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Limited Release Sweepstakes

In an effort to equitably distribute the limited availability, high demand products to individual consumers while still offering access to slightly higher availability items, the Alabama ABC has developed a Sweepstakes specific to a location or store. Only one entry allowed per person.

Winning Alabamians of Legal Drinking Age will have the opportunity to attend a Limited Release Event where the ABC will offer the attendee the right to purchase limited quantities of highly allocated releases from multiple suppliers.

100 places in line will be awarded to the sweepstakes winners. Participants will only need to show up the day of the Limited Release to claim their place in line. Visit the Terms and Conditions for full details and instructions.

Sweepstakes registration opens at 8:00 AM on October 5, 2020 and will close at 5:00 PM on October 25, 2020. Drawings will be conducted on October 26, 2020. All participants will be notified of results through email and/or text by October 28, 2020.

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Limited Release Sweepstakes

In an effort to equitably distribute the limited availability, high demand products to individual consumers while still offering access to slightly higher availability items, the Alabama ABC has developed a Sweepstakes specific to a location or store. Only one entry allowed per person.

Winning Alabamians of Legal Drinking Age will have the opportunity to attend a Limited Release Event in Montgomery where the ABC will offer the attendee the right to purchase limited quantities of highly allocated releases from multiple suppliers.

100 places in line will be awarded to the sweepstakes winners. Participants will only need to show up the day of the Limited Release to claim their place in line. Visit the Terms and Conditions for full details and instructions.

Sweepstakes registration opens at 8:00 AM on October 5, 2020 and will close at 5:00 PM on October 25, 2020. Drawings will be conducted on October 26, 2020. All participants will be notified of results through email/text by October 28th.

Limited Release Sweepstakes

How will Alabama’s 2020 Limited Release Sweepstakes work?

The Alabama ABC will hold a Sweepstakes to determine the top 100 places in line at a Limited Release event. The event in question will be held at eight ABC Select Spirits Stores. The event will take place on Monday, November 9, 2020. Winners will be assigned a designated time to arrive, register, line up and enter the store based on their awarded position. For a full list of Sweepstake Winners assigned time slots, click here. At the assigned time participants will be able to register on the property. A Sweepstakes Winner’s Registration Tent will be on sight. All participants will be required to pass a temperature check and confirm that they are free of any COVID19 symptoms before they will be allowed to take their place in line. All participants will be required to wear a mask while in the registration line, in the Whiskey Release line and while in the store. The first 25 Sweepstake winners will be allowed to begin registration at 8 AM. No participant will be allowed on the property prior to their assigned time slot. All winners not in checked in and in line at their assigned time, will forfeit their position in line. The Store will open for business at 9:00 AM .

All current residents of Alabama of legal drinking age (21) wishing to enter the Fall 2020 Limited Release Sweepstakes will need to visit our Website and complete the registration form. Your name and address information MUST match your license exactly. Should you win a place in line at our event and the name on your ID does not match the entry exactly, you will forfeit your place in line. All Active military that are stationed in Alabama and can provide proof of residency are welcome to enter as well. The entry website will open at 8:00 AM on October 5, 2020 and will close at 5:00 PM on October 25, 2020. All Limited Release Sweepstakes participants will receive notification and status updates by October 28, 2020. If you are awarded a place in line, the notification will inform you of your time slot and position at that time. Your notification will arrive via email and text.

Winning the Alabama ABC Select Spirits 2020 Limited Release Sweepstakes WILL NOT guarantee any specific product. It WILL guarantee you a position in line at our store on the day of the event. No need to camp out for three days. In fact, No one will be allowed on the property before 8:00 AM on the day of the event. Our Sweepstakes program will randomly select names to secure a position in the line that will form at 9:45 AM (First 25 Sweepstakes Winners) the day of the event. The first name chosen by our random selection Sweepstakes program will be awarded position number 1 in the line at the venue. The second name will be awarded position number 2 and so on until all 100 guaranteed positions are awarded.

At 8:00 AM on November 9, 2020 , the store will welcome any person of legal drinking age (21) that does not have a guaranteed position in line to participate in the walk-up line. A separate Walk-Up Tent will be on each property. The participants in this line will be assigned timed slots in groups of 25. These groups will be allowed on the property at the assigned time and asked to line up. They will enter the store in the order in which they arrived AFTER the Sweepstakes Winners have entered. For a full list of assigned Walk-Up time slots, click here.

A valid Alabama driver’s license that matches the entry EXACTLY must be presented to take the awarded position. Active Duty Military stationed at an Alabama base with proof of residency will also be accepted. Absolutely no substitutes will be allowed. The person standing in line MUST be the person that entered and won the Sweepstakes. The name on the ID and the name on the entry sheet must match exactly. All Sweepstakes Winners and Walk-Up participants NOT present and in line at your assigned time will be disqualified and the line will contract to absorb the missing participant’s locations.

Once inside the venue, the participant will be able to choose no more than 1 bottle from Table 1 (Contains the most highly allocated products), 2 total bottles from Table 2 (Second most allocated products: Must be two different products), and up to 2 bottles of every other product available in the release and in inventory at the selected location upon his or her entry.

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Lottery bill filed in Alabama House, but no date set for vote

Yes, a legislator filed a lottery bill this week. No, a date for a vote has not been set.

House Ways and Means General Fund chairman Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, dropped his long-expected amendment on Tuesday. It would create a paper-based lottery, with proceeds split between Alabama’s pre-kindergarten program and a scholarship program to provide aid for higher education. A small portion of proceeds would go for compulsive gambling programs.

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But neither Clouse nor House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, are certain when it might come to a vote. The Legislature is on break and will not resume daily sessions until later this month. The upper chamber could be a hurdle. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, has said he believes a lottery will not pass unless a broader gambling package accompanies it.

“When we get back, we’ve still got the budget, we’ve got prison reform issues, and a bunch of bills waiting in line,” Clouse said Friday. “I don’t want to drag the House down on this issue if we don’t get a hearing on it the Senate.”

Alabama is one of a handful of states without a lottery. Attempts to establish a lottery in recent years have fallen victim to the ongoing cold war between the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who run casinos in Atmore, Montgomery, and Wetumpka, and dog tracks like VictoryLand in Macon County and GreeneTrack in Greene County.

Legislators from areas with dog tracks have repeatedly tried to pass local amendments to settle the constitutionality of electronic bingo at their facilities, efforts that have run into opposition from the Poarch Band. The legislators in turn have generally refused to back a lottery without a settlement of the dog track issues. Clouse brought a lottery bill to the floor of the House last year; it failed a procedural motion by a single vote.

The amendment, which needs 63 votes to pass in the House, has more than 70 co-sponsors in that chamber, including McCutcheon. On Thursday, McCutcheon said he was not sure when the measure might come to the floor, saying he was waiting to see the results of the Governor’s Study Group on Gambling Policy, put together by Ivey to study gambling in Alabama.

Ivey said earlier this year she doesn’t want to move ahead on gambling legislation before she has clear information on the potential effects, positive and negative, of expanded gambling in Alabama.

Alabama State Rep. Steve Clouse talks with Speaker Mac McCutcheon on the floor of the house of representatives at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo: Jake Crandall/ Advertiser)

“We’re working directly with the governor’s office and the Senate leadership on the gaming commission the governor put together,” McCutcheon said.

The group may not complete its work until the end of year, but McCutcheon said they “may be receiving information sooner than that.” A request for comment was emailed to the Study Group on Friday.

Clouse said he hoped to get a vote on the lottery bill this year and get it on the November ballot, but he wasn’t certain that might happen.

The amendment would split lottery proceeds between the state's pre-kindergarten program and higher education scholarships.