Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) The Wyoming Lottery, or WyoLotto officially started on Sunday.
The first tickets were sold to WyoLotto contest winner Mary Ogg who couldn't believe she'd won the right to buy the first tickets, and a new car.
"I really did not believe that this was happening to this old lady," said Ogg.
After Ogg bought the first two tickets, Cheyenne residents started buying their own, hoping to strike it rich. Several residents were at Alf's Pub and Package Liquor to pick up the first tickets. Lynn Orband bought two tickets to support the state lottery. She said she doesn't expect to win, but that she thinks her purchase is like a donation to the state.
"I've been pushing for it for years," said Orband.
Wyoming Lottery Corporation C.E.O Jon Clontz was in Sheridan for the big first purchase, but told NewsChannel 5 on Friday that he was eager to get the ball rolling on WyoLotto.
"Last few nights I've woke up in the middle of the night not worried, but I wake up thinking about it," said Clontz.
And as for the future of WyoLotto, Clontz said they could be adding new draw games as soon as next year.
"Those will likely be in state games though not multi-state games so you wont be competing with other jurisdictions like in Powerball and mega millions," said Clontz
Which means more state winners and more state revenue.
"Instant Gratification" games like scratch off tickets won't be allowed unless legislative action is taken.
Clontz said his office expects first year sales to be between 13 and 17 million dollars.