Lottery Declines To Release Employee Pay

AP 5-18,2015

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. has declined a newspaper’s request to release salary and benefit figures for individual employees, including its chief executive officer.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that it requested the compensation of executives and board members. CEO Jon Clontz denied the request May 8.

Clontz released the total amount of salaries and wages earned by the full lottery staff but not individual compensation.

The lottery and newspaper disagree in the interpretation of the 2013 law that created the organization.

Lottery officials argue it is a private company, since its board obtained a bank loan for startup costs and did not receive any public money. The newspaper contends it is quasi-public because the governor appoints the board and the lottery must submit quarterly reports to the state.