Wyoming could bite into Idaho lottery sales

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wyoming's upstart lottery could take a bite of out what have been steadily growing sales since the first $1 scratch ticket was sold in Idaho in 1989.

Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson told budget writers Friday the emergence of Wyoming on the lottery scene could reduce Idaho's sales by up to $3 million in fiscal year 2015.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill last March clearing the way for its lottery.

It'll likely start in June.

Until now, the absence of a Wyoming lottery has benefited Idaho as ticket-seeking residents slip across the border in hopes of striking it rich.

Utah, to Idaho's south, also doesn't have its own lottery.

But Anderson expects some Utah residents will now bypass Idaho for Wyoming to buy Powerball or Mega Millions tickets.