FAQs

Proceeds FAQs

How are lottery proceeds in Iowa used?

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.8 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Can nonprofit organizations here in Iowa apply for funding from the lottery?

Iowa law mandates that all lottery proceeds go to state causes, so it is not possible for the lottery to provide funding to individual requests.

Doesn't the lottery help education?

That seems to be something a lot of people have talked about through the years, but in fact, lottery proceeds have never gone directly to education in Iowa. When the Iowa Lottery started in 1985, its proceeds went to an economic development program called the Iowa Plan. Then for a time, lottery profits went to environmental and cultural causes. A portion of lottery proceeds have also been dedicated through the years to the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program. Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.