REFORM, Ala. — People living in West Alabama will soon be able to test their luck in the lottery. Scratch-off ticket sales were set to begin December 1st, 2019 in Mississippi.
The state's legislature passed a lottery bill in September, leaving Alabama as one of five states without a lottery.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation could not say whether the corporation would market directly to West Alabamians.
"Our director of advertising will determine which markets we have a presence in," Spokeswoman Meg Annison said.
The lottery will fund infrastructure and education. Annison said accessibility was fueling excitement.
"It's coming close to home, they [lottery players] won't have to go as far," Annison said, "In Mississippi, depending on which retailers qualify, they can go around the corner."
Reform is one of Alabama's closest cities to the state line. People living there told ABC 33/40 they planned on playing Mississippi's lottery, even if they would not admit it publicly.
"A lot of people think that people will be taking money out of the mouths of their kids, because Alabama is a poor state," Business Owner Marilyn Steen said.
Steen said she would not make a special trip to play, but she does shop in Mississippi at least twice per month. However, the woman said she would rather Alabama adopt a lottery of its own to fund education.
"Every student in the state of Alabama that wants to go to college should have the opportunity to go, without thousands and thousands of dollars in student loans," Steen said.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said they were on track to begin ticket sales on or before December 1st, 2019.
In addition to scratch-off tickets, the corporation will phase in Powerball and Mega Millions games in Spring 2020.