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Anticipation building for Wyoming Lottery

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Gas stations and convenience stores in the Cowboy State always miss out when there's excitement around a big lottery jackpot.

"You do really feel like you're missing out, because everybody comes in and gases up and says 'we're going to go buy Powerball tickets and it's going to be great,' and then you just wish that they'd be able to just stop in the store and get them," said Crystal Martin, the manager of the Quik Sak in Sheridan.

Martin is excited about the impact selling lottery tickets could have on the business once Wyoming's lottery gets up and running later this year.

"More revenue and with that extra revenue we'd be able to hire another employee to the store," said Martin.

Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz says he will pick a gaming vendor to handle the machines within the next ten days and then retail recruitment will ramp up. He says ticket sales for Powerball and Mega Millions will hopefully begin between late June and late October.

We get asked all the time, 'when's the lottery coming?' and we'd love to be able to answer their questions and once it gets here, then I think a lot of people will stop in and buy the tickets," said Martin.

"I would buy them for every drawing, because I'd also like to help out the small convenience stores that are locally owned," said Cathy LaDuke of Sheridan.

Customers like LaDuke would also get to save a lot in gas money.

"I go up to Kirby to play. I only can get up there about usually once a month. But if the lottery pot gets up high, then I usually go up a little more often," said LaDuke.

"It would be really good for revenue and then anybody local, instead of having to drive all the way up to Montana to go buy a ticket, can just stop by here," said Martin.

The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce expects lottery officials to make a presentation to retailers and the community during the chamber's May luncheon.

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