The state lottery's chief executive officer was in Sheridan this week to provide an update. Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen has the report.
Wyoming’s lottery will be up and running by August. Powerball and Mega Millions will be the games offered, and there will not be scratch tickets, for now. These are the details passed on by lottery CEO Jon Clontz during Wednesday’s Chamber luncheon held at the historic Sheridan Inn.
At this point, he said, his staff of eight has moved the process into the implementation stage. He described that as the final phase, because a gaming vendor has been selected and the contract signed.
Still needed, he said, is a central data center, which would be the place where the technology to support the lottery would be stored. He likened the center to the black box memory system on an airplane.
And the vendors have not been chosen, he said, but the process starts next week. That’s when the retailer applications will be available, online at wyolotto.com.
Once the application’s in, he said the background checks will take about five weeks. As for scratch tickets, he said, he’d like to add such games to the mix, because they keep both players and vendors engaged.
However, he said the only way that would change would be if the mindset of the state legislators changes because they put a nix on any game that results in instant gratification. Ultimately, he said, his mission is to make sure the process is equitable for the majority of retailers, because the lottery will only be successful if the retailers are successful.