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Christensen Says Lottery Bill Troubles Him

February 13, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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The potential establishment of a lottery in Wyoming has been passed out of a Senate Committee and is to show up on the Senate floor later this week.  Teton County Senator Leland Christensen says he, along with a number of other Senators, is concerned it potentially could bring with it a new set of problems for the state.  He says it is anticipated that the people who participate in the lottery will spend an average of $830 annually.  He says as such, the state is being asked to set up a program that invites people to spend that money with no significant chance of recouping anything.  Says Christensen, “We also had testimony from people who said the majority of the people who buy tickets – not everyone, but the majority of the folks who buy the lottery tickets – are quite often on the lower end of the economic scale and their motivation is not necessarily entertainment, but more desperation.”  Christensen says a single vote passed it from the House to the Senate, and it is closely contested.  Christensen says proponents point to the revenues that are lost to surrounding states due to residents traveling to them to buy tickets, gas and cigarettes.  However, it is unclear how much of that will be recaptured for Wyoming and how much will be simply a result of creating a new customer base.

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