Governor Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation proposing a lottery. This comes after major budget cuts by Dunleavy last year. A state lottery would generate approximately $5 million to $10 million a year and this is expected to grow should additional games be added. Alaska is one of five states that does not have a lottery according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
Dunleavy’s proposal for a state lottery would establish a lottery corporation able to conduct any lottery game such as Powerball, Mega Millions, scratch offs, sports betting and games through media or electronic terminals. This bill proposes money in a lottery profits fund be used for an education endowment fund and programs to address drug abuse, domestic violence, senior services, foster care and homelessness.