Wyoming marks first year of selling lottery tickets

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A year after the first lottery ticket was sold in the state, the Wyoming lottery is a winner in the eyes of some and a disappointment those still waiting for a payoff.

The first lottery tickets were sold in the state on Aug. 24, 2014.

According to the Wyoming Lottery Corp., more than 577,000 players have won $5.2 million.

But Wyoming Lottery has received criticism for shielding financial information from the public and for paying off a private loan before returning any of its profits to local governments.

Lottery CEO Jon Clontz says money should start flowing to local governments next year.

But he says the amount of money that will go to local governments depends on ticket sales, which are limited with just three draw games.