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
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