Based on the number of questions we get about the process involved when you win a Powerball jackpot, we’ve decided that Iowans definitely like to plan ahead! Either that, or we’re a really optimistic state full of people who all plan to win. Either way, we like the questions, so keep them coming.
Folks have been asking whether they can remain anonymous when they claim a lottery jackpot. The answer varies from state to state, depending upon the laws there. But folks here are probably most concerned about the situation in Iowa, so let’s concentrate on the laws in our state.
When you win an Iowa Lottery prize of $600 or more, you have to fill out a winner claim form that includes your name, address and Social Security number before you can claim your winnings. Iowa law makes the information on that claim form public, meaning that anyone can request a copy of the form to see who has won the prize. We redact sensitive information, such as your Social Security number, from the form before we release it, but all other details are considered public information under Iowa law (Iowa Code Section 99G.34(5).
The winner claim form states in part: “By signing this claim form, I authorize the Iowa lottery Authority to use my name and likeness for any publicity purposes that it deems desirable.” Also, “The Lottery will redact your Social Security number on this claim form. The remaining information is used for research and publicity purposes and will be made available to members of the public.”
Because prize winners’ information is public in Iowa, we encourage our jackpot winners to hold news conferences at the lottery when they claim their prizes. That way, we can help you quickly handle the publicity part of the process and then you can get on with enjoying your winnings. It’s also fun to share the story of your good fortune because each winner is different and every person has his/her own unique plans for the winnings!