If you buy a lottery ticket in Iowa, you’ll need to claim any prize you win from that ticket here in Iowa. And if you buy a ticket in another state, you’ll need to claim any prize from it in that state.
As we’ve discussed many times here on the blog, there’s a lot of technology that goes into running a lottery today, and each state lottery has its own computer system to track the tickets it sells.
The lottery terminals that sell and cash lottery tickets at retail locations here in Iowa are connected to a central communications system that spans our entire state. That lottery network provides real-time information about retail transactions involving millions of tickets.
The same is true in any other U.S. state that has a lottery. And, the money raised from the sale of lottery tickets in each state stays in that state to support valuable causes there.
Because each state lottery individually tracks its tickets and $$$$$, the computer systems involved are independent. So that means our equipment here in Iowa can’t read tickets from out of state, and vice versa.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Travel safely. Remember that our offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the long holiday weekend. So, we’ll see you again on Monday, Nov. 28!