Jan 3, 2013 - MCTCHEYENNE -- More than 189 million tickets were sold across the country for the record-setting $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in November.
But Wyoming residents who dreamt of instant fortune were left out of the contest -- unless they drove across the state border.
A group of state lawmakers hopes to keep that revenue in the state by proposing legislation to bring a lottery to Wyoming.
Rep. Dave Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, is the lead sponsor of a proposed bill that will be introduced during the 2013 session, which begins Tuesday.
"This is a big deal for my constituents because the No. 1 retail spot for lottery sales in Colorado is just right across from our border," he said, referring to the number of Wyoming residents who make the trip to buy tickets at Borderline Cantina, located just past the state line on U.S. Highway 85. "So we are just trying to keep that money in the state."
House Bill 77, titled the Wyoming Lottery Act, would create a quasi-governmental corporation that could create a state lottery or join multi-state lottery games, such as Powerball.
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