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Riverton man on new state lottery board

Jul 11, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Several newly appointed members of the board of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation say it's too early in the process to tell whether the state will sign on with an existing, multi-state lottery such as Powerball, establish its own statewide contests or possibly do both.

Gov. Matt Mead has announced the nine members of the board.

"The board members are truly Wyoming leaders in their areas of expertise," Mead said. "I appreciate their willingness to work on this challenging endeavor."

Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen is among the board members. He said members won't begin working on fundamental questions such as when tickets will go on sale until it starts meeting.

The Wyoming Legislature finally passed a lottery bill earlier this year. Similar bills have been continually shot down since the 1980s.

Opponents have argued that a statewide lottery is a form of gambling and is a regressive tax on poor residents who play the game. Proponents said Wyoming was losing revenues when residents traveled out of state to buy tickets.

Analysts have projected that a lottery would gross about $25 million in Wyoming, netting about $6 million a year after expenses and prizes. Under this year's state law, the first $6 million of proceeds will go to local governments and any additional proceeds would go to a public school foundation fund.

Erin Taylor of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association also was named to the board.

- Dave Bonner, publisher of the Powell Tribune.

- Brian Scott Gamroth, morning host on K2 radio in Casper.

- Jim Griffin of Casper, a former state technology worker.

- Gerry Marburger, a CPA from Riverton.

- Ross Newman, a rancher and banker from Torrington.

- Barry Sims, of Cheyenne, former head of Taco John's International.

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