Houston County would minimize $ 21 million out of $ 21 million by excluding gambling, firm WDHN says


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Alabama lawmakers will soon be voting on a bill to allow casinos and a lottery in the state.

There is a problem with the bill, at least for southeast Alabama.

"One big problem right now, the bill as it stands, completely rules out wiregrass," said Melody Lee, public relations for The Crossing at Big Creek.

If the Dothan area got a casino location, it could create around 6,200 jobs in the next five years.

Since the infrastructure is already in place here in Wiregrass, people are curious why this area was not selected.

There are no casinos in Georgia or Florida.

"It would certainly be an attraction for out-of-state visitors and people passing through," said State Representative Steve Clouse, R-Ozark.

The wiregrass will miss out on millions of dollars in traffic in and out of state without the addition of a casino.

"Not just $ 75 million in revenue for the state over five years, but $ 21 million for Houston County," Lee said.

Since there is not yet a state lottery in Alabama, there are state lotteries on all sides.

"Now that Mississippi has started the lottery, we are surrounded over the lottery," said Clouse.

The lottery money could be used for college scholarships in the state, which appears to be an area of ​​shortage for Alabama.

"We were the last nationwide in terms of student aid levels," said Clouse.