- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The opening day of the new Wyoming Lottery saw nearly $200,000 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets being sold.

“We’re pretty happy about it,” state lottery CEO Jon Clontz said. “… And the fact that it went without a hitch. We had no systems errors, no major glitches. So it was really great.”

Wyoming entered the nationwide jackpot frenzy at noon on Sunday when Mary Ogg of Sheridan bought the first ticket. The 67-year-old grandmother had won a promotional contest to buy the first ticket.

Powerball ticket sales from noon Sunday to midnight amounted to more than $130,000, while Mega Millions sales were more than $68,000, The Wyoming Lottery Corp. said.

Mega Millions draws its winning numbers on Tuesday night, while the first Powerball drawing under the new Wyoming lottery is Wednesday night.

The official first-day total sales amounted to $198,612.

Tickets sales remained strong on Monday, Clontz said. “I’m hoping to do $45,000 a day, or $315,000 a week,” he said.

The lottery tickets are being sold at nearly 400 outlets around the state.

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.

Among the counties, Natrona County had the most sales with $36,450, followed by Sweetwater with $24,855, Laramie with $22,028, Uinta with $17,378 and Campbell with $17,693.

Sales for other Wyoming counties were: Fremont, $10,667; Sheridan, $10,166; Carbon, $6,692; Park, $6,597; Converse, $6,138; Lincoln, $5,453; Albany, $5,367; Platte, $4,212; Sublette, $3,893; Teton, $3,769; Big Horn, $2,793; Hot Springs, $2,645; Johnson, $2,628; Goshen, $2,228; Weston, $2,215; Washakie, $2,157; Crook, $2,038; and Niobrara, $663.

The lottery is expected to generate $13 million to $17 million in ticket sales during the first year in Wyoming.

Under state law, the first $6 million in revenue after prizes and expenses goes to local governments. Anything over $6 million goes to schools.

“Winning is great, and we want winners. But the money also goes to very good causes, and so the more money that we can generate for local government and education, that’s great stuff,” Clontz said. “So I’m really happy and I’m happy for the people of Wyoming, too.”

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