Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wyoming Lottery Tickets Expected to Go on Sale in August

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is moving every closer to its first WyoLotto drawing. Speaking on Monday, May 12, 2014, at a special meeting in Casper, the corporation's CEO Jon Clontz told the board of directors the first tickets would go on sale Sunday, August 24.

Clontz also told the board a media and marketing blitz would probably be initiated during the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in July and a state-wide campaign would follow.

Contracts are yet to be completed with the 400 to 500 retailers chosen to sell Wyoming Lottery tickets and potential retailers will need to be vetted before contracts can be awarded. Lottery ticket machines will then need to be installed at the chosen retail outlets.

The lottery is also busy researching additional games to offer Wyoming lottery players and plans to include the two big multi-state games US Mega Millions and US Powerball. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Powerball numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays; so the Wyoming Lottery will have to choose draw days that are compatible with those of the two big games.

The lottery anticipates ticket sales of $13.4 million over the first 10 months and the 12 month revenue has been estimated to be $16.8 million, but there is still a lot to be done before the first Wyoming Lottery tickets go on sale in August and the lottery board has yet to decide whether the identity of winners will be made public.

Board Chairman Brian Gamroth said many people had contacted him, stating they would wish to remain anonymous if they won, and Gamroth said he agreed with their point of view. The matter has been scheduled for discussion at a future meeting.