Alabama Lottery Legalization Could Impact Ga. Sales



Alabama Lottery Legalization Could Impact Ga. Sales

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 18, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: Alabama is one of only six states that doesn't sell lottery tickets, but that could change soon.

Lawmakers in Alabama are divided on whether to legalize the lottery there to help fund Medicaid.

After years of opposition, the governor of Alabama now says legalizing the lottery is the only way to cover Medicaid costs. ...

Kennesaw State University associate professor of political science David Shock said if the Alabama lottery bills pass and prove successful, they could have a modest effect on Georgia lawmakers.

He said the Alabama lottery bills could generate some revenue for that state, but his concern is with the “overall negative effect on low-income people."

"A state like Alabama, it’s one of the lower-income states,” Shock said. “What ends up happening is a lot of the lower-income residents end up spending money on casinos and lotteries when they really can't afford it.”

More than 19 percent of Alabama residents live below the federal poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four.

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