Player Security

Sign Your Ticket FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about signing your ticket.

May players use a pencil to sign their ticket?

Yes. The Iowa Lottery recommends signing tickets in ink, but any writing instrument is fine.

May players use a signature stamp to sign their ticket?

Yes. Players may use a signature stamp that replicates their signature. A stamp simply bearing their name is not acceptable.

May players use a mailing label/postage sticker to sign their ticket?

No. A mailing label is not a signature.

Do players have to use their real name?

Yes. When players use their real name, it ensures they are the rightful owner of the ticket.

Does a player's name have to be legible?

Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.

May players use their initials only to sign the ticket?

No. Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.

May players use their first initial and full last name to sign the ticket?

Yes. Players should sign the back of the ticket in the same way they would sign a check or any other legal document.

Do ALL tickets presented to the clerk to be checked/cashed have to be signed?

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.

Will the clerk give non-winning tickets back to the player?

Yes. If a player doesn't want to keep the tickets, it is his/her responsibility to throw them away.

The pull-tab doesn't have a signature line. Do players still have to sign it?

Yes. Players must sign the bottom of the back of the ticket.

If players mail their tickets to the lottery to be checked/cashed, do they have to be signed?

Yes. All tickets need to be signed. By signing the ticket, players ensure they are the rightful owner of the ticket.

If a group of players purchase tickets together, do all the members have to sign the tickets?

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.).

Will a retailer check/cash a ticket if a player refuses to sign it?

No. All tickets must be signed before a retailer will check/cash a ticket.

Does the person signing the ticket have to be 21 or older?

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 a minor.

Will players get any type of notification when a ticket is checked or cashed?

Beginning in May 2008, players will receive a receipt indicating the outcome of their ticket. If the ticket is a winner, the amount won will be displayed. If the ticket is a non-winner, it will say "Not a Winner." In addition, the receipt may bear other messages reflecting the ticket has previously been paid or the draw has not yet occurred.