Wyoming Lottery begins
by Pinedale Online!
August 25, 2014
WyoLotto, the Wyoming Lottery, began selling tickets on Sunday, August 24th.
Wyomingites can now participate in the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions, along with smaller dollar winning games, with the hopes of winning millions of dollars. WyoLotto reported they had $198,612 in lottery sales on first day, $1,000 in sales per minute on Monday.
Prizes under $600 can be claimed at any WyoLotto retailer. Prizes over $600 must be claimed at the Wyoming Lottery headquarters in Cheyenne.
Wyoming Lottery net revenues are distributed by the state to Wyoming’s cities, towns and counties and deposited into the state’s Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account. Except for operating expenses and winner payouts, all of the money the Wyoming Lottery takes in goes back to the state of Wyoming.
The first drawing for Mega Million will be on Tuesday, August 26th with an estimated $15 million jackpot. Purchasers must be 18 years of age or older to buy a lottery ticket.
Lottery retailers receive 6% of their net sales for selling lottery tickets, redeeming lottery prizes, and other activities required by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Lottery retailers get an additional 1% for all tickets validated on the lottery terminal and within their establishment.
The Wyoming Lottery was created when House Bill 77 was passed in Wyoming’s 2013 legislative session. The Lottery operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation consists of a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor. Operations are managed by a board-appointed CEO and a support staff.