Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery
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 ha ...
Mar 14, 2013, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill clears Legislature
Will the Governor sign the bill?
The Wyoming House and Senate on Tuesday struck a compromise on the bill to allow a state lottery and multi-state games such as Powerball.
House Bill 77 now goes to the desk of Gov. Matt Mead, who has been lukewarm about a lottery.
Mead has said he has no moral objections but is concerned about the potential social costs.
The governor can sign the bill into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.
The bill's passage culminated a ...
Feb 27, 2013, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Legislature works on lottery bill compromise
Don't bet just yet on a bill that would allow a lottery and multistate games such as Powerball in Wyoming.
The state House of Representatives on Monday voted not to agree with changes the Senate made to the proposal despite the measure's main sponsor supporting the Senate version.
Last week, the Senate amended the bill to change how the lottery's proceeds would be used.
The Senate version specifies that any proceeds outside of the expenses and prizes will go to support the state school ...
Feb 26, 2013, 2:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Senate passes lottery bill
Includes video report
The Wyoming Senate voted 18-10 Friday for a bill to allow a state lottery and multi-state games such as the Powerball.
However, the bill designates revenue from the games for long-term school improvements, contrary to the bill as it came from the House. The revised measure will return to the House.
The Senate approval came after years of attempts for a lottery that only got as far as the House. This year the Senate took House Bill 177 and changed the recipients of ...
Feb 22, 2013, 10:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Final Wyoming Senate vote on lottery bill coming Friday
A bill that would allow a Wyoming lottery and multi-state games such as Powerball received preliminary approval in the state Senate on Wednesday.
The senate voted 17-to-12 to advance the bill. It already has passed the House and would need two more votes in the Senate. It's scheduled for its final vote Friday.
The bill would allow a state lottery or multi-state games, but would not allow the sale of instant tickets, scratch-off tickets or electronic games.
Supporters of the bill say Wyo ...
Feb 22, 2013, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill advances to Senate floor
Updated, 8:05 pm
A Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would bring the lottery to Wyoming.
The Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday in support of House Bill 77. The bill, which has already passed the House, goes to the Senate floor for debate. No one is quite sure about its odds of passing.
The proposal allows the state to offer a state lottery or join a multi-state lottery, such as the Powerball. Proceeds would go to local cities, ...
Feb 12, 2013, 7:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming House committee advances lottery bill
A Wyoming House committee advanced a bill on Tuesday that would allow the state to join the multi-state Powerball lottery. The profits would go to fix county and city roads.
The sole purpose of House Bill 77 is to provide entertainment, said the sponsor, Rep. David Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne.
The bill establishes a quasi state corporation with nine members appointed by the governor. The corporation's job is to develop a business plan and to find money to run the lottery.
If they can't get t ...
Jan 30, 2013, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery fires second VP
The Arkansas Lottery has fired the last of three top officials brought in to launch the games two years ago, and the lottery commission's chairwoman called the move an opportunity for change.
Ernestine Middleton, the lottery vice president for administration, was fired Wednesday two days after the resignations of embattled director Ernie Passailaigue and another vice president, David Barden. Passailaigue announced last month he would be leaving, but Barden and Middleton had said they wanted t ...
Oct 7, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum
Nevada lawmakers discuss lottery
Pointless annual exercise?
By Todd Northrop
In what would seem to outside observers to be an annual exercise in futility, the Nevada state legislature has again taken up the issue of creating a state lottery.
With lines for lotto tickets like the one for Mega Millions this week in Primm, California, many residents believe Nevada should keep that money within the state and not send it to California. Some are calling for the state to use lottery-generated funds to beef up the state's educ ...
Mar 28, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery fails in Wyoming
For the third time in six years, state lawmakers have killed a proposal to establish a lottery in Wyoming.
By a 33-27 vote, the Wyoming House defeated legislation that would have created a quasi-public corporation to either run a Wyoming-only lottery or join a multistate lottery system.
Wyoming remains one of seven states not to have a state lottery.
Proponents of the legislation, House Bill 186, said many Wyoming residents have asked for a state lottery. A lottery would also help Wyomi ...
Feb 3, 2011, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum