House lawmakers pass Alabama lottery bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The prospect of a statewide lottery in Alabama is still alive.

Mike Cason of our news partner AL.com reports the House of Representatives passed the lottery bill 64-35 during a late night vote on Thursday in Montgomery.

The measure required 63 votes to pass.

House lawmakers had been debating the lottery bill for several hours on Thursday.

The House voted 61-37, two votes short of the number needed to pass.

House members then voted to reconsider the measure and resumed debate.

The House finally passed the bill just after 11:30 p.m.

The affirmative vote sends the issue back to the Senate because of changes made to the bill in the House.

Governor Robert Bentley held a news conference after the House passed the bill. Here's what he had to say:

WHNT News 19's Brian Lawson has also been following the state lottery.

Click here for his latest report on the specifics of the lottery bill passed in the House.