We made the announcement and blogged about why we were making the change earlier this month, but we’re still getting questions from players, so I’m touching on the topic again today. On April 16, the Iowa Lottery began conducting its own drawings in the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. We now have winning numbers in those games that are unique to Iowa, and we no longer share results with the Illinois Lottery.
Some folks initially thought we were providing the wrong results when they saw that Iowa’s winning numbers in Pick 3 and Pick 4 were different than those in Illinois, but we’ve assured them that the information is, in fact, correct. We’ve added reminder messages on our website – they’re in red on the main pages for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games – so those will hopefully help spread the word as well.
In addition to the details that we provide directly to you, many media outlets around the state provide the winning numbers in lottery drawings as a public service. We’ve been reaching out to newspapers, televisions stations and radio stations to make sure they’re aware of the change so they can double-check that they are providing the results correctly.
There’s an adjustment period when any change occurs. It makes me think of that old saying, “I like progress, I just don’t like change.” We’re about a week into this particular change and it seems like things are working out just fine. The good news is, people like the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games and are paying close attention to the winning numbers in them!
Thank you for playing and good luck on your lottery tickets!