Strong Iowa lottery sales are slipping: The culprit? You guessed it, COVID-19
After eight months of Iowa Lottery ticket sales topping budgeted projections, those sales are starting to arc downward.
One of the reasons: 95 of the retail outlets selling lottery tickets are shuttered under Gov. Kim Reynolds' COVID-19 orders, Iowa Lottery officials said Wednesday.
Through the first three quarters of fiscal 2020, lottery sales were running 1.8 percent ahead of last year's record pace. However, sales of lottery products in March were about $2 million short of the budgeted ...
Apr 21, 2020, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack wins $150,000 lottery prize
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is $150,000 richer after claiming a Powerball lottery prize Monday.
Vilsack won the money playing Powerball in January, when the jackpot climbed to about $347 million before the drawing Jan. 22.
I forgot about the ticket, Vilsack said in a news release from the Iowa Lottery. Then I woke up 10 days later, on a Saturday morning, and I said, 'Oh, geez, I wonder how I did?'
Vilsack served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. He served as the U.S. secretary o ...
Feb 11, 2020, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL paid $1.5 million to settle lawsuit over rigged jackpot
A national lottery group agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by an Iowa man who claimed that a $9 million jackpot he won in 2011 would have been bigger if the previous one hadn't been fixed by an insider.
An email released Friday shows that the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) informed its directors on Oct. 9 that it had agreed to pay Larry Dawson $1.5 million as a full and final settlement of his claims.
The association had refused to release details of the settleme ...
Dec 9, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL settles lawsuit with man who won Hot Lotto jackpot marred by rigging
A national lottery group rocked by an insider's jackpot-rigging conspiracy has settled a lawsuit brought by an Iowa grandfather who said a $9 million prize he won in 2011 should have been far larger.
The Multi-State Lottery Association and Larry Dawson informed a judge of the settlement this month, canceling a trial that had been scheduled to begin next week in Des Moines.
Dawson's lawyer, Nicholas Mauro, said that the terms of the deal are confidential but that his client is relieved that ...
Nov 26, 2019, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Lawyers drop request for author's lottery scandal book notes
Lawyers reversed course on Tuesday and dropped a subpoena in which they had ordered an Iowa journalist to turn over notes related to his book about a lottery industry insider who rigged jackpots in several states.
The withdrawal of the subpoena for journalist Perry Beeman's notes came hours after The Associated Press reported that it had been issued and sought materials that were likely protected by Iowa's reporter privilege law.
Beeman co-wrote a recent book, The $80 billion Gamble, with ...
Aug 28, 2019, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Journalist faces subpoena in lawsuit over lottery scandal
An Iowa journalist who wrote a book about the lottery insider who rigged jackpots in several states has been subpoenaed to turn over notes related to his reporting.
Perry Beeman received the subpoena last week from lawyers for Larry Dawson, an Iowa jackpot winner who contends that the rigging reduced his prize by millions of dollars.
Beeman co-wrote the recent book The $80 billion Gamble with former Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. It tells the story of how now-imprisoned lottery security cont ...
Aug 28, 2019, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery losers could get paid after lottery scam lawsuit settles for $4.3 million
A class-action lawsuit to benefit potentially millions of owners of losing tickets linked to the largest lottery scam in U.S. history has been settled for $4.3 million, according to a statement sent by an attorney in the case.
The settlement will refund the cost of tickets purchased in nine specific drawings dates for games sold in 33 states, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., between Nov. 23, 2005 and May 23, 2013. A settlement website will be set up to assist people who s ...
Jul 22, 2019, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Group of Iowa aerospace coworkers win unclaimed $1M lottery prize
One lottery ticket buyer's loss is the gain of group of Cedar Rapids workers.
The Iowa Lottery announced Wednesday that a group of 34 workers at Collins Aerospace, which designs and makes aircraft components, won the $1 million top prize in a lottery promotion to give away an unclaimed Powerball prize.
Laurie Ginder of Anamosa, who entered the contest on behalf of her coworkers, said she couldn't believe it when she found out they'd won.
At first, they (her co-workers) didn't believe i ...
Jun 20, 2019, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner can seek bigger prize at trial, judge rules
Lucky Larry may have a shot to win millions more this time from a jury.
A judge has ordered a trial in a lawsuit filed by Iowa lottery winner Larry Dawson, who contends a $9 million jackpot that he won in 2011 should have been nearly three times as big.
Dawson filed his lawsuit in 2016 after an investigation revealed that lottery contractor Eddie Tipton rigged the previous $16.5 million jackpot, bought the winning ticket himself and unsuccessfully worked with associates to claim it.
May 17, 2019, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
New giveaway formed after $1 million Iowa Lottery prize goes unclaimed
The Iowa Lottery released a plan for a new giveaway, funded by the money from an unclaimed prize in Nevada.
A $1 million prize was won in the Powerball drawing on April 11, 2018 at a Casey's store in Nevada, Iowa Lottery CEO Matt Strawn said.
This is the first time in Iowa Lottery history that a $1 million prize has not been claimed.
Strawn said the money had to go into a new giveaway to follow state code. And then, the policy makers, of course, with the proceeds generated by the Iowa ...
Apr 16, 2019, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum