Lottery Proceeds May Never Reach Projected Goals

Wyoming Lottery officials say proceeds from the new lottery will likely never meet the estimates projected by advocates in 2013 when the games of chance were legalized.

State law requires the first $6 million of lottery proceeds to be distributed to cities, towns and counties. Proceeds beyond that will go to an education fund.

But during a recent quarterly Wyoming Lottery board meeting, WyoLotto Chief Operations Officer Louise Plata said it’s unlikely revenues will ever reach $6 million under its current form.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that means local governments could receive less than initially hoped for, and the education fund could get nothing,

Plata and lottery CEO Jon Clontz said there’s a number of reasons larger lottery proceeds could not materialize, including the prohibition against offering scratch tickets.