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Wyoming braced for lottery fever starts selling Powerball and Mega Millions

It’s going to be a big weekend in Wyoming, USA as their state lottery will start selling tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions next Sunday.

Already looking forward to the draw is 67-year old grandmother Mary Ogg from Sheridan, who has never purchased a lottery ticket in her life.

Mary was the lucky winner of a competition that was held in the state for the chance to buy the first ticket in the new Wyoming Lottery. More than 27,000 people entered the competition and Mary will certainly have a great chance of winning some big prizes in the future.

As a result of her win in the competition the 67-year-old will receive a year’s supply of Mega Millions tickets, so it’s no surprise she’s saying “I won’t have to worry about buying anymore for a while.”

It was touch and go whether Mary would actually enter the competition because she’s always had the opinion that lotteries can be a “pain” with all the unsolicited emails that might follow a big win. She also describes herself as a person who doesn’t seek notoriety. As well as winning the honour of buying the first ticket and getting all those future Mega Millions tickets, Mary also won a 2014 Jeep® Wrangler and $1,000.

The state begins selling tickets for Powerball and Mega Millions on Sunday August 24 and everyone will be waiting for Mary to make her first purchase. That’s because once she does so, the rest of the approved outlets around the state will begin selling tickets. Mary has decided that she’ll get her first ever lottery ticket from the Holiday Station store in Sheridan where she normally buys gas.

Wyoming residents will be hoping the massive Mega Millions jackpot that has risen to $160m won’t be won before they start participate in the game. The first Mega Millions draw players in Wyoming will be trying to win will be the draw due to take place on Tuesday August 26, and the first Powerball draw the following day.

The lottery is expected to net about $6 million a year for Wyoming after expenses and prizes. That amount is earmarked for local governments with any proceeds above that amount going to a state school fund.

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