The Wyoming Lottery managers are still taking applications from retailers who want to sell Powerball and Mega Million tickets.
State lottery CEO Jon Clontz (KLAHNTS) said today his office has received more than 500 applications, but he needs more. He estimated the state office needs around 600 applications in order to meet the goal of 400 to 450 lotto machines in operation.
He said he's pleased with the response from retailers across the state. He said the numbers of applications he's received from just about every county, including Sheridan, has exceeded his expectations. But he said he needs another 90 to 100 applications to meet the goal.
He said the best way for retailers to apply is to go online to the Wyoming Lottery web site. The application can be filled out there, he said, but he advised retailers to print out a copy first and reserve about 30 minutes to read through and collect the information they are required to provide, like the business tax number. The retailer can then fill out and mail the printed application, he said, or fill out and submit the application online. But the lottery CEO cautioned that the online application must be filled out and submitted at one sitting. The document can't be saved and added to later.
The lottery “go-live” date is Aug. 24. The CEO said retailers who have been accepted to sell tickets will receive equipment and start training around the first of the month. He said the campaign to promote the lottery will start around the end of July.
People who do not live in Wyoming will be able to buy Powerball and Mega Million tickets. Wyoming's Legislature, in approving the lottery, did not approve sales of scratch-off or other “instant gratification” tickets. The CEO said his office is focusing on getting the Powerball and Mega Million sales off to a good start.