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Iowa Lottery
Address: 2323 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Internet: www.ialottery.com
E-mail Address: ialott@dsmet.com
Phone: (515) 725-7900
Fax: (515) 725-7882
Population: 3,007,856
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
President & CEO: Terry Rich
Year Lottery Founded: 1985
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2015:
$324,767,416
$366,910,923
Sales Per Capita: $79.66
Number of Employees: 117
Number of Retailers : 2,369
Retailer Sales Commission: Between 5% - 7%
On-line Vendor: Scientific Games
Number of Terminals: 2,700
Instant Ticket Vendor: Pollard Banknote,
Scientific Games
Pulltabs Vendor: American Games
Number of ITVMs: 1,430 (Interlott & American Games)
Advertising: Strategic America
Games Offered: Powerball, Instant, Pulltab, $100,000 Daily Cash Game, Pick 3, Hot Lotto, Pick 4, Mega Miilions.
Beneficiaries: General revenue fund; Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
Jurisdiction: State of Iowa


Background Information

 

Legislation creating Iowa’s lottery was signed into law in April 1985. The Lottery began ticket sales just four months later with a kickoff celebration at the Iowa State Fair on August 22. More than 6.4 million Scratch, Match and Win instant tickets were sold during the first week of sales.
The Iowa Lottery’s first draw game was Iowa LOTTO, which debuted on April 30, 1986. The multistate Lotto*America launched in Iowa and six other states in February 1988; the game was the precursor to Powerball, which was co-designed by founding Iowa Lottery commissioner Ed Stanek.
The Lottery’s current lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, $100,000 Cash Game, Pick 3 and Pick 4.
There are several industry firsts in the Iowa Lottery’s history. It was the first American lottery to offer pulltabs in 1987. Iowa debuted the CD-ROM based Treasure Tower in 2000, the first time any U.S. lottery offered a scratch game playable on a personal computer. Iowa was also the first to introduce Touch Play, electronic instant pulltab vending machines, which were in use from 2003 to 2006.
Lottery proceeds originally were earmarked for the Iowa Plan, a longterm economic development program. In 1991, they were designated for environmental and cultural programs, but just one year later, proceeds were directed to the state’s General Fund, where they can be used as needed.
Today, the Iowa Lottery also helps support the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund and Vision Iowa, a program implemented in 2000 to create tourism destinations in the state, assist with community attractions and build and repair schools.
The Veterans Trust Fund receives the profits from four dedicated games each year – two scratch games and two pulltab games. The Fund was created to provide assistance to qualified veterans to help pay for expenses such as job training or college tuition assistance; some dental, vision and hearing assistance; and individual or family counseling programs.
Vision Iowa is primarily funded by revenues from casino gaming in the state. Up to $20 million of lottery revenues annually may be used to supplement the program’s revenues if necessary – $15 million for community attractions in Iowa and another $5 million for programs that build and repair schools.



News Archive for CY2018
March 16, 2018 Class Action Suit Seeks Money for Lottery Players Who Allegedly Had No Chance at Winning
March 2, 2018 Iowa Lottery is Finalist for International Gaming-Compliance Award for Work in Investigation


News Archive for CY2017
September 28, 2017 New Lottery Machines Provide More Purchase Options
September 26, 2017 Iowa Lottery Apologizes For Error in Releasing Sensitive Information for Some Winners From 2011
September 26, 2017 LOTTO UPDATES: Mega Millions® Changing; New Game with Throwback Name Debuting
August 23, 2017 Computer Find Proved Key to Unravelling Iowa Lottery Fraud
August 23, 2017 Iowa Lottery Officials Respond To Sentencing Of Former Employee, Eddie Tipton, Tuesday
August 4, 2017 Hot Lotto Lottery Game to End in October After 15 Years
July 20, 2017 FY 2017: Annual Sales, Proceeds & Prizes Finish in Iowa Lottery’s Top 4
June 27, 2017 Iowa Lottery Officials Pledge to Tighten Security to Stop Cheaters
June 28, 2017 Iowa Lottery Expects to End Year Ahead of Revenue Projection
April 20, 2017 Iowa Senate Votes Unanimously To Confirm Terry Rich As Lottery CEO
April 13, 2017 Iowa Lottery Sets New Monthly Sales Record For Instant-Scratch Games
March 27, 2017 Fantasy Sports Betting In Iowa Moves to the Next Round
January 24, 2017 More Than $1.2 Million in Lotto Prizes Expired in Iowa without Being Claimed in 2016
January 7, 2017 Trials for Brothers Charged in Lottery Fixing Case Delayed


News Archive for CY2016
December 27, 2016 Iowa Lottery Sales Reached Record High in 2016, Report Says
October 19, 2016 Lottery Ticket Fraudulent Case Update
October 13, 2016 Judge Rules Winner's Lawsuit in Lottery-Fixing Case Can Continue
September 20, 2016 Iowa Lottery Awards American Games A New Contract For Pull-Tab Vending Machines
August 25, 2016 Attorney’s Records Sought in Subpoena Related to Lottery Investigation
August 24, 2016 Iowa Prosecutor Seeks to Subpoena Texas Attorneys in Lottery Fraud Case
August 12, 2016 Judge to Decide if Lawsuit over Hot Lotto Winnings Can Proceed
July 27, 2016 Court Reverses Part of Iowa Lottery Fraud Conviction
July 26, 2016 Iowa Lottery Has Record-Busting Year
July 25, 2016 Szrek2Solutions’ Trusted Draw™ and Trusted Audit™ Systems Deployed by the Iowa Lottery
July 11, 2016 Iowa's Gambling Industry Posts $21.6 Million Gain in Fiscal 2016
July 8, 2016 Data Show Per-Capita Lottery Spending Varies by County
June 29, 2016 Iowa Lottery Nears Several Records for the Fiscal Year
June 20, 2016 Iowa Lottery Introduces New Look
June 13, 2016 Iowa Lottery Recognized For Industry Best Practices in Its Gaming-System Testing
April 4, 2016 Iowa Lottery Hopes to Upgrade Vending Machines by End of September
April 2, 2016 Iowa Governor Signs Lottery Bill
March 22, 2016 Iowa Fantasy Sports Legislation Advances
March 15, 2016 Senate Votes for Player Activated Touch Screen Lottery Terminals, Bill Now Heads to Governor
March 12, 2016 Senate Debating Bill That Would Enable the Lottery to Replace Outdated Scratch-Ticket and Pull-Tab Machines
February 22, 2016 Iowa House Votes to Make Buying Lottery Tickets Easier
February 16, 2016 Record Sales & Transfer: Iowa Lottery Declares January A 'Bin Buster'
February 3, 2016 First Lawsuit in Multi-State Games Scandal Seeks Millions


News Archive for CY2015
December 10, 2015 Recent Study Shows Iowa Casinos Have Some of the Tightest Slot Machines in the Country
November 4, 2015 Scientific Games' Systems Technology Will Continue to Power the Iowa Lottery
October 1, 2015 Iowa Lottery Joining the ‘Lucky for Life’ Game
September 30, 2015 Iowa Lottery’s Use of New Technology Impacted by Legislation
September 9, 2015 Lottery Official Sentenced to Ten Years for Violation of the Public's Trust
August 31, 2015 Prosecution Calls for 10 Year Prison Sentence in Hot Lotto Draw Case.
August 31, 2015 New National Campaign Puts Focus On 'The Five White Balls and The Powerball
July 31, 2015 FY 2015: Annual Sales, Proceeds, Prizes In Lottery's Top 4, Headquarters Purchase & Move Completed
July 20, 2015 Lottery Issues Statement Following Verdict In Hot Lotto® Trial
July 17, 2015 Jury Deliberates Over Verdict on Hot Lotto Case
July 7, 2015 Powerball® Redesign Coming In October With Better Overall Odds Of Winning, 10X Feature When Starting Jackpots Are Lower
June 23, 2015 Iowa Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Launch of Eco Scratch™ Instant Ticket-the First In North America!
May 6, 2015 Iowa Lottery Releases New Scratch Ticket to Celebrate Anniversary
May 5, 2015 Celebration of the Iowa Lottery
April 14, 2015 Lottery Issues Statement Following Continuation In Hot Lotto® Trial
April 5, 2015 Iowa Lottery Sales are Strong

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