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 sales.