Governor-Lottery
1:52 am
Sun February 23, 2014

3 Of Bentley's Opponents Seek Alabama Lottery

Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.
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Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.

Both Democratic candidates for governor, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass, are proposing a lottery to pay for college scholarships. One of the Republican candidates, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, is advocating a lottery to pay for scholarships and several other programs.

To create a lottery, the Legislature must pass a constitutional amendment. Then voters must approve the amendment in a referendum Republican incumbent Robert Bentley says he has no problem with the Legislature doing that, but that he would vote against the referendum.

Bentley says he believes gambling is not a good way to fund education.