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Iowa Lottery
Address: 2323 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
E-mail Address:
Phone: (515) 725-7900
Fax: (515) 725-7882
Population: 3,007,856
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
President & CEO: Matt Strawn
Year Lottery Founded: 1985
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Sales Per Capita: $79.66
Number of Employees: 117
Number of Retailers : 2,369
Retailer Sales Commission: Between 5% - 7%
On-line Vendor: Scientific Games
Number of Terminals: 2,700
Instant Ticket Vendor: Pollard Banknote,
Scientific Games
Pulltabs Vendor: American Games
Number of ITVMs: 1,430 (Interlott & American Games)
Advertising: Strategic America
Games Offered: Powerball, Instant, Pulltab, $100,000 Daily Cash Game, Pick 3, Hot Lotto, Pick 4, Mega Miilions.
Beneficiaries: General revenue fund; Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
Jurisdiction: State of Iowa

Background Information


Legislation creating Iowa’s lottery was signed into law in April 1985. The Lottery began ticket sales just four months later with a kickoff celebration at the Iowa State Fair on August 22. More than 6.4 million Scratch, Match and Win instant tickets were sold during the first week of sales.
The Iowa Lottery’s first draw game was Iowa LOTTO, which debuted on April 30, 1986. The multistate Lotto*America launched in Iowa and six other states in February 1988; the game was the precursor to Powerball, which was co-designed by founding Iowa Lottery commissioner Ed Stanek.
The Lottery’s current lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, $100,000 Cash Game, Pick 3 and Pick 4.
There are several industry firsts in the Iowa Lottery’s history. It was the first American lottery to offer pulltabs in 1987. Iowa debuted the CD-ROM based Treasure Tower in 2000, the first time any U.S. lottery offered a scratch game playable on a personal computer. Iowa was also the first to introduce Touch Play, electronic instant pulltab vending machines, which were in use from 2003 to 2006.
Lottery proceeds originally were earmarked for the Iowa Plan, a longterm economic development program. In 1991, they were designated for environmental and cultural programs, but just one year later, proceeds were directed to the state’s General Fund, where they can be used as needed.
Today, the Iowa Lottery also helps support the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and Vision Iowa, a program implemented in 2000 to create tourism destinations in the state, assist with community attractions and build and repair schools.
The Veterans Trust Fund receives the profits from four dedicated games each year – two scratch games and two pulltab games. The Fund was created to provide assistance to qualified veterans to help pay for expenses such as job training or college tuition assistance; some dental, vision and hearing assistance; and individual or family counseling programs.
Vision Iowa is primarily funded by revenues from casino gaming in the state. Up to $20 million of lottery revenues annually may be used to supplement the program’s revenues if necessary – $15 million for community attractions in Iowa and another $5 million for programs that build and repair schools.

News Archive for CY2021
August 6, 2021 Iowa Lottery Reports Record-Setting Year in Sales, Prize Distribution, Charitable Support and More
July 28, 2021 FY 2021: Iowa Lottery Sales, Proceeds, Prizes to Players All Set Records
July 21, 2021 Iowa Lottery Sees Record-Breaking Ticket Sales With A Few Weeks Left in Its Fiscal Year
June 29, 2021 Iowa Lottery Has Already Broken Sales Records with a Month Left in Fiscal Year
May 30, 2021 Iowa Lottery Making Changes to Two of Its Hallmark Games
January 8, 2021 Iowa Lottery Launch New Transparent Scratch Ticket

News Archive for CY2020
July 25, 2020 Iowa Lottery Meets Its Budget Targets Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic
July 7, 2020 Iowa Lottery Expected to Hit Budget Goals, But Not Records

News Archive for CY2019
December 2, 2019 Newspaper Files Complaints Seeking Settlement Details in Lottery Case
November 7, 2019 Iowa Lottery Proceeds to State Causes Top $2 Billion
July 30, 2019 34 Years in The Making: Iowa Lottery Sets Records
July 30, 2019 Iowa Commission Approves Final Set of Sports Betting Rules
June 26, 2019 Iowa Lottery on Track to Break All-Time Yearly Records for Sales, Prizes and Commissions
April 15, 2019 Iowa Lottery Announce Plans for $1M Unclaimed Powerball Ticket
March 20, 2019 Iowa Lottery Head Renews Push for Online Games
February 21, 2019 House and Senate Sports Betting Bills See NO Role for Lottery
February 7, 2019 Iowa Legislature Debates Who Should Run Sports Betting
January 28, 2019 Iowa Lottery Lawsuit Granted Class Action
January 22, 2019 Lotto Rigging Lawsuit Gains Class Action Status
January 8, 2019 Governor Appoints Former-Iowa GOP Chair to Lead Lottery

News Archive for CY2018
December 29, 2018 Industry Leader Larry Loss to Serve as Interim CEO of Iowa Lottery
December 12, 2018 Iowa Lottery Seeks Change to Allow Use of Electronic Cash and Games
October 17, 2018 Iowa Lottery Asks That Suit Seeking Part of Mystery Jackpot be Thrown Out
September 21, 2018 Lottery Sees Delaware’s Model for Sports Betting as a Possibility for Iowa
September 12, 2018 Lottery Ends Sales in One of Its Scratch Games after Player Reports
July 20, 2018 FY 2018: Record Sales & Prizes to Players in a Well-Rounded Year for Iowa Lottery
May 10, 2018 Iowa Man Wins $4.38 Million Lottery with a Free Ticket
April 19, 2018 Iowa Lottery Wins International Gaming-Compliance Award For Work In Investigation
April 19, 2018 Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich Announces He Intends To Retire Late This Year Or In Early 2019
April 5, 2018 Sales of Lottery Scratch Tickets In Iowa Set New Overall Monthly Record
March 16, 2018 Class Action Suit Seeks Money for Lottery Players Who Allegedly Had No Chance at Winning
March 2, 2018 Iowa Lottery is Finalist for International Gaming-Compliance Award for Work in Investigation

News Archive for CY2017
September 28, 2017 New Lottery Machines Provide More Purchase Options
September 26, 2017 Iowa Lottery Apologizes For Error in Releasing Sensitive Information for Some Winners From 2011
September 26, 2017 LOTTO UPDATES: Mega Millions® Changing; New Game with Throwback Name Debuting
August 23, 2017 Computer Find Proved Key to Unravelling Iowa Lottery Fraud
August 23, 2017 Iowa Lottery Officials Respond To Sentencing Of Former Employee, Eddie Tipton, Tuesday
August 4, 2017 Hot Lotto Lottery Game to End in October After 15 Years
July 20, 2017 FY 2017: Annual Sales, Proceeds & Prizes Finish in Iowa Lottery’s Top 4
June 27, 2017 Iowa Lottery Officials Pledge to Tighten Security to Stop Cheaters
June 28, 2017 Iowa Lottery Expects to End Year Ahead of Revenue Projection
April 20, 2017 Iowa Senate Votes Unanimously To Confirm Terry Rich As Lottery CEO
April 13, 2017 Iowa Lottery Sets New Monthly Sales Record For Instant-Scratch Games
March 27, 2017 Fantasy Sports Betting In Iowa Moves to the Next Round
January 24, 2017 More Than $1.2 Million in Lotto Prizes Expired in Iowa without Being Claimed in 2016
January 7, 2017 Trials for Brothers Charged in Lottery Fixing Case Delayed

News Archive for CY2016
December 27, 2016 Iowa Lottery Sales Reached Record High in 2016, Report Says
October 19, 2016 Lottery Ticket Fraudulent Case Update
October 13, 2016 Judge Rules Winner's Lawsuit in Lottery-Fixing Case Can Continue
September 20, 2016 Iowa Lottery Awards American Games A New Contract For Pull-Tab Vending Machines
August 25, 2016 Attorney’s Records Sought in Subpoena Related to Lottery Investigation
August 24, 2016 Iowa Prosecutor Seeks to Subpoena Texas Attorneys in Lottery Fraud Case
August 12, 2016 Judge to Decide if Lawsuit over Hot Lotto Winnings Can Proceed
July 27, 2016 Court Reverses Part of Iowa Lottery Fraud Conviction
July 26, 2016 Iowa Lottery Has Record-Busting Year
July 25, 2016 Szrek2Solutions’ Trusted Draw™ and Trusted Audit™ Systems Deployed by the Iowa Lottery
July 11, 2016 Iowa's Gambling Industry Posts $21.6 Million Gain in Fiscal 2016
July 8, 2016 Data Show Per-Capita Lottery Spending Varies by County
June 29, 2016 Iowa Lottery Nears Several Records for the Fiscal Year
June 20, 2016 Iowa Lottery Introduces New Look
June 13, 2016 Iowa Lottery Recognized For Industry Best Practices in Its Gaming-System Testing
April 4, 2016 Iowa Lottery Hopes to Upgrade Vending Machines by End of September
April 2, 2016 Iowa Governor Signs Lottery Bill
March 22, 2016 Iowa Fantasy Sports Legislation Advances
March 15, 2016 Senate Votes for Player Activated Touch Screen Lottery Terminals, Bill Now Heads to Governor
March 12, 2016 Senate Debating Bill That Would Enable the Lottery to Replace Outdated Scratch-Ticket and Pull-Tab Machines
February 22, 2016 Iowa House Votes to Make Buying Lottery Tickets Easier
February 16, 2016 Record Sales & Transfer: Iowa Lottery Declares January A 'Bin Buster'
February 3, 2016 First Lawsuit in Multi-State Games Scandal Seeks Millions


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