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October 20, 2018


I'm guessing you're not alone in having that wish, Charlene! :) But the daydreaming is part of the fun, isn't it?

For the lump-sum amount, federal and state withholdings apply before the prize is paid. The federal withholding rate is currently 24 percent and the state withholding rate in Iowa is 5 percent. And in Iowa, lottery winners' information is public, so it is not possible to claim a prize anonymously.

How I wish I would have the winning ticket

For the Lump Sum option, are taxes taken out before that amount or after you receive that amount? And do you have the option to opt out to remain anonymous if you are the winner of the jackpot? Thank you!

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