Prize Percentage

By The Numbers

The Iowa Lottery provides a variety of information about the odds in its games and the prizes available in them. (Please click on the pages for individual games to learn more.)

The numbers will vary over time, depending upon the games offered and tickets purchased, but here is another way of analyzing the percentages: For every $1 spent, X cents is returned to the player in prizes.

In announcing the findings of its annual audit of the Iowa Lottery, the Auditor of State's Office provides an analysis of lottery prizes awarded. Here is an excerpt from the Auditor's information about the lottery for fiscal year 2015:

An analysis of prizes awarded for the year ended June 30, 2015, is as follows:

Scratch ticket prizes = 65% of instant-scratch ticket sales

Pick 3 prizes = 59% of Pick 3 sales

Pick 4 prizes = 62% of Pick 4 sales

Powerball prizes = 49% of Powerball sales

Mega Millions prizes = 48% of Mega Millions sales

Hot Lotto prizes = 48% of Hot Lotto sales

All or Nothing prizes = 59% of All or Nothing sales

Monopoly Millionaires' Club prizes = 106% of Monopoly Millionaires' Club sales

Pull-tab prizes = 63% of pull-tab sales