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Clive, Iowa
As the lottery’s vice president of external relations, I’m a member of the senior management team at the Iowa Lottery, where I’ve worked since 1999. I’ve spent my years at the lottery learning as much as I can about all the ins and outs of the lottery industry. I’ll put that knowledge to work here so I can share the behind-the-scenes details with you!
Recent Activity
During the next couple months, you’ll see messages from us at the Iowa Lottery reminding everyone why it’s so important that we help our state by completing the 2020 Census. For the next two weeks and again for two weeks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ialottery blog
***This blog entry has been updated to include details about changes to the Mega Millions game that were announced on Friday, April 3, and to include a direct link to the web page with the claim form for free-play requests.***... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at ialottery blog
Here's a quick recap of how you can claim a prize and contact us right now. Thank you for all YOU are doing to help keep Iowa safe! Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at ialottery blog
We’ve gotten questions from folks asking coronavirus questions that weren’t directly related to the lottery, and while we may not have had the information they were seeking, we were able to direct them to the same site I’m sharing with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at ialottery blog
Changes have been announced today that will impact the Powerball® jackpot after the next time it is won. What’s behind the decision? The amount of the Powerball jackpot is driven by ticket sales, which have been lagging in the game.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at ialottery blog
One of the biggest projects we undertake here at the Iowa Lottery reached an important milestone today, and it means that the look of the Iowa Lottery will get an update next year. The lottery itself won’t change, and we’ll... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at ialottery blog
This FAQs list was updated on Monday, April 6, to include new details. We've gotten questions about the new restrictions in place here at the Iowa Lottery as we all do our best to put safety first during this public... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at ialottery blog
The Iowa Lottery is now limiting public access to its offices to email and telephone as we do our best to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. We anticipate this will continue until April 16. We took this step... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at ialottery blog
Love that this central Iowa guy is giving us all a new reason to smile at a time we REALLY need it! You may remember Tyler Heep of Urbandale from the international headlines he stirred up in January 2019. At... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at ialottery blog
This week will likely give us all the opportunity to pause and remember to be kind, even if it’s hard sometimes! By Friday, we’ll have experienced three different events that each can tend to kick up stress levels. This weekend,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at ialottery blog
A man who lives in another Midwestern state recently contacted us to ask if he could win a jackpot in Iowa even if he doesn’t live here. The short answer is yes. Keep reading for further details. It’s perfectly OK... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at ialottery blog
A northwest Iowa man stepped outside of his normal routine when it comes to buying Powerball tickets and that spur-of-the-moment decision brought him a $1 million prize. Shane Saxen of Correctionville claimed his big prize this morning at Iowa Lottery... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at ialottery blog
Leap Year luck has struck in northwest Iowa! Someone who bought a Powerball® ticket in the Woodbury County community of Correctionville won a $1 million prize in last night’s drawing. It was the only $1 million-winning ticket nationwide in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at ialottery blog
Throughout the month of March, you’ll see messages from the lottery on a variety of platforms to remind us all that it’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. We hope that by highlighting this issue, we’ll get the right information at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at ialottery blog
One of our players reached out to us to ask if the Iowa Lottery has ever given away a trip to another country or even around the world, wondering if that’s something people would like to win. It’s an interesting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at ialottery blog
A central Iowa man who won big on an Iowa Lottery scratch ticket will be on the HGTV show tonight that features winners looking for their dream home. Jon Moss of Altoona won the top prize of $300,000 playing the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at ialottery blog
Since our new Prize Zone launched yesterday, we’ve already heard from players entering their tickets for a chance to win the prizes up for grabs. But others have had questions about the Prize Zone, wanting to be sure they understand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at ialottery blog
When the front desk here at lottery headquarters called up to my department today to tell us that a big winner was in the lobby, we thought they’d gotten the name wrong. But they hadn’t! Tom Vilsack, former mayor of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at ialottery blog
As you’re out and about tomorrow, pause for a moment to look around you and just enjoy Iowa. Because tomorrow is National Iowa Day! That’s according to the National Day Calendar™, the website that tracks unusual national days and has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at ialottery blog
As we worked on our latest map of the biggest lottery prize claims in Iowa, we decided to look at the details two different ways to dig deeper into a question we often consider: Should lottery winnings be tracked by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at ialottery blog
The Powerball jackpot is back up at a level it hasn’t seen in 10 months. That’s not a typo. The game’s jackpot hasn’t climbed this high since last March. The jackpot for tonight’s drawing is at an estimated $394 million... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at ialottery blog
A player who reached out to us with questions about the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games unfortunately had a few details wrong about how the drawings work in those games, and I’m sharing the clarifications we provided here on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at ialottery blog
You’ve been asking about it, and we’re excited to share this update today: Now you can join the lottery’s VIP Club and change the password for your VIP account password from our mobile app. We all live a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at ialottery blog
If you claimed an Iowa Lottery prize of more than $600 in calendar year 2019, check your mailbox in the next couple weeks for a form you’ll need as you file your income taxes. The document is called a W-2G... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at ialottery blog
The new scratch games that hit shelves this week here in Iowa include a special series of tickets that may have already caught you eye for how much they look alike. And that’s on purpose. Through the years, we’ve occasionally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at ialottery blog