Alabama border cities reap benefits of state without a lottery

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Tallapoosa, GA (WIAT) — Lottery players are hoping to hit the jackpot, and Georgia cities like Tallapoosa are seeing the benefits.

Robinson Convenience store is one of the top lottery ticket sellers in the state of Georgia, and it’s only a few miles from the Georgia/Alabama line.

The store brings in big bucks. A worker told CBS 42 News that in just a few hours on Wednesday morning, they sold $3,000 worth of tickets.

“It does directly fund some of the kindergarten programs, a lunch program, and technical assistance including computers, and that sort of thing for our local schools,” said Tallapoosa city manager Philip Eidson.

Many of the customers that buy tickets at the Robinson store are from Alabama, like Anniston’s Frank Jones, who hopes to see the lottery referendum pass.

“If they don’t pass it they are crazy,” Jones said. “Look at the money they are losing.”

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