Alabamians help Sunshine State lotto sales

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

While lottery tickets and scratch offs may be illegal in Alabama, it is not stopping a number of residents from traveling south to the Florida state line.

Michelle Dixon is an employee at Panhandle Package store in Campbleton, Florida and says even more Alabamians are coming in since Powerball has been in play.

"So many days if you could just count the number of tags on the car and that's all you see on the cars is Alabama cars out there in the parking lot," says Dixon.

And the numbers prove that. Panhandle Packaging store has been recognized for the highest amount of lottery sales in the region, competing with cities like Tallahassee.

Dixon says, "Florida and Georgia are profiting off of the fact that Alabama doesn't want lotto or any kind of gambling, it's crazy."

Wanda Knight may not be a Floridian but that does not stop her money from funding programs in the Sunshine State.

"People are going to want to gamble and they're going to go to the closest one, why not let them go home and do it and not to another state," said Knight.

Anthony brown's money is also going to Florida, "Alabama is struggling, they want to resolve the means of downsize and the problems with the economical apart of it then you have to come up with some part of revenue and lotto and scratch off is what people like to do."

His theory is buying a simple ticket isn't as harmful as some make it out to be.

"The sale of alcohol in Alabama does worse than the sale of a lotto ticket or you know, playing the lotto or scratch off, you know they sell worse than that when they sell alcohol, the sell of a gun."

A winning lottery ticket has been sold in Panama City. A ticket sold at a Thomas Drive convenience store in Panama City is worth more than $30,000.


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