A lottery product that borrows features from some of our most popular games will debut Sunday here in Iowa, creating a new way to play that’s known as a “scratchless scratch ticket.”
We’re calling it InstaPlay. The product combines features from instant-scratch and lotto games and gives players a new option with no numbers to pick, playslips to fill out or wait for a drawing. Iowa will be the 14th U.S. lottery to offer the product, which goes by a few different names across the country.
InstaPlay tickets are “scratchless” because they don’t have a security coating that needs to be removed to see if you’ve won a prize. And instead of having supplies of tickets printed in advance like you’ll find in traditional scratch and pull-tab games, InstaPlay tickets are printed on demand from the lottery terminal, just like those in Powerball® and Mega Millions®. But the play style of InstaPlay tickets is similar to that of scratch tickets, with symbols and numbers that need to match to win a prize.
InstaPlay tickets contain graphics and play instructions showing how to play the game and determine if you’ve won a prize. One of the
InstaPlay games that begins Sunday also includes a progressive jackpot that grows with each ticket sold. The current jackpot amount will be displayed on tickets as they’re printed and on the lottery’s website.
Three InstaPlay games will begin sales this weekend: $1 Lucky Gems InstaPlay; $5 Cash Spectacular InstaPlay; and $2 Cherry Twist Progressive InstaPlay, which includes a progressive jackpot.
The lottery terminal will play a cash register sound whenever an InstaPlay ticket is printed, so listen for that audio when you make your purchase. That lets you know that the ticket you asked for is ready for you. (When a winning InstaPlay ticket is scanned on a lottery terminal, you’ll hear the “You’re a winner!” sound just like you do in our other games.)
More InstaPlay games will be added to the mix over time.