Thursday, December 18, 2014

Alabamians Cross State Lines to Buy Lottery Tickets
By Ashley Thompson

The combined Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot is now at 790 million dollars.

Alabamians have been driving to nearby states all week to buy tickets, tickets they can't buy them here. 

Is Alabama losing money by not having a lottery?

The Mega Millions jackpot is at 190 million dollars. The Powerball jackpot is at a record 600 million. Some Alabamians say the money is enough to bring them across state lines.

"My coworkers, we all got together to try to win this 600 million dollars," says Montgomery resident Whitney Austin. "Who doesn't need this?"

"I don't usually play but you can't ignore the numbers, says Alabamian John Langdon.

Alabamians stood in line waiting patiently to turn their numbers over to the cashier. We spoke with some of them, who tell us they're disappointed they can't play in Alabama.

"We need a lottery," says Larry Grimes of Phenix City. "All these good, righteous people over there that don't want it are some of the ones who are going under cover to play it."

Anshon Lamar works at a Circle K Gas Station in Columbus, Georgia. He tells us this week he's seen just as many Alabamians as he has Georgians.

"Out of ten customers, it would probably be half and half," he says. "If not more."

According to The Georgia Lottery wesbite, schools in Georgia have received more than 14 billion dollars in scholarships and grant money. And some say they believe Alabama schools would benefit from a lottery as well.

"We bring all the business over here when we need it over in Alabama for the schools," says Thomas Jackson.

"I think if we do get it, it can help education," says Austin.