Below are answers to frequently asked questions about signing your ticket.
Yes. The Iowa Lottery recommends signing tickets in ink, but any writing instrument is fine.
Yes. Players may use a signature stamp that replicates their signature. A stamp simply bearing their name is not acceptable.
No. A mailing label is not a signature.
Yes. When players use their real name, it ensures they are the rightful owner of the ticket.
Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.
No. Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.
Yes. Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.
Yes. Signatures are required before a clerk can check/cash a ticket. When a player signs the ticket, it ensures he/she is the rightful owner of the ticket and is entitled to any prize won on the ticket.
Yes. If a player doesn't want to keep the tickets, it is his/her responsibility to throw them away.
Yes. Players must sign the bottom of the back of the ticket.
Yes. All tickets need to be signed. By signing the ticket, players ensure they are the rightful owner of the ticket.
No. The players must designate one person to sign the ticket on behalf of the group. (The Lottery encourages the designated player to sign his/her name along with the group's name. For example, Jane Smith on behalf of The Lucky 13.)
No. All tickets must be signed before a retailer will check/cash a ticket.
No. In Iowa, a player must be 21 or older to purchase lottery tickets, however a parent or guardian must also sign the ticket for any claimant who is younger than 18.
Whenever a ticket is checked or cashed at a lottery terminal in Iowa, a receipt is automatically generated. If the ticket is a winner, the amount won is displayed on the receipt. If the ticket is a nonwinner, the receipt states "Not a Winner." In addition, the receipt may bear other messages reflecting that the ticket has previously been paid or that the draw has not yet occurred.