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Wyoming Lottery defends expenses, says it has cut marketing costs by more than half

December 7, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is defending itself against charges that it is not sending enough money to the state and is spending excessively on expenses like marketing and salaries.

CEO Jon Clontz said that recent calls from some local government officials for legislation requiring the lottery to send a set amount or percentage of money each year were premature and stem from issues outside of his organization’s control.

A recent analysis of the lottery’s financial documents showed that it was locked into spending around $1 million per year to a Cheyenne marketing firm. Some local officials, including the executive director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, said they believed that spending was irresponsible given the relatively low transfers being made to the state, which passes on the funds to cities and towns.

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