Judge Will Hear Case To Dismiss Lottery Case

AP 8-11,2015

A state judge says he intends to issue an order soon on a Cheyenne man’s request to dismiss a lawsuit the Wyoming Lottery Corporation filed against him early this year alleging he tried to sabotage its relationship with national lottery organizations.

Judge Thomas Campbell heard arguments Monday from lawyers representing Edward Atchison of Cheyenne and the corporation.

The corporation sued Atchison in February, accusing him of telling national lottery organizations that the Wyoming corporation isn’t doing enough to address problem gambling.

Atchison’s lawyer Tim Kingston of Cheyenne says the corporation is an arm of the state and that it raises constitutional issues for it to sue a citizen critic.

Lawyer Matthew Kaufman represents the corporation. He urged Campbell not to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Atchison has criticized the company improperly.