Conference committee compromises on lottery bill

Feb 25, 2013

After rejecting the Senate version of the bill that would allow Wyoming to join a multi-state lottery, a conference committee has reached a compromise that supporters hope will get the bill to the governor. 

The House wants all revenue from the lottery to go to local government, but the Senate wants the money to go into a permanent account that’s used for schools. 

The compromise says that 6-million dollars goes to local government, while any money above that amount would go into the schools account. 

Cheyenne Democrat Jim Byrd says finally getting a lottery approved in his county is a big deal.

“There’s not a single that I go through where I have less than ten people asking me, why don’t we have a lotto?”

The House and Senate both have to support the compromise in order for the bill to pass.