Wyoming

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Major events in Wyoming gaming history

1967

Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized, subject to local approval, and limited fair meets begin operating each year

1985

Wyoming Downs opens in May as the first commercial racetrack in Wyoming

1989

Off-track betting begins

2003

Instant racing machines begin in August after Commission approval

2005

The original Wind River Casino opens
Courts deem instant racing is illegal and the machines shut down in July

2007

Shoshone Rose Casino opens

2008

A new Wind River Hotel and Casino opens in May, larger than the original, which is renamed 789 Smoke Shop & Casino

2009

The Little Wind Casino opens in April
Wyoming Downs closes at the end of the year

2010

The off-track betting system shuts down at the end of the year

2011

Live racing resumes when Sweetwater Downs begins a short meeting in August, and several OTB facilities reopen

2013

"Historical racing" is legalized in February and begins in December
Lottery legislation is signed into law in March
Wyoming Downs reopens with two live race days

2014

The Wyoming Lottery begins ticket sales on August 24

2015

In March, the Lottery launches Cowboy Draw, its first Wyoming-only game

2016

The Lottery adds the multi-state game Lucky for Life in December

 

 

Tribal gaming

There are two tribes in Wyoming with Class III gaming compacts and they operate four gaming facilities.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation – Shoshone Rose Casino
Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation – 789 Smoke Shop & Casino, Little Wind Casino, Wind River Hotel and Casino

 

Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery began ticket sales on August 24, 2014, with Powerball and Mega Millions. Its first Wyoming-only game, Cowboy Draw, launched in March 2015, and the multi-state game Lucky for Life was introduced in December 2016. Only terminal-based lottery games are allowed by law.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to Wyoming’s cities, towns and counties and deposited into the state’s Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account.

Wyoming Lottery
1620 Central Ave, Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone (307) 432-9300

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

A limited amount of live racing returned to Wyoming in 2011 after no activity in 2010. Under the direction of Wyoming Horse Racing LLC, racing in 2015 was conducted at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs, the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper, and at Energy Downs in Gillette. Horse racing also returned to Wyoming Downs in 2013.

Historical racing was authorized once again in 2013 and now generates the lion's share of pari-mutuel handle in the state. The games are offered at tracks and OTB facilities.

Off-track betting began in 1989 and there are currently 15 OTB locations. Pari-mutuel wagering on steer roping is also allowed, subject to local approval.

Wyoming Downs
10180 Hwy 89 North
Evanston, WY 82930
Phone (307) 789-RACE (7223)

Wyoming Horse Racing LLC
Sweetwater Downs
3320 Yellowstone Road
Rock Springs, WY 82901
 
Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission
Energy II Building, Suite 335
951 Werner Court
Casper, WY 82601
Phone (307) 265-4015

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo, raffles and pulltabs are available to qualified non-profit organizations. They are licensed and regulated at the local level.

 

Last updated on December 10, 2016