Brian wrote to us and asked, “Why is it that out-of-state people can win in your promotions?”
Brian isn’t the first person to ask the question, and I’m sure he won’t be the last. When it comes to promotions, we do try to offer different promotions that fit different players’ play styles and personalities. We have several promotions that are restricted to Iowa-only players, and some that aren’t. For instance, when we have retailer promotions, only those people living in that area will be able to etner, just from a geographic standpoint. Further, when we have retailer promotions, only those people living in that area will be able to enter, just from a geographic standpoint.
When it comes to scratch tickets, anyone passing through Iowa may purchase and play a game from a licensed Iowa Lottery retailer. We decided to offer our VIP Club to anyone who plays Iowa Lottery scratch games, and many other lotteries across the nation do the same. We are providing merchandise and trip packages as prizes this time around, so out-of-state players are eligible.
As far as drawings go, we use a secure system to randomly draw winners’ names using a computer program. That program is monitored by our own security staff, as well as outside auditors. We can assure you that the drawings are 100% random, and we think you’ll see that with the drawing results in the second round of our “Winter of Winners” promotion. We have winners from all over the state, and in this case, one person from Nebraska also won in the second drawing in our Winter of Winners promotion. In our Rock of Ages promotion last year, the top-prize winner had only one entry! It’s just the luck of the draw.
Brian said that covered his question, and we were happy to give him that info. If you’ve got questions about our promotions or anything else, you can always shoot us an email at WMaster@ialottery.com or catch us on Twitter, Facebook or this blog.