Idaho worries about new Wyoming lottery's effect on revenue across border

Feb 3, 2014 The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Wyoming's upstart lottery could take a bite of out what have been steadily growing sales since the first $1 scratch ticket was sold in Idaho in 1989.

Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson told budget writers Friday the emergence of Wyoming on the lottery scene could reduce Idaho's sales by up to $3 million in fiscal year 2015.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill last March clearing the way for its lottery.

It's likely ti start in June.

Until now, the absence of a Wyoming lottery has benefited Idaho as ticket-seeking residents slip across the border in hopes of striking it rich.

Utah, to Idaho's south, also doesn't have its own lottery.

But Anderson expects some Utah residents will now bypass Idaho for Wyoming to buy Powerball or Mega Millions tickets.

The new Wyoming lottery logo was unveiled Thursday, featuring a jackalope. Cheyenne-based marketing firm Warehouse Twenty-One unveiled the logo Thursday.

The blue, white and yellow logo features a jackalope named YoLo.

A jackalope is a fictional creature. It's a jackrabbit with antelope horns on its head.

The jackalope beat out the bucking horse and other Wyoming icons to star on the lotto logo.

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