WPR News
3:56 pm
Tue February 24, 2004

A Surprise from the State House: Powerball Passes

Cheyenne, WY – The luck of Wyoming may have just changed. The state House passed a bill to join a multi state Powerball lottery Tuesday. Supporters of the proposal say it could bring millions of dollars of revenue to Wyoming. But, Representative Pete Anderson says it sets a bad precedent. Anderson told other representatives that the constitution says legislators must protect the health and morality of the people of the state. Anderson is specifically worried that this would be state sponsored and advertised gambling. The revenue from the lottery would go to the state's general fund, with some funneled to senior citizens' services, parks and historical sites. The bill now moves to the senate.