SHERIDAN — Officials at the newly established Wyoming Lottery are encouraging retailers to apply to be ticket vendors. In a press release this week, the corporation indicated it has received approximately 300 applications online and through the mail, representing more than 500 locations.
“Our goal is to place a maximum of 450 to 500 terminals statewide, but we’ll certainly experience attrition as a result of the vetting process,” CEO Jon Clontz said in the release. “That means retailers who haven’t applied yet still have a good chance of becoming a WyoLotto ticket seller.”
In Sheridan, both the Maverick and Holiday gas stations have already put in their applications.General Manager of the North Main Street Holiday Station Greg Brewer said he hopes his store site is selected as a vendor.
“It will draw more traffic to the store,” he explained. “We also want to give our customers more variety.”
The Sheridan Press is also in the running as a potential vendor.
“Virtually every type of retail business is represented, from gas stations and convenience stores to bowling alleys, bars, restaurants — you name it,” Clontz said, adding that the call for more applicants is an effort to have a healthy crop of competitors.
“That’s important, because we want to make sure its convenient for people to play, even if they live in less populated areas of the state.”
Clontz said the lottery will also maintain a 90-day waiting list of approved applicants to quickly fill any vacancies that might occur.
WyoLotto rules indicate retailers will be selected based on financial responsibility, business activity, geographical representation and even business hours of operation, among other criteria. Retailers must become a WyoLotto vendor in addition to an existing business, and may not sell only lottery products.
Disqualifying circumstances for potential vendors are felony, gambling, forgery or fraud convictions, owing back taxes, or having insufficient operating funds.
Applications for retailers are available at www.wyolotto.com.
The lottery is scheduled to go live Aug. 24.