May 6, 2024 3 min read

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Trump Jr. Slams Alabama Senate’s Resistance to State Lottery Bill

Next week Trump Jr. is attending a fundraising event in Alabama to support his father’s presidential campaign and he used the opportunity to express his astonishment that Alabama residents often mention the issue of gaming when talking about state matters

In a recent social media post, Donald Trump Jr., son of former US president Donald Trump, criticized the Alabama Senate’s reluctance to pass a bill that will allow Alabama state residents to cast their vote on whether they would like to have a state lottery or not. 

Alabama Senate’s Narrow Vote Against Lottery Bill Ignites Controversy

Discussions about the lottery bill became even more sizzling when the Alabama Senate voted against the most recent proposition regarding gambling and lottery in the state. The vote had a mere one-vote margin and caused wide discussions and comments regarding the Senate’s viewpoint regarding a state lottery and gambling in general.

Why’s their senate refusing to let the people vote on a clean bill to legalize the lottery & fund education when 45 states already do it? Wouldn’t they rather keep the billions of $$$ in Alabama instead of sending it to other states? Makes no sense to me!

Trump Jr. post on X

Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has also been involved in the discussions through her company, which commissioned a poll showing overwhelming support for gambling legalization among Alabama residents, reported Alabama news outlet Al.com. Despite this state-wide support, however, the Senate remains reluctant to pass any legislation on the matter.

Gov. Ivey Advocates for Alabama Lottery

Gov. Kay Ivey has also joined in the debate in support of the introduction of a lottery in Alabama highlighting that it is important to let Alabama residents cast their vote. Ivey made her stance clear again saying that she has not changed her mind. She further highlighted that legislators have had enough opportunities to express their opinions but now it is time that they let Alabama voters have a say in the matter.

The proposal in question, HB151, aimed to establish an educational lottery, marking Alabama’s first venture into the lottery realm in 25 years. According to the legislation, any proceeds from the lottery were supposed to go toward improving the state’s education system. However, the Senate’s vote nipped the bill in the bud and its future now remains uncertain.

However, there is still some hope as Alabama Senators have made some hints that they may be reconsidering the bill again in the last days of this legislative session. Still, the future of the bill depends on the willingness of lawmakers to discuss and reach a consensus on their broader stance regarding gambling in the state, which also includes the expansion of sports betting and casino gaming.

Bill proponent State Sen. Greg Albritton noted that he has reservations regarding the current state of the bill which excludes various forms of gambling such as sports betting. His concerns show how complicated it is for Senators to reach a consensus regarding the lottery bill and the general gambling landscape in Alabama.

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Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

4 Comments

  • Elise. Simmons
    May 6, 2024 at 11:13 pm

    Let people vote on gambling and a lottery. Don’t you hypocrites think it’s about time .

  • ron pridmore
    May 7, 2024 at 7:50 am

    Come November we will let them know who they work for.

  • Gene Howe
    May 7, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    Does Alabama have to vote for Democrat leadership to get the right to vote for a lottery?
    These clowns we have in the state Senate today have no respect for our opinions. Throw the bastards out.

  • Sharome Gilbert
    May 7, 2024 at 9:48 pm

    Makes no sense to me at all especially when Mississippi has it and we don’t how backward does this make us look wake up Alabama!

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