A state lottery bill has been talked about among Alabamians for the last two decades and now, it could very well become reality. The lottery bill was passed through the Alabama Legislature earlier this week and is now awaiting a floor vote. If passed, the lottery would be played with paper tickets including instant tickets and multi-state lottery games. The bill, however, would not allow video lottery terminals which can resemble slot machines.
Although the lottery proposal re-sparked controversy over electronic gambling, Alabama voters would have the final say-so if the bill passes the floor. The reason being is because the passing of the bill would require a change in the state constitution. The Legislative Service Agency estimated that the lottery would produce more than $166 million annually. Alabama is currently one of five states without a state lottery.