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Wyoming lottery backers try again

Wyoming LotteryWyoming Lottery: Wyoming lottery backers try again

CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Legislators will have another chance to pass a state lottery bill in the weeks ahead. The new proposal is modeled after the 15-year-old Georgia lottery.

The 2009 version is different in many respects from previous bills that failed to get through the Wyoming Legislature.

For one thing, the proposal would direct $11 million or $12 million to the Hathaway Scholarship Permanent Trust. It also would set up a separate entity, a business corporation, to run the lottery and would not require any state dollars.

The main sponsors of "The Wyoming Lottery for Education Act," Reps. George Bagby, D-Rawlins, and Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, were signing up more sponsors Monday, the day before today's noon opening of the 60th Wyoming Legislature.

A four-member board appointed by the governor would oversee the corporation.

The bill authorizes Wyoming-specific lottery games and the state's involvement in any multi-state lotteries.

The bill differs from the Georgia program in that it also allows for visual lottery terminals at Wyoming Downs, the horse track in Evanston.

The horse racetrack would put up a $1 million application fee to help the corporation get started.

"That exact form of video lottery can only be at the racetrack," Wallis said.

The restriction should reassure people who are "concerned about rampant gambling across the state," Wallis said.

Two years ago horse racing officials opposed the lottery bill.

Wallis and Bagby noted that legislative leaders say the Hathaway scholarship fund is running short this year and education officials may have to dip into reserves.

"Every time you buy a lottery ticket, you're not only taking a chance of winning yourself, you're also helping the Hathaway scholarship," Bagby said.

Previous bills failed primarily because of the cost to the state, coupled with estimated low revenues from a lottery because of Wyoming's small population.

"This is what I love about this bill," Wallis said. "Zero state appropriation. Doesn't raise taxes. We're not taking money away from anybody to do this."

Gov. Dave Freudenthal, during the Democratic legislators' caucus Sunday, reiterated his opposition to gambling bills.

He said if the Legislature passes a "clean Powerball bill," however, he would sign it into law.

Wallis pointed out the lottery allows the state to participate in the national Powerball, or multi-state lottery.

The bill requires that at least 45 percent of the income go to prizes, while the rest would go to the Hathaway fund.

Currently Wyoming residents must leave the state to buy lottery tickets.

Under the bill, retailers could sign a contract with the corporation to participate. If they passed a background check, the corporation would set up a video terminal in its store or facility. The merchant would then get to keep a minimum 5 percent of the proceeds.

Star-Tribune

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Wyoming, along with Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, Minesota, and Hawaii, should get a Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt Pick5/30 but that it pays: 20,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket] or 10,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket]...

please think about women and the elderly......

The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


 


 


 

 


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    I totally forgot to mention, Australia, Belgium & Ecuador needs to get itself, Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt Pick5/30 but that it pays: 20,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket] or 10,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket]...

    please think about women and the elderly......

    The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


     


     


     

     



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      Posted: January 18, 2009, 10:57 am - IP Logged

      Wyoming, along with Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, Minesota, and Hawaii, should get a Pennsylvania Treasure Hunt Pick5/30 but that it pays: 20,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket] or 10,000 each jackpot [per winning ticket]...

      please think about women and the elderly......

      I'm elderly (in the eyes of the young) and I think about women most of the time,but it doesn't seem to help me win the lottery.

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        I'm elderly (in the eyes of the young) and I think about women most of the time,but it doesn't seem to help me win the lottery.

        Good one MaddMike51!

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        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Posted: January 18, 2009, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

          how old are you...I am talking people who are 86 years old and above....I am not talking about no one who is 67 years old...my bad i should have said so...you see i speak spanish and the word for elderly in spanish is "Anciano" which means someone who is 85 and above not someone who is 70 or 60 years old...

          and yes you are right placing a pick5/30 will not make an elderly win, thanks for reminding me...

          when i said please think about women and the elderly, i meant please be "CONSIDERATE" of the elderly and women when creating lottery games...that's what i meant...

          The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


           


           


           

           



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            Posted: January 18, 2009, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

            how old are you...I am talking people who are 86 years old and above....I am not talking about no one who is 67 years old...my bad i should have said so...you see i speak spanish and the word for elderly in spanish is "Anciano" which means someone who is 85 and above not someone who is 70 or 60 years old...

            and yes you are right placing a pick5/30 will not make an elderly win, thanks for reminding me...

            when i said please think about women and the elderly, i meant please be "CONSIDERATE" of the elderly and women when creating lottery games...that's what i meant...

            I know what you meant,Pumpi.I saw an oportunity to be a smart a$$ without offending anyone so I took it.

            I'm in my mid to late 50's,some folks see that as old.I know I did when I was much younger.When my aunt & uncle were my age they thought 80+ was old,now that they're 80+ they don't think they're old.They buy lottery tickets hoping to finance their  golden years even though they're already wealthy.Go figure.