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The Iowa Lottery began in 1985 with an approval rate of 60% with tickets going on sale on August 22, 1985. The first game released was the instant scratch ticket called the “Scratch, Match and Win”. To mark the occasion the state celebrated the Iowa Lottery at the State Fair that year.

The first game sold by the Iowa Lottery was an instant-scratch product called “Scratch, Match and Win” and players bought more than 6.4 million tickets during the first week of play.

Since then the Iowa Lottery has adopted various online games, scratch tickets and pull tabs which help with state programs. Today the Iowa lottery employs 117 people, and offers 2,600 locations for people to purchase tickets. They have contributed over $1 billion dollars to state projects and publicly funded programs during their last 20+ years in service. The players have profited as well, with over $2 billion dollars in prizes being disbursed among them.

The Iowa Lottery currently offers five online games including the PowerBall along with scratch and win tickets and pull tabs.

$100,000 Cash Game

The $100,000 Cash Game is a daily game available from Monday through Saturday and offers players the chance to win $100,000 from a $1 ticket. To play you will need to pick five numbers between 1 through 35 and you can play those same numbers up to 24 consecutive draws.

To win you will need to match 2, 3, or 4 numbers to be awarded one of the consolation prizes. The jackpot is won by matching all five numbers.

Hot Lotto

The Hot Lotto offers a minimum jackpot of $1,000,000 and progresses each time that drawing is not won. You can buy a ticket for this game for as little as $1 with draws held on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.

To play the Hot Lotto you will need to select five numbers from 1 to 30 and than an additional number (Hot Ball) from 1 through 19. To win the jackpot you must match all five white numbers and the Hot Ball number. When buying your ticket you can also purchase the Hot Lotto Sizzler. You will need to ask the retailer for this feature to be added and costs an additional $1 per play. What this game does is triple your prizes on a winning ticket. By adding an extra $1 you could turn a $500 win into $1500. The only prize this feature will not play with is the jackpot.

Pick 3

The Pick 3 is Iowa’s daily lottery game and is very easy to play. Simply choose three numbers from 1 to 9 and place your wager. The Pick 3 accepts wagers from $0.50, $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5 and allows you to play the same numbers for up to 14 consecutive games. Once you have chosen your numbers and bet you will also need to decide how you want to wager. Pick 3 is available twice a day from Monday through Saturday. Top prize available to be won is $3000 by playing a $5 ticket and wagering on a straight.

Select the play type:
Straight – To win match all the numbers in the same order as drawn.
Box – Match all the numbers in any order.
Straight/Box – You can match the numbers in the same order or any order.
Front Pair – Match the first two numbers in the same order as drawn
Back Pair – Match the last two numbers in the same order as drawn.

Pick 4

Pick 4 is another daily game offered to Iowa players and is played similar to the Pick 3 game. Tickets can be purchased as low as $0.50 followed by $1, $2, $3, $4, and $5 per game played. To play Pick 4 you will need to choose four numbers between 1 through 9 and then decide how you want to play them. There are five different ways to play with a top prize of $30,000 by purchasing a $5 ticket and playing the Straight. The Pick4 is available from Monday through Saturday with drawings held twice a day.

Straight – To win you must match all four numbers exactly as drawn.
Box- Match all four numbers any way.
Straight/Box – You can match your numbers either in exact order or any way
Front Pair – Match the first two numbers exactly as was drawn.
Back Pair – Match the last two numbers exactly as was drawn

Scratch Tickets

The Iowa lottery currently offers over 30 different scratch tickets with prices ranging from $1 right up to $20. Each game offers a different theme and payouts with the largest game currently in play the “$250,000 Luck of the Draw”. Simply match any of “Your Cards” to the “Draw Cards”, than scratch off the prize box to see what you have won. If you find a 5x symbol or a 10 x symbol your prizes will be multiplied by either five or ten times the amount won. This ticket offers you a 1:10 chance of winning for as little as $10 per ticket.

The Iowa Lottery offers all players a VIP program which is more than simply an e-newsletter. Every player is entitled to special benefits which include;

Coupon on your birthday for a free play
Entry in the monthly VIP Club Drawing which gives the winner $25 in lottery bucks. These lottery dollars can be used to purchase any ticket the Iowa Lottery offers.
Newsletter which is released four times a year
Special Discounts and more.

Since the Iowa Lottery passed legislature more than 60% of the money in the general fund is donated to Iowa public schools from grades Kindergarten through Grade 12 along with post-secondary education. Other programs that receive contributions from the general fund include health and human services, along with justice programs. The Iowa Lottery also provides revenue to the state for a Gambling Treatment Program and has so far contributed over $12 million dollars to this program.

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