The Wyoming Lottery Corporation on Monday reported $1,000 in sales per minute for the first hour of ticket sales on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Between noon, when lottery sales opened, and midnight, there was $198,612 in sales the first day. ALF’s Pub and Package Liquors in Cheyenne and KIKS Chevron in Evanston tied for top retailer sales at $2,050 each, followed by $1,079 in sales at the Holiday Station in Sheridan where the first lottery ticket was sold.
Total Powerball® sales were $130,578 with Powerball sales being $108,910 and Power Play sales being $21,668. Powerball tickets cost $2 for each play plus $1 for each Power Play chosen. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8 p.m.
Total Mega Millions® sales were $68,034 with Mega Million sales being $49,979 with Megaplier sales being $18,055. A Mega Millions ticket costs $1 for each play plus $1 for each Megaplier chosen. Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 8:59 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8 p.m.
“We had a very good grand opening day, showing the tremendous support that Wyoming residents have for the lottery,” said Wyoming Lottery CEO, Jon Clontz. “The credit also goes to the dedicated retailers, many of whom held their own launch parties.”
On Sunday, Mary Ogg, a 67-year-old grandmother from Sheridan, made Wyoming history when she bought the first two lottery tickets at the Holiday Station, located on the corner of Brundage and Coffeen in Sheridan. She was chosen randomly from among the more than 27,000 entrants in a giveaway the Lottery created to promote the launch of the lottery. In addition to purchasing the first lottery ticket sold in Wyoming, Ogg also won a 2014 Jeep Wrangler and free Mega Millions tickets for a year.
When asked what she thought about being the central figure in a historic day for the Wyoming Lottery, Ogg responded, “I really did not believe that this was happening to this old lady.”
At the busy Holiday Station, WyoLotto officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by the Wyoming Lottery Board, legislators, local elected officials, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the general public. After Ogg bought the first ticket, a line of people wrapped around the counter and trailed outside as they waited for their chance to buy first-day tickets. The Lottery also hosted a small community celebration with games, barbecue and live music to mark this historic occasion.
The most lottery tickets were sold in Natrona County, which reported sales of $36,450. Sweetwater ranked second with $24,855, followed by Laramie with $22,028, Uinta with $17,378 and Campbell with $17,693. Big Horn County reported sales of $2,793.
For more information about where Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are sold in Wyoming, visit www.wyolotto.com.