Lotto tourism: Unexpected tourism revenue for California and Tennessee


Recently, the billion dollar jackpot in California had tourists from all over the world stream into California to buy lottery tickets. As the Powerball jackpot in Tennessee kept rising, more and more Alabamians ventured across state lines to try their luck.

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

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

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.

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