Alabama could join several state lotteries such as the Powerball and Mega Millions under a proposal that cleared its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved the proposed constitutional amendment by a 3-to-2 vote.
However, the lottery bill is considered a long shot to pass in the final weeks of this legislative session. Alabama is 1 of 6 states in the US that does not have a state lottery.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh voted against the bill despite introducing previous gambling bills. He says he doesn't think this is the right lottery bill because it was not accompanied by enabling legislation specifying how the lottery would be run.