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
Powerball winner-turned lawmaker opposes anonymity for lottery prizewinners
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A Powerball jackpot winner from Bondurant, Iowa, who was elected to the state legislature says he would oppose efforts to let lottery winners stay anonymous.
At least nine states allow major lottery jackpot winners to stay anonymous, and some other states allow a form of anonymity by claiming prizes through a private legal entity. Earlier this year, Virginia became the latest state to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but only if their prize is greater than $1 ...
Apr 11, 2019, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery prepared to take sports bets if lawmakers approve
On Wednesday the Iowa legislature began what will likely be a long conversation over legalizing sports gambling in Iowa.
A legislative subcommittee considered four separate bills on Wednesday that would legalize betting on professional and collegiate sports. A 2018 US Supreme Court ruling lifted the federal moratorium on the activity.
Delaware was the first state to take advantage of the ruling and begin taking bets on sports. Their system allows sports gambling at casinos as well as at lo ...
Feb 7, 2019, 12:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket purchased in central Iowa puts man's dream car within reach
An East Moline man stopped in a central Iowa convenience store last month to grab a coffee, snack and what ended up being a pretty lucky piece of paper, the Iowa Lottery announced Monday.
Danny Lovett, 60, bought a $1 million winning lottery ticket at a Kum Go in Colfax while on his truck route from Davenport to Des Moines, the lottery said in a statement.
You count and you count and you look and it's like, 'There's no way!' Lovett said in a news release Monday. Then you wake people up ou ...
Feb 5, 2019, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery lawsuit granted class action, affecting 7.2 million tickets in 19 states
By Jason Clayworth
A judge has granted class-action status in a lawsuit that claims people who purchased at least 7.2 million lottery tickets in 19 states were scammed by a former national lottery IT director who worked in Iowa.
Eddie Tipton, the former IT director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Urbandale, added a secret code to random number-generating computer software in 2005 that allowed him to narrow the drawing's winning odds from as great as 5 million to 1 down to 200 to ...
Jan 28, 2019, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery player wins $1 but is treated like millionaire
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Tyler Heep was not a big winner, but he still wanted the big check.
The metro man says he cashed in some change from his car last week and used it to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets. When he scratched off a $1 winner he decided to cash it in just like the jackpot winners do, so he headed to Iowa Lottery headquarters.
When he asked for a big check for his 'big' prize, he was surprised when the Lottery agreed to it.
They decided to treat me like a million do ...
Jan 18, 2019, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Investigation finds lottery scamming Tipton brothers have repaid virtually nothing
By Jason Clayworth and Rachel Denny Clow
Two brothers who spearheaded the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history have repaid less than $1,400 in restitution despite owning property worth nearly $2 million, a Des Moines Register and Corpus Christi Caller Times investigation has found.
Between them, Eddie and Tommy Tipton have admitted rigging winning drawings in at least five states, including Iowa, worth a combined $24 million.
But they have barely made a dent in the more than $2.4 millio ...
Dec 27, 2018, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery seeks to allow use of electronic cash and games
The Iowa Lottery will ask state lawmakers in January to allow them to modernize their operations making it easier for customers to purchase and play lottery products electronically.
Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer says they've been talking about the issue for ten years or more. Things have now reached such a tipping point that we at the lottery truly believe it is our fiduciary responsibility to tell the public and lawmakers that with the ongoing trends in retail that we are seeing, ...
Dec 13, 2018, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO worries about jackpot fatigue
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says due to recent jackpot runs for Powerball and Mega Millions, Iowa Lottery sales and profits are running about a month ahead of projections.
We're still, per capita, are in the middle in the number of dollars spent per person, Rich says. You go to the east coast, it's probably three or four times per person what they spend on lottery and gaming than what we do in Iowa.
A recent $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won by a player in South Carolina. A woma ...
Nov 26, 2018, 7:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery winner donates $500K to veterans' group
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A Powerball winner in Iowa this week donated $500,000 of her prize to a group supporting disabled veterans.
Lerynne West, who was part of a group sharing an-almost $700 million jackpot, announced the donation on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.
West said she was donating the money to the Travis Mills Foundation, a group based in Hallowell, Maine, and that three of her brothers served in the military and that her father was a Vietnam War veteran.
It's very im ...
Nov 16, 2018, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum