About the Alabama Lottery
Alabama is surrounded by states with lotteries, and Mississippi was the latest neighbor to launch one in fall 2019.
Two previous lottery bills were passed by the senate but were rejected by the House. In March 2020, the introduction of a new bill (Bill 418), filed by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, and the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, was successful. This bill, which has the support of 70 co-sponsors, includes scratch-off games as well as the popular multi-state lotteries—Powerball and Mega Millions. Their hope is to get it on the ballot by November 2020 and then let the voters decide.
Rep. Steve Clouse and R-Ozark, who filed this bill, mentioned that the fiscal office estimates the potential annual earning of a state lottery to be between $167 million and $200 million. According to this bill, these earnings will be used to support education in the state of Alabama, including pre-kindergarten programs and need-based college scholarships.
A study group on Gambling Policy, formulated by the Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, met for the first time on April 20, 2020, to try and evaluate the revenue a state lottery could generate; they will continue to work on this till no later than December 31, 2020, when they will present a final report.
In a talk with David Barden, CEO of the New Mexico Lottery and Chairman of the Powerball Group Product, the study group was given an estimate of $1 billion in annual sales and about $280 million in annual profits.