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Idaho Concerned About Effects of Wyoming Lottery

February 3, 2014 State of Idaho, State of Wyoming No Comments
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Idaho lawmakers are concerned that the advent of Wyoming’s lottery later this year may reduce sales of lottery tickets there and in turn impact funds for the budget.  Idaho’s lottery director Jeff Anderson estimates that could be as much as $3-million.  He explains that Idaho has enjoyed two borders where lottery products were not available. However he says, “With the introduction of the lottery in Wyoming, it’s difficult to predict what a real number would be, but we know that here are people who live in Utah who might find Wyoming more convenient .”  He says the number of people coming from Wyoming to Idaho is not as great, but not insignificant.  When signing the bill to establish the Wyoming Lottery, Mead commented that it would be a way to keep Wyoming money in the state.  He explained that many people cross the border to buy tickets, and then spend dollars in out-of-state businesses.  Anderson agrees, saying, “We see that in Idaho – both for lottery and distilled spirits as well.”  Anderson says Wyoming has not visited with him directly as the state sets up its own lottery but he quickly adds, “We wish them the best of luck – we are a collegial group.”

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