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November 17, 2023


Hi, Dan. I can't tell from your comment if you already know that your tickets are winners or if you are looking for ways to check their results. You can scan most lottery tickets on the lottery's mobile app to check their results or you can take your tickets to a local lottery retailer and use the self-checker there or give them to a store clerk to check. If you already know the results of your tickets and it is still within the deadlines to claim the prizes involved, you can claim many prizes at a local retailer. Or, if it is a prize of more than $600, you can claim that by visiting one of our lottery offices or mailing the ticket involved to Iowa Lottery headquarters. If it is past the prize-claim deadline for the prizes involved, it would not be possible for you to claim the prize. Here is a direct link to the How To Claim A Prize page on our website for full details: https://www.ialottery.com/Pages/Games/ClaimingPrizes.aspx

How do I claim winning tickets I’ve had in my wallet but didn’t claim,thanks.

Hi, Donna. You're so right -- and we do. Iowa's Pick 3 and Pick 4 games are Iowa-only and have easier odds of winning. But when it comes to achieving giant jackpots, Iowa could not achieve that on its own. Population is a big factor in jackpot games, and Iowa is too small to produce big jackpots on its own. That is why multi-state games like Powerball and Mega Millions came into being -- by combining their populations together, states can achieve the jackpot sizes they could never produce on their own.

It would be nice to have a game that's only sold in Iowa.

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