Carolina lottery leaves Alabama standing alone
North Carolina is a conservative state, so passage of a lottery there last week might bode well for Alabama where religious groups keep such legislation from passing.
It was a close vote in Raleigh, with the Senate deadlocked 24-24 and needing Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue to cast the deciding vote.
What is interesting is that two Republican senators who consistently opposed passage had other business the day of the vote. One chose to marry, and another one was reported to be ill.
Public opinion polls showing that a majority of North Carolinians favors the lottery may have helped them be absent.
Only nine states now have no lottery, and one of them is neighboring Mississippi, which feasts off Alabama gambling dollars at its casinos.
Perhaps, the two no-show senators also tired of seeing North Carolina gambling dollars flow to surrounding states.