Governor's gaming council talks to other state lottery leaders

Governor's gaming council talks to other state lottery leaders

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The governor's advisory council on gaming met with the top lottery officials from Louisiana and New Hampshire on Thursday.

The goal of the meeting was to get a better idea of other options, which may exist for Alabama, if state lawmakers were to pass the legislation.

What they learned is each state has it's own unique little tweaks, but they all produce money for their respective state.

The big question when it comes to a lottery is how to split up the revenue.

Some states, such as Louisiana, pay out 50 percent of its revenue as prices, which is on the low end, while collecting about 35 percent for education.

That's an issue Alabama must solve, such as how much money should go towards prizes, and how much towards state programs while also deciding which state programs get the money.

These questions have divided lawmakers in the past and will likely take some compromise to get around in the future. And if we have learned anything from the last decade, that is going to be a challenge.

Lawmakers will also have to decide on the definition of what qualifies as a lottery.

Rep. Connie Rowe expressed concerns on Thursday that if a lottery was not narrowly defined, issues like the ones plaguing bingo could play out again with the lottery.

Lawmakers return for their next regular session in February.

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