Senate committee narrowly approves Alabama lottery bill

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A Senate committee narrowly approved a state lottery bill on Wednesday.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee okayed SB326, sponsored by Huntsville-Republican state Sen. Paul Sanford, by a 3-2 vote.

The legislation proposes a constitutional amendment, which the voters would have to approve, that would allow Alabama to join multi-state lottery games only such as Powerball and Mega Millions.

The legislative fiscal office estimates the lottery would generate $45 million annually.

Alabama is one of only six states —  Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah — without a state lottery.