Once again, no lottery for Wyoming
The Wyoming House has defeated legislation that would have created a state lottery and allowed Wyoming to take part in the Powerball lottery.
The House voted 35-25 against the bill Monday.
Proponents said the lottery would have raised $11 million a year for the Hathaway Scholarship program. The scholarship is awarded to Wyoming students who attend the University of Wyoming or any of the state's community colleges.
Rep. Allen Jaggi, R-Lyman, opposed the bill. Jaggi questioned whether the ...
Feb 12, 2009, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill clears first hurdle
The bill will go to the House floor for debate
A Wyoming House panel recommended Friday that the state House pass a bill creating a lottery.
The Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee voted 7-2 that House Bill 170 pass.
The lottery should generate $11 million a year for the Hathaway Scholarships, according to bill sponsor Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse.
As the money builds up, Wallis hopes some of it could be used for early childhood and preschool programs.
The lotter ...
Feb 7, 2009, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lawmakers again debate state lottery
A Wyoming state House of Representatives committee will decide Friday whether a bill to create a state lottery to benefit education and the horse industry will survive.
Kids and horses epitomize the spirit of Wyoming, bill sponsor Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, told the House Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee on Monday.
Wagering also is an old tradition in ranch country, she added.
A conservative estimate shows a lottery with entry tickets sold at retail stores would ...
Feb 3, 2009, 3:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery backers try again
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 ...
Jan 16, 2009, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill killed once again
Casper resident Larry Griffith thought surely this was the year for Wyoming to finally join a multi-state lottery.
Griffith has been buying Nebraska lottery tickets for years, and said Wyoming is losing big money to adjacent states.
So Griffith was not happy when the state House on Monday voted 31-27 to kill yet another attempt to legalize a lottery in the state.
I think it's pathetic, he said.
After a half-dozen previous attempts to legalize lottery by the state Legislature, this ...
Feb 7, 2007, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball lottery being considered in Wyoming
In the latest push to make Wyoming a Powerball state, an interim legislative committee on Monday authorized legislation allowing Wyoming to join the multi-state lottery.
Individual lawmakers have sponsored Powerball bills in past legislative sessions, but this marks the first time a committee will formally introduce a bill of its own.
A Casper Star-Tribune poll of voters earlier this year showed that 62 percent support Powerball in Wyoming. The poll margin of error was 4 percent.
The w ...
May 3, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming voters to have no say on Powerball
Voters won't be given a say next year on whether Wyoming should join the multi-state Powerball lottery.The Joint Travel Committee voted 8-4 Thursday against sponsoring a bill that would have put a nonbinding referendum on the 2006 ballot.Opponents were reluctant to endorse a public vote that ultimately doesn't force any legislative action.Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, said the issue of establishing a lottery should be decided by lawmakers, not in a nonbinding vote by the electorate. It's a cop-o ...
Dec 16, 2005, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery being considered
An interim legislative committee is considering a measure that would let voters have a say on whether Wyoming should join the Powerball lottery.The Joint Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Interim Committee decided Monday to wait to vote on the proposal to give the public time to review the idea and comment.The ballot measure would be nonbinding, and the Legislature would not have to allow Powerball in the state.Initial debate among committee members showed division on the idea. Why are we putting ...
May 17, 2005, 1:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill barely nixed
On a split vote, the Wyoming House narrowly defeated legislation allowing residents to play the Powerball lottery.The vote was 29-29, two votes shy of passage, with two representatives excused. Nothing in this bill talks about the addiction, said Rep. Rodney Pete Anderson, R-Pine Bluffs, who led the opposition. It preys upon those who are on the fringe. ... Instead of buying things the family needs, they're buying lottery tickets. They're buying a lot of false hope. He also argued that state ...
Feb 9, 2005, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming closer to starting a lottery
A bill that would bring a lottery to Wyoming made it past a second hurdle Thursday, prompting some to wonder how far it will go this year.Similar bills in recent years haven't progressed far.Rep. Wayne Reese, D-Cheyenne, said he thinks this year's legislation will make it through the House and be delivered to the Senate.This year, as in the past, the argument for having a lottery is based in the amount of money that goes outside state lines as Wyoming residents drive to Nebraska, South Dakota, M ...
Feb 4, 2005, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum