribute to the economy of this state. Estimation was made that up to one hundred and ninety eight million dollars could be made by having a lottery system.

Factors to consider when estimating ticket sales are the proximity to other states with legal gambling, the age of the population and the extent of tourism in the state. Also, when looking at other states that have a lottery system in place, Alabama is most likely to generate about one hundred million dollars less than those states. That only makes up about two point five percent of the total state tax revenues.

Even though the residents of this state are aware of the high administration costs and low probability of ever winning the total sum, most support this idea. Prior to the year nineteen ninety nine, only bingo was considered a legal means of gambling thus a new form of gambling seems very welcoming.

Business people have argued that due to this state not having casino facilities, many people drove up to three hours further to the state of Mississippi for the pleasure of gambling at race tracks and casinos. They also argue that jobs need to be protected by offering these facilities so that people will not consider driving to other states to indulge in their gambling pleasures.

In most cases, groups that are pro education are the ones who oppose lottery systems. They feel that the state should spend those millions on the improvement of free education. The racetrack owners are also kicking back hard at the idea as they fear to lose loyal clients to this new and exciting form of gambling.

Although some states have had success with this, it seems Alabama Lottery is far from being accepted and is still strongly opposed by politicians, business people, religious groups and family associations.