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December 22, 2021


Hi, Kerri. That detail is addressed in the blog entry, but I'm happy to answer your question here in the comments as well. You do not have to be an American citizen to win an Iowa Lottery prize. Lots of folks from other states and countries can and have won prizes through the years. If you win an Iowa Lottery prize and you’re not a resident of this country, you may pay a higher amount in withholding than a U.S. citizen would, but it’s perfectly OK for you to play and win!

I have a question? Do you have to be a American citizen?

Thank you very much for A CRYSTAL CLEAR, answer. Merry Christmas

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