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February 25, 2013


Hi, Justin. Thanks for commenting to the blog. I think the answer to your question is in the blog entry to which you commented. But here are the specifics: The overall odds of winning on a scratch ticket apply to each ticket purchased in a game, not a series of tickets. So, if a scratch game has overall odds of winning of about 1:4, that doesn't mean that if you buy four tickets, one will automatically be a winner. It means that if you were to buy all of the tickets available in that game, approximately 1 in 4 of them would win a prize. It’s also important to know that the distribution of tickets within our games is completely random. That’s part of the security process involved in running a lottery; not even our sales representatives who deliver our tickets to stores know where the winning tickets are or which stores will receive them. So, there could be three winning tickets in a row in one of our games, and then several nonwinning tickets after that. Security is of the utmost concern at the Iowa Lottery -- people play our games because they understand the integrity behind our products. We work hard to ensure that everyone has the same fair shot at winning.

Very mad at Iowa bass pro shop scratch tickets bought 6 tickets an all losers and it says 1 in 4 win really thats some crazy stuff so i spent 30$ and got nothing. This cause of the drawing thing on it cause I'm a vip member and heck i only get five ten points per ticket usually i get 25 50 250 100 points went i enter that many and there all loser right in a row bad bad luck on these and if u see my vip account you could see how many i have bought never had such poor tickets like this and I've played for years so explain cause i have dyslexia and don't understand

Spent twenty dollars on the game book and didnt win a dime! That will be my last purchase of that!

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