Wyoming Lottery to Begin August 24

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Lottery players, get ready to mark your calendars. We now know the date you can start to play the Powerball and Mega Millions in Wyoming.
Starting next week businesses will be able to begin submitting their applications to sell those tickets.
"Everybody's asking so the excitement's huge!" said Kevin Georges, co-owner of DT's Liquor Mart.
Customers have been asking Kevin Georges for months about when they can get their hands on lottery tickets at his store.
"They ask us when and will we, and of course we didn't have those answers either, but now we do," Georges said.
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is on track to begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on August 24.
For potential retailers, they can begin submitting their applications May 21.
As a way not to show favoritism, Wyoming Lotto will be giving approval on a first come first serve basis.
"They have certain businesses that they need to get it into and areas of the state that they have to have it. They have to have it accessible to everybody in the state. So just because you might be the first one in doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to fit into one of their projected categories," said Georges.
The lottery wants to sell tickets in businesses with high foot traffic and good sales. Retailers aren't taking for granted that they'll be accepted.
"We're very happy with our volume, with our foot traffic so I think that might be what they're looking for. However, it's not a given for anybody," Georges said.
"I think that normally in other states that the convenience stores seem to be the primary people who get the applications. Yeah, I'm concerned that they wouldn't give it to a bar," said Donna Keeney, Owner of Goofy's Tavern & Liquor Store.
The lottery has a target of about 450 licenses that they hope to give out, but would gladly give out more if they feel there's more businesses that meet their criteria. They're encouraging all who want to sell tickets to apply.
"We are ready. We've done all of our paperwork. We've filled it all out and now we just need to go online once it opens up and submit it," Georges said.
Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz says they just got approval to begin research this summer to possibly add more draw games to Wyoming.
More games could be added as soon as next spring.


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