The Iowa Lottery's started in 1985, since then players have won an astonishing $5.3 billion in prizes. The legislation that created Iowa lottery was signed into law in April 1985 and the lottery began selling lottery tickets on Aug. 22, 1985. To celebrate there was a big party at the Iowa State Fair.
Iowa’s lottery games include Iowa Powerball, Mega Millions with Megaplier, Lotto America, Pick 3 Iowa, Pick 4 Iowa, Lucky for Life, InstaPlay and scratch offs.
Currently, the Iowa Lottery has 117 employees that work at the lottery headquarters which are in Clive and in regional offices around the state of Iowa including Storm Lake, Mason City and Cedar Rapids.
In fiscal year 2021, the IA Lottery has generated a record $101.7 million in proceeds to state causes. This is the first time in history that the IA Lottery has ever accomplished this goal, which is amazing because it was during a global pandemic. The money that the state of Iowa made has helped make Iowa a better place to live, work and have a family
Many Iowan’s benefit from the lottery because it provides entertainment and prizes to lottery players while generating billions of dollars for the state programs.
The lottery funds from the proceeds have been used for projects to create new recreation areas, research, benefit veterans, support surviving family members of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters who have passed away in the line of duty, fund new products and techniques for agriculture, and help with tourism.
13001 University Ave
Clive IA 50325-8225
Here's the process for claiming Iowa Lottery prizes.
Special merchandise prizes must be claimed at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters.
In-person claims at any of the Iowa Lottery claim centers require an appointment. Contact the claim center directly to schedule your appointment.
To claim a prize by mail, complete the information requested on the back of the winning ticket, sign it, and send it to:
13001 University Avenue
Clive, IA 50325-8225
When mailing claims for prizes of $100 or more, you must also include a completed claim form and a W-9 or W-8BEN tax form. For prizes over $600, you also need to mail a copy of a government-issued photo ID along with the other items. When claiming prizes as a group, the 5754 Form will be required in addition to the Winner Claim form.
Keep a copy of all claim documents for your records.
|Up to $600||Option 1 Claim at any local retailer.|
|Option 2 Claim at any Iowa Lottery claim center.|
|Option 3 Claim by drop box at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters.|
|Option 4 Claim by mail.|
|Over $600||Option 1 Claim at any Iowa Lottery claim center.|
|Option 2 Claim by drop box at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters.|
|Option 3 Claim by mail.|
|Over $250,000||Claim in person at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters.|
Here are the taxes withheld from winnings claimed by U.S. citizens or residents within the state of Iowa.
|$600 to $5,000||State Tax||5%|
|Over $5,000||State Tax||5%|
For winners who are not U.S. citizens or residents, the Iowa Lottery withholds a greater amount for taxes.
|Over $600||State Tax||5%|
Unfortunately, in the state of Iowa, it is not possible for Iowa Lottery prizes to be claimed anonymously.
Yes, Iowa has had some big wins over the years. Check out the winners on ialottery.com
Yes, It's possible to claim a lottery prize in the state of Iowa in a trust. The state does release the members' names of groups or trusts and also the name of the legal entity involved.
Unfortunately, you cannot purchase Iowa Lottery tickets by mail, online or by phone only from licensed lottery retailers.
You must be 21 or older to purchase IA lottery tickets and claim prizes.
The Iowa Lottery withholds 5% for state tax on winnings from $600 to $5,000 and no federal tax. There is 5% state tax for winnings over $5,000 and federal tax of 24%.
If you play the following games and win Lucky for Life, Powerball, Mega Millions, or Lotto America then you have 365 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize. Pick 3 and Pick 4 winners have 90 days from the date of the draw to collect your lottery winnings.
If you lost your ticket or your ticket was stolen, the Iowa Lottery is not responsible. Once you get your tickets, sign it, and keep them in a safe place.
100% of the proceeds of the Iowa Lottery proceeds go to support state programs. That money supports veterans and law enforcement to education, parks and conservation, agriculture, and human services.
Iowa Plan: $170,318,439 from fiscal year 1986 through FY 1990
CLEAN Fund: $35,894,355 during FY 1991
Iowa Gambling Treatment Fund: $15,732,208
Lottery proceeds were dedicated to the Gambling Treatment Fund until 2009,
Special Appropriations: $13,773,572
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