ATTENTION GETTER: You are on your way to the beach, you cross the state line of Florida and you need gas. You stop at a gas station, walk inside to pay and you see scratch off lottery tickets. The only question that comes to your mind is, “Do I buy four or five?” But have you ever thought to yourself that by buying those tickets you are funding someone’s education?
SOURCE: In an article from the Tenessean, Lucas L. Johnson II reported the Tennessee Lottery has generated more than $1.3 billion for education programs since its inception five years ago. To date, the Georgia Lottery has transferred more than $10.5 billion to the students of Georgia. This money has allowed more than 1.1 million students to go to college in Georgia on HOPE Scholarships.
SIGNIFICANT STATEMENT: As of 2008, 67% of students attending the University of Alabama, use some form of financial aid. If Alabama were to have their own lottery, the option of programs such as Georgia’s HOPE and Florida’s Bright Future Scholarship would cut down this percentage tremendously.
VALUE STATEMENT: To many these facts seem undeniable for the answer to a lot of problems, but there are some who strongly disagree with notion of an Alabama Lottery.
THESIS: If Alabama can overcome the fight from religious groups on the issue of morality concerning the lottery, many positives would come such as better education, more jobs, and lower taxes.
PREVIEW STATEMENT: Today I am going to talk about the problems the state of Alabama faces without a lottery, what the views are of those who oppose the lottery, and why steps need to be taken to accomplish the lottery in the Alabama.
MAIN POINT: PROBLEMS AND BENEFITS OF ALABAMA LOTTERY
In 1999, Governor Don Siegelman proposed a state lottery for the state of Alabama. The attempt was rejected 56% to 46% by the voters.
PROBLEMS: The issues Alabama faces not having a lottery range from lack of education funding to loss of workers. Coming from an Editorial...