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Anti-Lottery Group Needs Help to Pay Off Debt

12 November 2002

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – As reported by the Associated Press: "The main group that opposed a state lottery is seeking donations to pay off a $100,000 debt.

"The Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance owes a Nashville bank, alliance spokesman Michael Gilstrap said last week.

"The Rev. Skip Armistead, chairman of religious leaders for a Gambling Free Tennessee, urged supporters to pass the collection plate again to help pay the debt.

"State voters on Nov. 5 approved a constitutional amendment that authorizes legislators to create a lottery to pay for education initiatives, such as college scholarships. The vote was 58 percent in favor.

"…Gilstrap said the alliance's board of directors is liable for the bank loan. He said any money repaid would go to the bank first.

"He's not optimistic that much money will come back, though…"

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