For Hot Lotto, Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game and the Pick 3 and Pick 4 evening drawings, the cutoff time is 8:18 p.m. on the day of the drawing. For Powerball and Mega Millions the time is 8:59 p.m. on the day of the drawing. For the Pick 3 and Pick 4 midday drawings, players cannot purchase tickets for that drawing after 12:30 p.m.
All lottery games involve a high level of security controls that take time to administer. Officials must ensure that proper procedures are followed. The Iowa Lottery wants its games to be completely fair and honest. A number of measures ensure every ticket issued in a lottery game has the same chance of winning.
When a player asks for an easy pick, the lotto terminal runs a software program that randomly picks the required numbers for that particular game. The terminal then issues the play. The software does not check with any central system before issuing a play, so there's no guarantee another player won't have the same numbers. About 75 percent of all plays are easy picks and because winners follow sales, about 75 percent of winners come from easy picks.
A player must be 21 years of age or older to purchase lottery tickets in Iowa. It is legal for those under 21 to play lottery games and claim prizes, however a parent or guardian must also sign the ticket for any claimant who is a minor.
Credit cards may not be used to purchase lottery tickets. Lottery tickets can be purchased from lottery retailers with cash, debit cards and checks.
Tickets cannot be purchased on the Internet.
Casinos and horse-racing facilities in Iowa are under the oversight of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. There are multiple casinos in the state that sell lottery products.
There are no restrictions on winners. By its very definition, a lottery is a game that can be won by anyone from anywhere, provided that they have a ticket. If someone is not a U.S. citizen, they pay a higher withholding rate on their winnings. Here in Iowa, tickets in our lottery games can only be purchased at a licensed lottery retailer by those who are 21 and older.