The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is scheduled to hold a Quarterly Board Meeting on April 25, 2017. The anticipated public hearing will be held at 9:30 AM in Torrington, WY and via teleconference. For more information go to wyolotto.com; click on “About” and then “Board Meetings”, or contact the Wyoming Lottery Corporation Office at (307) 432-9300..
April 11, 2017 – On April 7, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation transferred over $1 million to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office as a part of their ongoing effort to support Wyoming communities. WyoLottoTM has prioritized giving back to Wyoming, and these funds are distributed to Wyoming’s 99 cities and towns and 23 counties. This was WyoLotto’s fifth transfer to the state.
Each quarter, WyoLotto transfers revenue to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office, which then distributes funds per state statute. The revenue transfer this quarter, totalling $1,007,000, brings WyoLotto’s total revenue transfer amount to $4,474,000 since April 2016.
“We believe in being a part of the Wyoming community, especially through becoming an additional funding stream for the Cowboy State. This is a top priority according to the statute, and we take it very seriously,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.
Revenue transfers are distributed each year by the State Treasurer to Wyoming’s cities, towns, and counties, which use these funds at their discretion for a range of local improvements. Starting July 1, the formula the state has been using to distribute those funds will change; historically, distributions were based on sales tax distribution but will now be based on lottery ticket sales for each county.
Also, prior to the passage of a new bill in the 2017 legislative session, if revenue transfers exceeded $6 million in a fiscal year, those funds would have been directed to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account. The new bill removed the $6 million measure, so all funds will now be solely directed to Wyoming communities.
The additional funds from WyoLotto have benefited Wyoming in a time of declining economies and have boosted projects in communities like Campbell County, which has received $147,433 so far. Campbell County has allocated the WyoLotto transferred monies to their general fund to supplement the holes left in their budget from a declining coal industry in the area. For details on distribution amounts to Campbell County and all Wyoming communities, please visit the State Treasurer’s Office website.
One community, Laramie County, decided to take the funds and set them aside; they’ve now accumulated to more than $171,000. The Laramie County Commissioners recently approved improvements at the Archer Complex, which is a multi-use facility and home to the Laramie County Fair, for the water system and add 120 RV camper spots.
“We are extremely grateful for these additional lottery funds because it gives the opportunity to do great projects,” explained Laramie County Commissioner County Commissioner Amber Ash.
“We have documented proof of the advantages these funds are providing to the state. Wyoming is benefitting from these funds, and the additional money is staying here because players now stay in Wyoming to spend money they were previously spending across state lines,” Clontz added, “We encourage our fellow Wyomingites to reach out to their local governments, get involved, and find ways to use these funds that create a lasting change. It warms my heart to see the benefits of this money come to fruition,” Clontz added.
WyoLotto offers four unique draw games to players including Cowboy DrawⓇ, Mega MillionsⓇ, PowerballⓇ, and the new Lucky for LifeⓇ. With the introduction of Lucky for Life, the state’s newest draw game, WyoLotto looks forward to building on the success that has made these transfers possible.
WyoLottoTM celebrated its most recent $50,000 PowerballⓇ lottery winner on March 27. The lucky party, a local Cheyenne resident, purchased her ticket at the Dell Range King Soopers in Cheyenne.
Although the winner has chosen to remain anonymous, she shared that she hasn’t played the lottery in over a year, but was randomly inspired to grab a Powerball ticket.
Normally, Mega MillionsⓇ is her game of choice. However, she said for some unknown reason she bought a Powerball ticket instead. The next morning, she checked the numbers in the newspaper and said she couldn’t believe what she read. She says she immediately phoned a friend to double-check the numbers.
On Monday, the winner secured her Powerball winnings at WyoLotto headquarters in downtown Cheyenne and was delighted to share her excitement with the staff there. It was here that she discovered if she had purchased the PowerPlayⓇ for an additional dollar, she would have won $200,000.
Regardless, she said she was ecstatic about her winnings: “I just didn’t figure I could be that lucky!” she added. The winner says she plans to take a trip to see family, then save the rest of her winnings for retirement.
In addition to Powerball, WyoLotto offers three additional draw games including Wyoming-only Cowboy DrawⓇ, Lucky for LifeⓇ and Mega Millions. Since the inception of WyoLotto in 2014, the state has celebrated 2,055,225 winners across all four games, and players have brought home $30,403,946 in total winnings.
Catching his largest brown trout on the Popo Agie River in Lander, Mike Wieser felt like one of the luckiest guys in Wyoming for that moment. That was Monday, March 13. Standing at a convenience store, grabbing some coffee the next morning, he learned he didn’t use up all his luck on the river.
Wieser became the jackpot winner of Wyoming’s own game, Cowboy DrawⓇ, after the March 13 drawing. However, he didn’t learn until the next morning that he was the winner of the fifth largest Cowboy Draw Jackpot of $746,022.
“I was holding my coffee and just shaking when we read the numbers, and I was told I won it all,” Wieser said.
Wieser, a Wyoming native, carefully stowed his ticket where it would be safe, and took off toward his job site while calling his boss for advice. “My boss told me not to try and work, and instead get to Cheyenne as quick as I could,” Wieser said.
At that moment, Wieser said the feeling hit him, and he needed to tell his girlfriend Jennifer Holling as soon as possible. It took him nearly two hours to reach her, which he said was the longest two hours of his life. “Her response to me was, ‘Don’t drink a Redbull or your heart will explode.’”
“I also told him not to lose the ticket,” Jennifer added.
Wieser is a regular player of WyoLottoTM games, and said, “I try to play when I feel lucky, and sometimes I like to do quick picks, but sometimes I just like to choose my own numbers.” Wieser said he had two sheets filled out with his own numbers, and with one sheet in each hand, for some reason he chose the sheet with 7, 11, 33, 39 and 44. Those numbers all have meaning and have been lucky at some point or another for Wieser, including when he won $250 in roulette on a three number streak of guessing the right number to fall. Those numbers now have a value of $746,022.
With spring break just around the corner, this money will help Wieser and his girlfriend to take a vacation to the Grand Canyon with their children. Wieser said he will also make sure to put aside plenty for his 10-year-old daughter, Mya, to go to college. He will also be able to upgrade his pickup and pay off medical bills.
Wieser works at Sheet Metal Specialties out of Casper, Wyo., and said, “I will definitely keep working there. I love what I do and everyone I work with.”
WyoLotto offers four unique draw games including Cowboy Draw, Lucky for LifeⓇ, Mega MillionsⓇ, and PowerballⓇ.
In addition to the excitement of celebrating Cowboy Draw’sⓇ second anniversary on March 15, a lucky player who purchased a ticket in Casper, Wyo., hit the fifth largest jackpot during Monday’s drawing for $746,022. The ticket was sold at Mountain View Conoco, located at 5076 Yellowstone Highway.
With over $8.9 million in winnings in the last year alone, Wyoming’s game continually brings excitement to the Cowboy State.
“Players’ excitement is growing as it has been nearly five months since we’ve seen Cowboy Draw’s jackpot grow to this size,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLottoTM CEO.
Cowboy Draw made history when it launched in March 2015 as the first WyoLotto game sold only in Wyoming. Since then, the game’s popularity has grown with thousands of $1,000 winners and multiple jackpot wins, including a record-setting $1.8 million winner in February 2016.
Clontz said, “It’s hard to believe we launched this game two years ago. Cowboy Draw has become such a player favorite with its western flair, better odds, and two chances to hit the jackpot starting at $250,000. It truly captures the spirit of Wyoming and WyoLotto.”
In the last year, over 392,000 Cowboy Draw winners have taken home cash prizes. Jackpot winners from the last year include:
Cowboy Draw is Wyoming’s own game, and it is a draw game similar to PowerballⓇ and Mega MillionsⓇ. Players choose two sets of five numbers ranging from 1 to 45. A player who correctly matches all five numbers is the jackpot winner. Players who correctly match four, three, and two numbers also win cash prizes of $1,000, $20, and $5, respectively. Each $5 ticket provides two chances to win. The weekly drawings for Cowboy Draw are held every Monday and Thursday at 2 p.m. MST. The jackpot starts at $250,000 and keeps growing until someone wins.
Players can follow the jackpot amounts for all four games playable in Wyoming by stopping by a local retailer, or by visiting wyolotto.com. Games available in Wyoming include Mega Millions, Powerball, Lucky for LifeⓇ and Cowboy Draw.