Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Let's Put on a Raffle!" Said Pettus & Greer

The State of Alabama may not participate in any lotteries to aid in education, but two local state representatives are seeking a way around that. Phillip Pettus and Lynn Greer, who both serve as Republican reps for Lauderdale, want the state to authorize a raffle to fund Shoals Scholar Dollars (only for Lauderdale students).

Let's see...

Raffle - A means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random, the holder or holders of such tickets winning a prize.

Lottery - A means of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving prizes to the holders of numbers drawn at random.

Not much difference, is there? We'll say that the word "lottery" does conjure up images of something on a much larger scale than a raffle. Pettus and Greer have said local Rotary Clubs will administer the raffle...Wonder if they checked with them first? There's also no word on why these two reps didn't try to partner with their Colbert counterparts on this bill.


Want to contribute to Shoals Scholar Dollars? Here's the link:


1 comment:

  1. Raffles, casino games, gambling, sweepstakes, local fair gamers, etc.....all the same thing. Raffles are an acceptable thing if around Baptists (carnival are acceptable as well). You could even take 'cake-walks' (a school thing around Halloween) as a method of gambling.