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March 15, 2019


Hi, Bernie! We do have promotions throughout the year, but you don't need to mail in tickets -- our promotions are done online today and you can enter the codes from your tickets from your desktop computer or mobile device, whichever is more convenient for you. We'll announce the details of our next promotion soon! You'll need to join our free VIP Club to enter our promotions, and you can do that here: https://www.ialotteryvip.com/Pages/_Root/VIP_main.aspx

Hello! I buy the scratch offs and wondered where to send my losers for a chance to win. If you still do that? Thanks so much Bernie Seifert

Hi, Bev! Thanks for writing in. You're absolutely right about some of the details, but there are a couple corrections needed. Powerball was always a multi-state game. When it began back in April 1992, there were 15 lotteries in the game, and it has grown over time. The concept behind Powerball was that small states like Iowa couldn't produce giant jackpots on their own, but by banding together with other states, there would be a larger population base playing the game, which in turn could achieve larger jackpots. But you are right that the money from any lottery tickets purchased in Iowa stays right here in Iowa. That's always been the case. And our scratch games, pull-tab games, InstaPlay games as well as our Pick 3 and Pick 4 games are Iowa only. The only multi-state games that we offer are in the lotto category. They include Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life. We do our best to have a lot of variety in our game offerings, understanding that different folks like different games.

Still makes no sense. The Ia Lottery started the Powerball, then allowed all the other states in. If it's called the Ia Lottery, it should be the Ia Lottery where Iowans are the winners.The other states should have there own lottery games whether it's Powerball or scratch tickets or pull tabs. The money shoulld stay in IOWA.

Hi, Phil! When you choose the easy-pick option, the numbers printed on the ticket are chosen by the computer in the lottery terminal at the store. That's one of the reasons that more than one ticket can have the same set of numbers. And it's a security feature within the game.

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