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 day, head to the Holiday Station in Sheridan for the launch day BBQ – it’s free and open to the public!
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