The Future of Wyoming's Lottery
By Chris Foy
In a move some say was decades in the making, the state of Wyoming will soon be home to either its very own lottery or participate in a multi-state lottery game like Powerball. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the latest [radio interview].
After some back and forth between the Wyoming House and Senate about which coffers proceeds from a state lottery would fill, both groups reached a compromise last week.
While it's been a long time in the making - nearly 14 years - don't take a trip to buy your tickets just yet. Representative Berger says there's still lots of work to do to take Wyoming's lottery from legislation to a corner-store reality.
House Bill 77 would institute the creation of a new corporation with governmental ties, tasked with choosing whether Wyoming would participate in a multi-state game like Powerball or its very own state lottery. The legislature-approved lottery bill would not involve games that provide instant gratification, like scratch-off tickets.
Though the details are in the works, officials estimate that Wyoming could receive between $5 million and $9 million each year if a multi-state lottery system is adopted.