About the Alabama Lottery
Alabama does not currently have a lottery. However, state legislators are moving forward a proposal that would establish lottery and casino gambling across the state.
The plan sets up a gaming commission to oversee the lottery, casinos, sports betting, and bingo. If passed, the new Alabama Education Lottery would offer scratch-off games, daily draws like Pick-3 and Pick-4, and popular multi-state lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions. Lottery tickets would be available to state residents aged 21 and over. Players would be able to buy tickets from a statewide network of lottery retailers, which would receive a 6% commission on ticket sales.
In April, the Alabama Senate approved the package and it now awaits review in the House of Representatives. If the proposal is approved by the legislature, it will be included as a ballot measure for Alabama voters to consider in November 2022.
The Legislative Services Agency estimates that the gambling expansion could raise $500 million to $700 million a year in tax revenue. The bill proposes to spend this income on education, including pre-kindergarten programs and college scholarships.
Can I play the lottery in Alabama?
Not currently. Alabama is currently one of just five states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a state lottery. The other lottery-less states are Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
How much would the lottery raise for the state?
The Legislative Services Agency estimates the Education Trust Fund and the scholarship program would each receive about $118 million a year from the lottery.
Where will Alabama Lottery funds go?
Ticket sales would first cover the cost of prizes and lottery operating expenses. At least 0.5% of sales proceeds would go to programs to help compulsive gamblers. A portion of unclaimed prize money would go to a grant program for agriculture. Lottery funds would also be used to lower the state sales tax on groceries from 4% to 2%.
The remaining proceeds would go into an education fund benefitting K-12 schools as well as colleges, and a scholarship program for community college students. It would also include a loan forgiveness plan for students who work in high-demand fields.
What lottery games will I be able to play in Alabama?
The proposed bill includes Pick-3, Pick-4, Powerball, Mega Millions, and scratch-off games.
Who would regulate the lottery?
The legislation sets up a seven-member gaming commission. The members would be appointed by state leaders. The commission would issue licenses to operate casinos and would regulate the state lottery. Additionally, the commission would be required to file annual reports detailing gambling revenue.
What are the next steps for establishing the Alabama Lottery?
The gambling package is now awaiting approval in the Alabama House. If it’s passed by the legislature, it will become a ballot measure for voters to consider in November 2022.