Games

Claiming Prizes

Where to Claim a Prize

Iowa Lottery prizes up to $600 in lotto and instant-scratch games may be redeemed at any lottery retailer location in the state if sufficient funds are available. Pull-tab prizes of up to $600, however, must be redeemed at the same location where the ticket was purchased.

Prizes of more than $600 may be claimed either by mail (see below) or by visiting an Iowa Lottery office. However, please note that all prizes of more than $250,000 must be claimed at the Iowa Lottery headquarters office in Des Moines. And, Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto jackpot prizes along with some special merchandise or vehicle prizes must be claimed in person at the headquarters office.

How to Claim a Prize by Mail

Lottery prizes (except those noted above, which must be claimed in person) may be claimed by mail. On the back of your ticket, complete the name and address information and sign the signature line. A parent or guardian must also sign the ticket for any claimant who is a minor.

For prizes of $100 or more, a completed copy of our Winner Claim Form and Federal Form W-9 are required.

For prizes of more than $600, those two documents are required along with a legible, valid copy of the winner's government-issued photo identification. (Acceptable examples include: driver's license, state I.D. card, military I.D. card, passport, or permanent resident card.)

Mail the ticket with your completed Winner Claim Form, Form W-9 and copy of photo I.D. (if applicable) to the official mailing address at:

    Iowa Lottery
    2323 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50312-5307

Group Play

Prizes can be paid to players who play as a group. A check can be written to an entity such as a trust or to a single individual. If an individual claims the prize on behalf of a group, they must indicate this on the Winner Claim Form. In addition, they must submit a Federal Form 5754, listing all the winners of the prize with their address and tax identification information, when claiming the prize. This ensures that the prize and tax withheld is correctly allocated to each group member. The lottery suggests that the back of the ticket should not be signed until the group has determined how the ticket will be submitted on the winner claim form.

Check out these reminders to keep your group play fun and hassle free.

Deadlines To Claim Prizes

Scratch and Pull-tab prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the official game end date of the specific game. See our Scratch Games Ending and Pull-tab Games Ending pages for more information.

Iowa's Pick 3 and Pick 4 prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the drawing for which they were eligible.

Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and All or Nothing prizes must be claimed within 365 days of the drawing for which they were eligible.

See our Unclaimed Lotto Prizes page for lotto game prizes of $10,000 and greater that are currently unclaimed.

Ticket Accuracy

Players are responsible for checking the accuracy of their ticket before leaving the store and for determining if the ticket is a winner. If you believe you have won and the terminal rejects or the retailer disputes the validity of your prize claim, you may submit your claim directly to the Iowa Lottery for review. All risks of redeeming the ticket remain with the player.



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