About the Alabama Lottery
Alabama does not currently have a lottery.
A bill introduced in March, House Bill 418, could change that. HB 418, which has the support of 70 co-sponsors, includes scratch-off games as well as popular multi-state lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions. If passed, the bill would allow voters to decide whether to allow lotteries in Alabama.
Alabama's fiscal office estimates a state lottery could bring in between $167 million and $200 million annually. The bill proposes to spend this income on education, including pre-kindergarten programs and college scholarships.
Gov. Kay Ivey has also commissioned a study group to further evaluate the potential revenue of a state lottery. The group is expected to present a final report by the end of the year.
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.
Where will Alabama Lottery funds go?
HB 418, introduced in March 2020, proposes to split the revenue generated by the Alabama Lottery between pre-kindergarten programs and college scholarships.
What lottery games will I be able to play in Alabama?
The proposed bill includes Powerball, Mega Millions, and scratch-off games.
What are the next steps for establishing the Alabama Lottery?
The study group launched by Gov. Kay Ivey to assess the revenue a state lottery can generate is set to present their findings by the end of the year. With this information, state officials will decide whether to approve it. If passed, the public will then vote on whether to establish a state lottery.