May 2, 2017 – On Monday, a lucky Cowboy DrawⓇ player became a May Day winner as WyoLotto’sTM newest jackpot recipient. WyoLotto officials announced the $611,781 ticket was sold at Kegger’s, located at 749 Overthrust Rd., Evanston, Wyo. The winning ticket was purchased on April 26, at approximately 10 a.m.
WyoLotto officials are now in search of the winner who has yet to come forward. “Check your tickets and call us if you think you may be the winner!” said Jon Clontz, CEO of WyoLotto.
The winning numbers drawn on Monday were 11, 25, 28, 31, and 34.
WyoLotto winners have been notching wins across the state, bringing home $31,540,012 in total winnings and a total of 2,133,590 winners since the lottery launched in August of 2014.
April 21, 2017 – On April 22, Wyoming PowerballⓇ players will get a chance to join in the national celebration of the game’s 25th anniversary. Today marks a major milestone for the game, which held its first drawing on April 22, 1992.
Fans will get a chance to win free tickets courtesy of WyoLottoⓇ as a gift to players. WyoLotto will give away $500 worth of ticket vouchers during a weekend Facebook Coupon Giveaway from April 22-23 to fans that participate and are randomly drawn to win. A total of 10 players will win 25 ticket vouchers each.
“To celebrate Powerball’s anniversary, we want you to have an opportunity to win on us! These are as good as cash. Players can present these the next time they buy a Powerball ticket. They could be worth millions, if not BILLIONS,” said Jon Clontz, CEO of WyoLotto.
Powerball has achieved many milestones in the last 25 years, and Wyoming has seen local milestones as well when it comes to its own lottery.
“Some of our success is directly attributable to Powerball. Players love the game and when the jackpot rose to more than a billion dollars, it created excitement beyond anticipation,” said Clontz.
To learn more about Powerball’s many milestones over the last 25 years, check out their history here.
WyoLotto offers four unique games, including Powerball, Mega MillionsⓇ, Cowboy DrawⓇ and Lucky for LifeⓇ. 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.
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.