Lottery Expansion Face Hurdles Despite States Money Woes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming has been losing millions of dollars in revenue from its declining minerals extraction industry.

But the new Wyoming Lottery has started paying off by distributing some of its profits to cash-strapped cities and towns across the state.

A member of the board that oversees WyoLotto says the state might want to look at an expansion to tap even more revenue.

A study by lottery staff conducted last year estimated that adding more lucrative instant-win scratch ticket games would boost the proceeds paid to the state to about $12 million a year.

But the idea faces tough going in a Legislature that prohibited scratch tickets because of concerns they encourage compulsive gambling.