Wyoming would tap lottery money under proposed bill

Add Wyoming to the growing list of states seeking to bolster its budget by tapping gambling revenue through its lottery.

The Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee voted 9-3 Thursday to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would allow the state to take 5 percent of the gross earnings, about $1 million, produced by the Wyoming Lottery.

Wyoming’s budget difficulties have been created by dwindling revenue from mineral taxes, its main source of revenue.

WyoLotto started selling tickets in 2014 after the Legislature authorized its creation. Its profits are shared with cities, towns and counties. The lottery has provided about $6.5 million to municipalities across the state, since 2014.