Tennessee Governor talks about Alabamians coming up for ‘Lotto Tourism’

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - As the Powerball jackpot kept rising, more and more Alabamians ventured across state lines to try their luck.

"Maybe they're just waiting for me to drive up there and get the winning ticket," said Limestone County resident Jimmy Kish.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he welcomes the so-called 'lotto tourists.'

"It probably ended up to Tennessee's advantage, those additional ticket sales," said Governor Haslam.

Governor Haslam says the state lottery has the potential to boost a lot more than just convenience store revenue.

"The result for us will be more money for our scholarships. In Tennessee we use the money for our HOPE scholarship program, which has really served to keep our best and brightest students in state," said Governor Haslam.

Governor Haslam understands opposition to the lottery, including from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, but he says the reward is outweighing the risk in his state.

"It's helped fund education for a lot of our students for 10 years now," said Haslam.

What's more, one of the luckiest Lotto winners ever, in the January billion dollar jackpot was from the Volunteer State.

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