Years of planning led to a Wyoming lottery - KOTA Territory News

Years of planning led to a Wyoming lottery

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After years of planning and countless debates, the lottery is finally coming to Wyoming.

Governor Matt Mead signed the bill into law Wednesday that will create a nonprofit group on July 1, which will decide on the structure.

Senator Bruce Burns (R-Sheridan) says lawmakers have worked on creating a lottery for at least 14 years and the legislation passed this year because it was a better thought-out bill based on Georgia's lottery system.

"It set up the lottery in such a way that it didn't take any state dollars and there was no immediate gratification.  There are no scratch off tickets or anything like that that you see in other states," said Burns.

The bill's opponents argued the lottery is a from of gambling that takes advantage of low income people.

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