Sept. 6, 2017 – The Wyoming Lottery Corporation (WyolottoTM) officials are proud to have recently celebrated its third birthday! On Aug. 24, 2017 the lottery turned three years old and is thankful for all of the players, retailers, and communities who have made it a big success.
“We are proud of how much we have accomplished in the last three years, and I am very pleased with our focus on being a maturing and sustainable company in Wyoming,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.
Since the establishment of WyoLotto in 2014, the corporation has kicked off with a private start up loan, launched sales of three national games, launched Wyoming’s own Cowboy DrawⓇ game, paid off the start up loan early, and began quarterly revenue transfers to the Cowboy State in 2016.
When WyoLotto took out the startup loan, the schedule was to pay it off in July 2016. However, because of an aggressive pay off strategy and an unpredicted PowerballⓇ jackpot run of $1.5 billion, the loan was paid off six months early (January 2016), and WyoLotto provided its first revenue transfer to the state in April 2016.
The early loan payoff, quarterly transfers to the state, and execution of a four-game portfolio were achieved by an eight person staff, all of whom fully execute the operations of the lottery and manage partnerships with vendors and retailers.
These accomplishments have led additional money to the state. To date, WyoLotto players have won more than $35.3 million. WyoLotto has also paid out a total of $5.08 million to retailers in commissions.
In addition to the prizes paid to winners and commissions paid to retailers, WyoLotto has transferred monies to the Wyoming State Treasurer every quarter, per statute, since April 2016. Those quarterly transfers included:
In a year and a half, WyoLotto has given back to Wyoming $4,675,074.58.
“We hope the revenue we are contributing to the state, both through our transfers and by keeping dollars in Wyoming that were previously going to other states, is making an impact,” Clontz said.
Given that sales rise and subside with jackpot fluctuations, transfer amounts have and will shift accordingly. Additionally, during economic downturns, sales experience lulls. To ensure an ongoing sustainable and balanced budget, WyoLotto must review the transfer amount based on those factors.
“It is tough to go from giving a million dollars one quarter, to $200,000 another quarter, but these draw games rise and subside in revenue with every big jackpot run nationwide,” said Robin Reining, WyoLotto COO. “We watch our budgets closely so we are always able to payout our winners and manage operating costs. We market the best we can, and are always hoping for the next big jackpot run!” Reining added.
Wyoming Statute Changes
Starting in July 2017, the Wyoming State Legislature updated the statute during its 2017 session to change how the state transfers WyoLotto funds across the state. The statute initially established that revenue transfers would go to Wyoming’s 99 cities, towns, and counties based on the sales tax formula. Now, those same 99 cities, towns, and counties will receive allocations based on lottery ticket sales for each municipality.
“Giving back to Wyoming is more than a requirement of a legislative statute. It’s a vital part of our corporation’s mission to build a better, more economically vibrant future for Wyoming. So we continue to support local events, sponsor organizations, and provide revenue to the state,” Clontz added.
Aug. 14, 2017 – WyoLottoTM officials announced after the quarterly Board of Directors meeting on July 31, that Sandi Chitwood of Rock Springs has been appointed as the new chairman. The board consists of up to nine members who oversee the Wyoming Lottery Corporation, with each member appointed by the Governor for a four year term.
“Sandi truly represents the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise, and energy to the board. We are very fortunate to have her as we continue to move forward,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.
“I’m very proud to be part of an organization which has given back to the citizens of Wyoming with $4.6 million to be used in the communities on projects that otherwise may not have had funding. The staff and the board for WyoLotto could not be a finer bunch of folks, and it is an honor to serve with them,” Chitwood said.
Previously, she served as a commissioner for District 2 on the Wyoming Transportation Commission and on the steering committee for the Business Leadership Network, an employer-led coalition dedicated to promoting opportunities that benefit businesses by supporting people with disabilities. She has co-chaired the Chamber of Commerce Auction Committee, was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Organization, and served on the Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board. She and her husband have lived in Rock Springs for over 30 years.
In addition to naming Chitwood as chairman, the board also named a new vice-chairman. Jim Whalen, Teton County Sheriff, has been on the board since 2013 and was appointed vice-chairman. Below is a full list of the WyoLotto Board of Directors:
|Sandi Chitwood, Chairman
Jim Whalen, Vice-Chairman
Gerry Marburger, Treasurer
Dave Bonner, Secretary
Aug. 7, 2017 – Mega news for WyoLottoTM players today. The Mega MillionsⓇ jackpot skyrocketed to $346 million, and the PowerballⓇ jackpot rose to $307 million—a lucky number for Wyomingites.
With jackpots this big, players can go from dreaming about an island vacation to owning their own private beach.
WyoLotto players have been winning across the state with Mega Millions and Powerball prizes every week, and the next winner could celebrate a life-changing ticket.
WyoLotto is encouraging players to stop by their nearest retailer and purchase a ticket today.
“These jackpots really get us amped up. I am really hoping to see the big winner of both Powerball and Mega Millions be from the Cowboy State!” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO.
The cash payout for Mega Millions would be approximately $216 million, and Powerball would be $193.2 million. This is the highest jackpot for Mega Millions in more than a year, when it hit a record $536 million on July 8, 2016. In the last year, Powerball’s jackpot has reached above $300 million three times.
Almost every day of the week is an opportunity for WyoLotto players to win big with drawings happening each day except Sunday. Mega Millions draws are on Tuesday and Friday at 9 p.m. Powerball draws are on Wednesday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
After nearly three months, the winners of the May 1 Cowboy DrawⓇ jackpot have finally come forward to claim their prize! WyoLottoTM officials, who’ve been searching for the winners since the May 1 drawing, are excited to celebrate the $611,781 jackpot win with Shane and Noniece Woolsey of Gunnison, Utah. The Woolseys purchased the winning ticket on April 26 at Kegger’s, located at 749 Overthrust Rd., Evanston, Wyo.
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is scheduled to hold a Quarterly Board Meeting on July 31, 2017. The anticipated public hearing will be held at 8:00 AM in Sheridan, WY at the Holiday Inn Convention Center 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.