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Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lottery supporters have finally struck the jackpot.

Gov. Matt Mead cleared the way for Wyoming to begin the process of bringing a lottery to the state by signing House Bill 77 into law Wednesday.

The legislation will create a quasi-government corporation that will be charged with establishing a state lottery or, more likely, joining a multi-state game, such as Powerball.

The proposal narrowly passed the Legislature last month. It then faced the threat of a veto from Mead, who has been lukewarm in his support of the proposal throughout the session.

But the governor said Wednesday he decided to sign the bill into law because it was the right financial decision for the state.

"This is a way to keep Wyoming money in Wyoming," he said in a statement. "Right now, we are seeing many people cross the border and spending their dollars in out-of-state businesses. I want to keep those dollars here."

Wyoming is one of the few states that currently does not allow some type of lottery.

Many lottery supporters said the state has been missing out on both the lottery revenue and the related sales tax money when Wyomingites travel outside the state to buy lottery tickets and other goods while they are doing so.

The state estimates the lottery could generate $5 million to $9 million a year in revenue for Wyoming.

The bill calls for the first $6 million to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on the state's sales tax formula. Any additional earnings would flow into the permanent land fund's common school account.

The bill does not allow for scratch-off or other instant-win games.

Mead has previously said he worries more about those type of games and their potential to lead to gambling problems and other societal issues.

But he said the lottery bill he approved could still have negative effects, which will need to be monitored.

"This is a form of gambling, and I commit to keeping a close eye on any social impacts of the lottery when it gets up and running to see if there are ways to address those," he said.

Rep. Dave Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, who sponsored the bill, said he views the lottery as more of a type of entertainment than gambling.

He said Wednesday that he is happy the bill is becoming law because it is something that his constituents have wanted for years.

Attempts to pass lottery bills failed in each of the past three general legislative sessions dating back to 2007.

"I thought it had about a 50-50 chance of passing this time and that it would need some luck to get through," he said. "So I guess the timing was finally right."

Zwonitzer said he is also satisfied with how the revenue distribution model worked out.

The bill originally called for all proceeds to go to the local governments. But it was amended in the Senate so that all the money would go to the saving account for schools.

The two chambers eventually settled on the compromise to split the money between the localities and the schools.

Zwonitzer added that the bill contains a clause for the Legislature to review where the revenue is distributed after six years. He said the state should then have a better idea of how much the lottery will actually generate.

Nephi Cole, a policy adviser in the governor's office, said Mead will be able to name the nine members to the lottery corporation after July 1.

He said the board members will be paid the same stipend that applies to legislators during the session.

The corporation will then name a CEO and select a firm that will serve as the vendor for the lottery.

Cole said that firm will provide all the expertise and equipment needed to get the lottery's terminals operational in various retail locations throughout the state.

Cole said the lottery corporation will need to find financing on its own without the help of state funds. However, he and others said lotteries are typically seen as reliable customers and do not face major challenges in securing the financing from banks or other lenders.

Cole said he couldn't put a timeline on when residents will actually be able to buy lottery tickets in the state.

But Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, said most states can generally enter all the necessary agreements and put in the lottery's infrastructure in six to nine months once the appointments and hirings are done.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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Posted: March 14, 2013, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

Awesome!  Go Wyoming!

The lottery is NOT a tax on the poor.  By calling it a tax, you are calling it mandatory, which is what taxes are.  But the lottery is NOT mandatory, therefore calling it a tax highly inaccurate.

    ONEDAY's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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    Posted: March 14, 2013, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

    darn it! I was hope  to retire in WY..and be free of the lottery! oh well there goes my pension!

    have a great winning day!

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      Posted: March 14, 2013, 12:56 pm - IP Logged

      I hope they join Mega Millions and/or Powerball, so what lottery games will Wyoming play?


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        Posted: March 14, 2013, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

        I hope they join Mega Millions and/or Powerball, so what lottery games will Wyoming play?

        Rumor has it one of the first games will be called "Small Dreams Do Come True". This will be a $20 scratcher, featuring a top prize of $1000.00  Lep

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          Posted: March 14, 2013, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

          Woo Hoo WyomingThumbs Up

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            Posted: March 14, 2013, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

            i think they ofc  join both mm/pb

            makes no sense not 2. 

            any people in charge of running lottery there  should have logic to do so   or there not fit for running the show there.

             

             it be nice to have them in the fold  thro playin with rest of us . however small they are as  player pop rofl.

             

            hope u guys  get in before 2013 over , thro 2014 it could be

            thro am sure whole setting up lottery corp /allowing time for bid wars on who supply lottery terms and stuff ,getting it all set up for players to just buy will take some time.

            todd will keep us posted when they start.

            it be intresting to see how fast they get off the ground and running things

            sup

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              Posted: March 14, 2013, 9:42 pm - IP Logged

              darn it! I was hope  to retire in WY..and be free of the lottery! oh well there goes my pension!

              If you want to be free of gambling, scratch Nevada and Mississippi from list of states without a lottery because they both have casinos. Alabama and Utah might be your best choices because they border a state without a lottery and states with lotteries. If you get the urge to drive out of state and buy tickets, it would be very difficult if you retire in Alaska and Hawaii.

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                Rumor has it one of the first games will be called "Small Dreams Do Come True". This will be a $20 scratcher, featuring a top prize of $1000.00  Lep

                "The bill does not allow for scratch-off or other instant-win games."

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                  Posted: March 14, 2013, 11:00 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats Wyoming

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                    Posted: March 14, 2013, 11:25 pm - IP Logged

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                      Posted: March 15, 2013, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

                      While you are waiting for the lottery to be set up, you can play the Massachusetts Lottery by subscription, which you can buy over the phone.

                      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                        Posted: March 16, 2013, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

                        I hope they start a numbers game. I'm not sure that they will since Colorado, Montana, and the Dakotas don't have numbers games.

                        Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                        In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                          Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:49 pm - IP Logged

                          I once wrote a very short poem about Wyoming that anybody whose ever been there would understand.

                           

                          It goes somethin' like this here:

                           

                          Going to Wyoming

                          Is like a bald guy combing

                          There just ain't no reason fer it


                                                                       
                                               
                                                                   

                           

                           

                           

                           

                                                                                                                             

                          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

                           

                           

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                            Posted: March 16, 2013, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

                            I once wrote a very short poem about Wyoming that anybody whose ever been there would understand.

                             

                            It goes somethin' like this here:

                             

                            Going to Wyoming

                            Is like a bald guy combing

                            There just ain't no reason fer it

                            is that a haiku poem?

                            Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars,

                            because it is his natural characteristic,

                            so the artist works.

                            by Alma  Gluck