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Wyoming’s First Lottery Ticket to be Sold in Sheridan

Aug. 19, 2014 – The Wyoming Lottery on Monday announced the winner of an historic giveaway; the lucky winner will next week purchase the very first WyoLotto ticket ever sold in the state. Mary Ogg, a 67-year-old grandmother who told the Lottery she never expected to win, and hardly ever enters contests, got a call Saturday afternoon from WyoLotto telling her she’d won. The retired elementary school teacher and her husband met in Wyoming in 1969, then moved around together before returning to Sheridan to retire, according to a WyoLotto press release. Along with Ogg, Sheridan will get the spotlight this coming Sunday, Aug. 24, when the WyoLotto rolls into town for their official launch. Ogg was able to choose the lottery retailer that will have the honor of selling her the first-ever ticket, and decided on her local Holiday Station.  She said she buys most of her fuel there, “so it made sense to pick a store that I go to.” And, pretty soon, Ogg will be filling up a brand new vehicle at the Holiday Station.  Along with the right’s to buy the first-ever WyoLotto ticket, Ogg also won herself a brand new Jeep Wrangler. She also won more than just the lucky first lottery ticket – along with that ticket and the Wrangler, she’ll receive $1,000 cash and a year’s worth of Mega Millions tickets. But Ogg isn’t the only lucky Wyomingite who won big in the WyoLotto’s first giveaway.  Eight other contest players from different sections of the state also won $1,000 cash prizes and a year’s worth of Mega Millions tickets. “The Lottery is for all of Wyoming,” said Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz.  “So we wanted to ensure that the entire state was represented by our winners.  These nine were selected from the more than 27,000 giveaway entries that came from virtually every corner of Wyoming.” You can find the full list of giveaway winners right here, and if you want to help the WyoLotto celebrate on launch...

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Make History, Buy the First WyoLotto Ticket

Aug. 14, 2014 – How would you like to be the first person ever to buy a lottery ticket in Wyoming?  The WyoLotto is offering soon-to-be players in the state just that chance, but the window of opportunity is quickly closing. WyoLotto’s launch date is just over a week away – 10 days to be exact – on Aug. 24.  Through a special giveaway contest, one lucky grand prize winner will purchase the first-ever WyoLotto ticket, a ceremonial transaction usually reserved for state officials. The contest entry period closes this Saturday, Aug. 16, at noon.  That gives Wyoming residents 18 years old or older just two days to enter. But entering the contest, called the Launch Day Giveaway, is easy.  Just head to WyoLotto.com, or go straight to the contest page here. Along with getting their name in Wyoming’s history books, the grand prize winner will also receive $1,000 cash, a full year’s worth of Mega Millions tickets (that could turn into a whole lot more), and a brand-new 2014 Jeep Wrangler. The winner will also get to choose one of their local WyoLotto retailers to host a lottery launch party, and it is there that the state’s very first lottery ticket will be sold. But Wyoming’s Lottery isn’t stopping there – eight other lucky contest winners, each from a different area of the state, will also score a $1,000 cash prize and the year’s supply of Mega Millions tickets, as well as an invitation to a pre-launch event. Time is running out – there’s even a countdown clock on WyoLotto.com – so enter now.  Maybe in about a week, you’ll become a big part of Wyoming’s...

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Wyoming Lottery Announces Retail Locations

July 30, 2014 – The Wyoming Lottery will start selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets to would-be winners all across the state next month.  This week the Lottery released the names of 390 retail locations where lottery tickets will be sold starting Aug. 24. “The excitement is pretty high as we work to notify and train retailers to sell tickets,” said Jon Clontz, Wyoming Lottery CEO, in an interview with the Cowboy State News Network. “Our focus right now is on working hand-in-hand with retailers, holding retailer training sessions and testing the equipment so we can be ready on August 24,” Clontz said. Government approval for a state-run lottery in Wyoming came about a year ago, but from the beginning legislators and members of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation – which will oversee lottery operations – have insisted they want to keep the lottery small. “We’re not into scratch tickets or any kind of video lottery – anything that might be considered instant gratification,” said State Rep. David Zwonitzer, R, who sponsored the bill that created the Wyoming Lottery. As a result, the national jackpot games Powerball and Mega Millions will be the only games offered by the fledgling lottery. For players anxious to start testing their luck, there’s still a bit less than a month to wait.  However, now that the list of retailers has been released, it’s the perfect time to start planning where you’ll pick up that very first ticket. For the Wyoming Lottery’s retailer locations, click...

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Wyoming Lottery CEO Expects June Start Date

Jan. 15, 2014 – The fledgling Wyoming Lottery, which has been forming gradually since it was officially formed July 1, is about five months away from the sale of its first tickets according to CEO Jon Clontz’s estimate. Clontz told Wyoming Tribune Eagle Monday that Wyoming retailers could start selling lottery tickets by June.  The tentative launch date is dependent upon contract negotiations, however, which could push the start date for ticket sales back as far as October, Clontz said. There are still several contracts waiting to be inked, including one with a gaming vendor who will print and distribute tickets, among other things. The Lottery must also find a firm to design their website and secure banking services to handle the millions of dollars that the lottery will take in. Since Clontz assumed his post in Wyoming Oct. 7, he has hired some of his staff. found a firm to design the new Lottery’s logo, and put in place some of the systems that will keep things running smoothly once tickets go on sale later this year. Soon, he and his staff will begin the process of vetting retailers interested in selling lottery tickets.  According to the Tribune, the Lottery does not currently have a process by which retailers can express their interest in selling tickets. Wyoming’s Lottery will not provide what lawmakers there called “instant gratification” games like scratch-offs or pull-tab games.  Retailers will only sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets when the Lottery is ready to begin...

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Wyoming Lottery Selects CEO, Start Date Postponed

Sept. 24, 2013 – The Wyoming Lottery announced Monday that it had selected former Deputy Director of the Oregon Lottery Jim Clontz to lead the newly-formed Wyoming Lottery as CEO. Clontz, 49, has held the deputy director position with Oregon’s Lottery for the past two years.  Wyoming Lottery Corporation board chairman Brian Scott Gamroth told the Billings Gazette that Clontz will “get things done for Wyoming.” “His leadership qualities, strong communication skills, and a proven track record of success with the Oregon Lottery give us great confidence in his abilities,” Gamroth said. The Billings Gazette reported that Clontz, who served in the Army and holds a master’s degree in public administration, will earn $165,000 each year, and will assume his position as CEO Oct. 7. Monday afternoon, Clontz gave a presentation to the Wyoming Lottery board detailing his plans for getting the quasi-governmental Wyoming Lottery started. His plan pushes the estimated start date back nearly a whole year; the nine-member board had, up to this point, expected the Lottery to start selling tickets in the first quarter of 2014. Clontz’ outline for the start-up begins with hiring a seven-member staff and seeking vendor proposals.  By January, Clontz said, the board should be able to review vendor proposals ahead of a selection in February. Clontz said it was a “rough draft,” and “people need to expect [the plan] to change,” but Gamroth told the Gazette that Clontz’ estimate for launch in October 2014 came as a surprise. The process could be moved along faster, Clontz said Monday, but a shorter timeline would mean rushing through contract reviews or the testing process for game...

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Wyoming Lottery Board Gets $1 Million Loan

Aug. 16, 2013 – The Wyoming Lottery on Wednesday chose local Wyoming Jonah Bank to supply the $1 million start-up loan the newly-formed Lottery commission will need to get the state’s Lottery up-and-running. The Wyoming Lottery was officially formed July 1 as a private corporation, mostly separate from the state government and decidedly ineligible for state funding – the nine board members of the Lottery commission have been paying all of their expenses out of pocket since they began building the new Lottery. The board announced that it had accepted Jonah Bank’s offer of $1 million with an interest rate of 1.75 percent – an atypically low interest rate by any standard. “The rate we’re borrowing money at astounds me,” said Lottery board member Ross Newman, a 20-year banking veteran. The low interest rate may not be the end of the new Lottery’s lucky streak, either.  Because of their ties, however small, to the state government, the Lottery corporation may be eligible for a Federal tax exemption, which Newman said could reduce the total cost of the loan by a third. Securing a loan was among the biggest hurdles the Lottery had to cross on its way to launching games, which they hope to do by January or February 2014. Now that they’ve gotten the $1 million loan they were looking for, the Lottery has already begun charging through the next steps of their start-up plan. The board told the Billings Gazette they’d hired Cheyenne-based law firm Hathaway and Kunz, who will be instrumental in negotiating a contract with a CEO and a vendor to supply and distribute games to retailers. Hathaway and Kunz will also be able to determine whether or not the Lottery can receive the federal exemption on its loan; the board said they were waiting to hear the firm’s decision on the matter. The board has already scheduled interviews with four top CEO prospects, and Vice Chairman Barry Sims told the Gazette they expect to name their selection by Sept....

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