Wyoming Lottery expansion faces hurdles despite state money woes
As Wyoming loses millions of dollars in revenue from its declining minerals extraction industry, the state lottery has started paying off by distributing some of its profits to cash-strapped cities and towns.
A member of the board that oversees the Wyoming Lottery says the state might want to look at an expansion to tap even more revenue. But that would require expanding the type of games allowed a prospect that faces long odds in a Legislature wary of encouraging compulsive gambling.
May 30, 2016, 2:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery game coming to Wyoming
Colorado looking to join the same game this summer
WyoLotto players could have a new draw game to play by this fall after the Wyoming Lottery Corp. board of directors on Thursday unanimously approved adding the Lucky for Life game to the three currently offered.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he hoped Lucky for Life tickets could be sold in the state by October or November.
Lucky for Life is similar to Powerball in that players pick six numbers. Matching all six numbers wins the jackpot. T ...
Mar 18, 2016, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery updates lawsuit against anti-gambling proponent
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has updated its lawsuit against a Cheyenne man the company accuses of disparaging its operations, but the man's lawyer said the suit it still improper and fails to give necessary specifics.
The company this week filed a more detailed civil lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne against Edward Atchison, the executive director of a group called the Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling.
The Wyoming Legislature created the company, which started selling lottery ticke ...
Dec 18, 2015, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum
Judge gives Wyoming Lottery 15 days to amend lawsuit
A state judge is giving the Wyoming Lottery Corporation 15 days to amend its lawsuit that seeks to block a local man from criticizing the corporation.
The corporation filed a lawsuit this spring against Edward Atchison of Cheyenne. The suit alleges that Atchison told national lottery groups the corporation wasn't following its statutory mandates and needs to do more to address problem gambling.
The Wyoming Legislature authorized the corporation in 2013. Tickets went on sale last year.
Dec 1, 2015, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery earns high marks in audit of first year
Independent auditors found no major financial issues with how the Wyoming Lottery operated during its first year of ticket sales.
The board of directors of the Wyoming Lottery Corp. received results of the audit by Cheyenne-based McGee, Hearne Paiz during a meeting Monday.
Board chairman Mark Macy said the lottery seemed to be right on track or at least not significantly off on how our operations were conducted.
The audit noted a couple of minor accounting issues that lottery CEO Jon C ...
Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Judge: Wyoming Lottery lawsuit against man can continue
A judge has denied a Cheyenne man's request to dismiss a lawsuit the Wyoming Lottery Corporation is pressing against him that seeks to force him to stop criticizing it to national lottery groups and others.
The corporation filed a lawsuit this spring protesting that Edward Atchison had written to national groups and Wyoming newspapers saying the lottery needs to do more to address problem gambling. The corporation seeks a court order directing him not to interfere with its business relationsh ...
Oct 23, 2015, 12:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery shelves keno plan
Lawmakers not happy with Lottery pushing the limits of law
Some Wyoming lawmakers say they're bothered the Wyoming Lottery Corp. considered introducing keno without their approval and they expect to introduce legislation limiting the lottery.
In keno, players try to match numbers with random numbers displayed on video screens at a restaurant or a bar. The idea has been withdrawn after meetings with the lottery board and state lawmakers, said lottery CEO Jon Clontz.
The lottery has other ...
Oct 20, 2015, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery has its first $1 million winner
By Todd Northrop
Wyoming Lottery history was made during Monday's drawing as one lucky ticket laid claim to Cowboy Draw's first million dollar jackpot.
A customer at an east Casper grocery store purchased WyoLotto's first $1 million Cowboy Draw ticket on Sunday, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation announced.
The winning ticket was bought at Ridley's grocery store at 300 East Wyoming Boulevard in Casper. The winning numbers for Monday's drawing were 5, 10, 16, 23, and 31.
Monday's adverti ...
Sep 15, 2015, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to release salaries
The Wyoming Lottery board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Monday to release salary information for board members and employees.
Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he will distribute the salary information Tuesday.
After the salary issue was decided, the board passed a provisional budget for the upcoming fiscal year with $27 million in projected revenues but didn't have copies of the projections for the public to view.
Since April, local media and lotto officials have disagreed on whether the sa ...
Jun 16, 2015, 12:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery refuses to release individual salaries
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. wants to keep its salaries and benefits secret from the public, with officials saying disclosure will hurt the new organization from a competitive standpoint.
The Casper Star-Tribune sent a records request to the lottery, asking for compensation of executives and board members. CEO Jon Clontz denied the request May 8.
The lottery and newspaper disagree in the interpretation of the 2013 law that created the organization.
Lottery officials argue it is a private c ...
May 18, 2015, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum