Lottery

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The first Powerball and MegaMillions tickets were sold in the state Sunday. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation – or WyoLotto - reported nearly $200,000 in sales on its opening day. Natrona County sold the most tickets of any Wyoming county, taking in about $36,000.

Jon Clontz is the CEO of the Lottery Corporation. He said the day’s sales exceeded his expectations.

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WyoLotto released its list of the approved retailers on Tuesday. Starting August 24th, people won’t have to travel across state lines to buy tickets. Convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, bars and restaurants across the state will sell Powerball and MegaMillions Tickets, making it the 44th state to do so.

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The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has unveiled its logo.  It’s called Yolo the Jackpot-a lope.  The logo features a yellow Jackalope above the wording “WyoLotto.”

Lottery C-E-O Jon Clontz said that deciding on a design was tough, but they are excited with what they came up with.

“I know that the board was interested in getting something that aligned with the culture of the state of Wyoming and also stood out as something unique.”

Clontz add that things are moving along.             

Governor signs lottery bill

Mar 13, 2013

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has signed a lottery bill into law.            

The Governor’s approval means that Wyoming can either form its own state lottery or enter into a multi-state lottery on July first. 

A C-E-O and a nine member board will oversee the lottery.  Mead said last week that he was weighing the pros and cons of the lottery, but ultimately decided to sign the bill to keep Wyoming residents from driving to other states to purchase lottery tickets.  Mead says he wants to keep those dollars in Wyoming. 

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.

After rejecting the Senate version of the bill that would allow Wyoming to join a multi-state lottery, a conference committee has reached a compromise that supporters hope will get the bill to the governor. 

The House wants all revenue from the lottery to go to local government, but the Senate wants the money to go into a permanent account that’s used for schools. 

The compromise says that 6-million dollars goes to local government, while any money above that amount would go into the schools account. 

The State Senate has approved a bill that allows Wyoming to enter into a multi-state lottery.  Senators amended to move money that would be generated from the lottery from cities and counties to a fund that benefits schools.  Opponents of the lottery say it will hurt the poor.  But Senator Hank Coe says there is a lot of support for the measure.

“The citizens of this state want this bill.  I saw a poll in the last 12 months, 62 or 63% of the people in that poll support this lottery,” says Coe.

The Wyoming Senate is close to approving a bill that would allow the state to enter into a multi-state lottery.  The Senate spent the second day of debate on the bill clarifying language to make sure that the lottery is run properly and that the state is protected.  The Senate has not spent as much time on the moral issues that were the focus in the House.  Senator Michael Von Flatern of Gillette says the Senate noted that those concerns were already aired in the House.

The Wyoming Senate gave initial support to a bill that would allow the state to become part of a multi-state lottery, but not before hearing a lot of questions.  

Much of the debate centered on how the lottery would be administered and costs surrounding it.  Senator Bruce Burns says money raised would go to city and county governments.
 

“They estimate that it will bring in roughly about 25 million and that it should clear based on other states close to our size about a little over six million dollars a year net,” Burns says.

Wyoming House passes bill to create state lottery

Despite concerns that a lottery would be a regressive tax, the State House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow Wyoming to join a multi-state Powerball Lottery. 

It establishes a quasi-corporation that would be tasked with making the lottery profitable.  Several lawmakers near border states say that Wyoming is losing money as residents cross state lines to buy lottery tickets.