Legislature approves state lottery bill

Feb 26, 2013

The Wyoming legislature has agreed on a bill that would allow the state to be part of a multi-state lottery.  

Under the deal, the first six million dollars that’s raised from a lottery each year will go to local governments, while the rest goes to a permanent school fund. 

Many in the House were concerned that local governments weren’t getting enough money, but House Floor Leader Kermit Brown says there is no way of telling how much it will make.

“There’s been a lot of speculation through the years about whether a lottery would work in Wyoming.  I think its failed more than once because people didn’t think we had the critical mass to support a lottery.  And nobody knows for sure what’s gonna happen.”

In the Senate, Charles Scott of Casper also urged support for the bill because the public wants it to pass. 

The bill now goes to the governor for his consideration.