Wyoming was the 46th state to join the USA's lottery family, with tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games now available to be purchased. Residents of "The Cowboy State" no longer need venture out to neighbouring states, like Colorado, to buy their tickets for the big multi-state lotteries.
WyoLotto was launched on August 24th 2014, and the first ticket was sold to a lucky prize winner in Sheridan. As well as having the honour of buying the first lottery ticket in Wyoming, 67 year old grandmother, Mary Ogg also won herself a Jeep Wrangler. Eight other regional winners also profited from the Launch Day Giveaway, pocketing $1,000 and a years worth of Mega Millions tickets.
WyoLotto is headed by YoLo the yellow Jackpotalope (a fictitious animal that is half hare, half antelope). YoLo is the lucky symbol of the Wyoming Lottery and can be seen reaching for a star in the lottery's logo as a way of representing a hopeful lottery player reaching for a winning ticket. Also featured in the logo is the lottery's positive and hopeful slogan "Just Maybe".
As of writing, almost 400 retailers in Wyoming have registered to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, making it easy for residents to buy tickets from anywhere in the state. WyoLotto have also made it easy to keep up-to-date with the latest lottery news by regularly updating their six social media pages; which include, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest.
On March 15th 2015, WyoLotto gave Wyomingites the chance to win a horse. Why, you ask? To celebrate the launch of Cowboy Draw, Wyoming's first in-state lottery game, of course. The twice-weekly game costs $5 to play and players are required to match 5 numbers to win jackpots starting at $250,000.