Workshop Answers Questions About New Lottery

Jon Clontz is the CEO of the Wyoming lottery. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Jon Clontz is the CEO of the Wyoming lottery. (Photo by Pat Blair)

More than a dozen area business people learned how they can apply to participate in the new Wyoming state lottery when Wyolotto goes into effect this summer.

Louise Plata, with the Wyoming Lottery Corporation, led a two-hour presentation at Sheridan's Holiday Inn. Plata said an exact date has not been set, but state officials anticipate the lottery will “go live” some time in August.

In the meantime, representatives of the lottery corporation are visiting communities around the state, holding workshops for business people interested in getting in on the lottery action, and answering questions and concerns – including those about technical help and building damage.

She said selection of participating businesses will be based on factors including geography, population and demographics. The state will start with 500 machines. Business people will pay an initial $100 to participate in the lottery, and there will be no penalty for those who sign up to participate but then change their minds. The state will provide equipment, including satellite dishes.

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