Wyoming Committee Authorizes Powerball Legislation - Thursday 4th of May 2006

CHEYENNE, Wyoming – As reported by the Casper Star-Tribune: "In the latest push to make Wyoming a Powerball state, an interim legislative committee on Monday authorized legislation allowing Wyoming to join the multistate lottery.

"Individual lawmakers have sponsored Powerball bills in past legislative sessions, but this marks the first time a committee will formally introduce a bill of its own.

"…'The way I look at it, the lottery is something the majority of the people in this state want, and that's reason enough to pass the bill,' said Wayne Reese, D-Cheyenne, a member of the Joint Interim Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee, which authorized the bill.

"…Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently take part in Powerball. The largest-ever jackpot was $365 million won by eight co-workers at a Lincoln, Neb., ham processing plant in February.

"…The committee plans to introduce the bill when the Legislature meets in January."

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