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Lottery's Cash Stop Tour To Make Weekend Visit To Fairfield

All Things Italian Festival-1st Fridays Art Walk Receives 'Must See' Designation, Attendees Have Chance To Win Cash Prizes

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Lottery players have the chance to win cash prizes this weekend at the All Things Italian Festival-1st Fridays Art Walk in Fairfield as part of a promotion from the Iowa Tourism Office and Lottery.

The Lottery will make a "Silver Ticket Cash Stop" at the Fairfield celebration, which has been designated as one of just 25 "must-see" Iowa events by Tourism and the Lottery. During the Cash Stop, lottery players can enter nonwinning tickets in "The Silver Ticket" instant-scratch game in a contest for four cash prizes totaling $1,000.

This is the second year for a summer travel project from Tourism and the Lottery to highlight the travel opportunities in Iowa. This year's project is being called the "Silver Ticket Celebration" in honor of the lottery's 25th anniversary. And the lottery game that is the key to it all is The Silver Ticket, a $5 scratch game that celebrates 25 years of lottery entertainment in Iowa.

Those who buy a ticket in The Silver Ticket game can win instant prizes ranging from $5 up to $25,000. And if you don't win a cash prize, you can enter your ticket in a contest at a Silver Ticket Cash stop or choose from two other value-adding options:

  • "Silver Ticket Savings." Iowa Lottery players can use nonwinning tickets like a coupon for savings at Iowa events, businesses and attractions. A complete list of the special discount offers available to Silver Ticket customers is on the Tourism Office Web site at www.traveliowa.com.

  • State Fairgoers can use their nonwinning tickets as entries in Silver Ticket Cash Stop festivities during the Tourism-Lottery project's finale event, the Iowa State Fair.

"We know people are putting even more emphasis on good value now than ever before, so we decided to use the statewide promotional power of the Iowa Lottery to team with great events and offers coordinated by Iowa Tourism," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "This fits the bill perfectly by offering savings opportunities at destinations across the state and the chance to win prizes at local fairs and festivals."

Legislation authorizing a lottery in Iowa was signed into law on April 18, 1985, and the Iowa Lottery sold its first tickets during a kick-off celebration on Aug. 22, 1985.

A list of the 25 events that have been chosen as must-see Silver Ticket Cash Stop contest locations is below. During each event, the Lottery will hold a contest to give away prizes of $100, $150, $250 and $500 (a total of $1,000 at each event). Visitors to each event can enter the local contest with nonwinning tickets in The Silver Ticket game.

The Lottery's Silver Ticket Cash Stop will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday in Fairfield, with the lottery's booth on the north side of the historic town square. The lottery will announce the winners of the contest's four cash prizes at 9 p.m. Friday from the town square's gazebo.

"We're offering folks another summer to get out and explore Iowa - and save money or win cash prizes while they're doing it," said Nancy Landess, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office.

25 "Must-See" Silver Ticket Cash Stop locations
Date Festival/Event
Sat., May 15 Celebrate CB, Council Bluffs
Sun., May 16 2nd Annual PZAZZ! Great American Grill-Off, Burlington
Fri., May 28 John Wayne Birthday Celebration, Winterset
Sat., May 29 Tivoli Fest, Elk Horn
Sun., May 30 Great Okoboji Wing Ding, Arnolds Park
Thur., June 3 My Waterloo Days, Waterloo
Fri., June 4 All Things Italian Festival-1st Fridays Art Walk, Fairfield
Sat., June 5 Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City
Sat., June 12 America's River Festival, Dubuque
Sun., June 13 Hy-Vee Triathlon, West Des Moines
Fri., June 18 AMVET's June Antique Show, Walnut
Sat., June 19 Awesome Biker Nights, Sioux City
Tue., June 22 U.S. Modified Tours Series At Mineral City, Fort Dodge
Fri., June 25 33rd Annual Ottumwa Pro Balloon Race, Ottumwa
Fri., July 2 Clinton Riverboat Days, Clinton
Sat., July 3 Star Spangled Spectacular, Storm Lake
Sun., July 4 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Cedar Rapids
Fri., July 16 Party in the Park, Charles City
Sat., July 17 57th Annual Black Hawk Lake Water Carnival, Lake View
Fri., July 23 Downtown Street Fest, Davenport
Sat., July 24 Lake Fest, Clear Lake
Sat., July 30 Iowa Speedway, Newton
Sun., Aug. 1 National Balloon Classic, Indianola
Sat., Aug. 7 Estherville Sweet Corn Days, Estherville
Wed., Aug. 11 50th Goodyear Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville
   
Finale Event
Aug. 12-22 Iowa State Fair, Des Moines