State started conducting its own Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawings Wednesday
Starting this week, it won't be share and share alike for Iowa Lottery players anymore.
Beginning Wednesday, April 16, Iowa Lottery players finally got their own Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery numbers. Iowa has been sharing Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers with Illinois since the games were introduced, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
The time of the drawings also changed slightly, as did the deadline by which players must purchase tickets for the drawings.
In a news release, Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said that the shared system has led to some player questions as each state's games have changed over time.
"We've heard from players wondering why we share drawing results but have separate options in each state. We think it makes sense to begin holding separate drawings to help avoid player confusion."
There were also changes in drawing times. Previously, Pick 3 and Pick 4 both had drawings twice daily in Iowa, with a midday drawing at 12:40 p.m. and an evening drawing at 9:22 p.m.
Starting April 16, the midday drawings for each game were moved to 12:50 p.m., with the sales cut-off time for the drawing at noon. The evening drawing in both Iowa games is now at 8:50 p.m., with the sales cut-off time for the drawing at 8 p.m.
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