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Alabama Boosts Georgia Lottery Sales

20 May 2002

ALABAMA – As reported by the Montgomery Advertiser: "Alabamians spent at least $98.55 million on Georgia lottery tickets in 2001, according to estimates from that state's lottery officials.

"`Last year, lottery sales in Georgia totaled $2.19 billion,' said J.B. Landroche, Georgia Lottery media relations manager. `We estimate 4.5 percent of sales come from Alabama,'; he said.

"…Gov. Don Siegelman, who has again made the lottery a part of his campaign, said Alabama has lost $500 million by not having a lottery.

"…Siegelman announced last week that he will again run on the issue that helped him win the governor's chair from Fob James in 1998, although voters rejected the lottery in October 1999 by a solid margin: 54 percent to 46 percent.

"…`I'm against gambling of all sorts. I believe in the people's right to vote, but I will use every ounce of my strength to urge people to vote no on any kind of gambling,' said Tim James, a Republican candidate for governor.

"…While Alabama struggles to finance its public schools, Georgia is raking in hundreds of millions of lottery dollars for education…"

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