Utah is third in the nation in the Bureau of Land Management Sweepstakes!

Well, anyway, it's third in the BLM's payments in lieu of taxes - money paid to counties to make up for the fact that federal land is not subject to property tax.The $9,947,504 that Utah will get in fiscal 1988 payments is part of more than $104 million paid to nearly 2,000 local government units across the country. The BLM is responsible for managing 300 million acres, 22 million of them in Utah.

Interior Secretary Don Hodel said payments help local governmental fund services.

California raked in the biggest chunk of federal money, with nearly $10.9 million. New Mexico was next, more than $10.5 million, and Utah was third. All states except Rhode Island got something.