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Premium Football Packages Up For Grabs In Lottery's 'Tail Gator' Promotion

Lottery Players Can Use Nonwinning Tix To Enter Promo
Through Nov. 4

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Lottery is offering sports fans a chance to go in style to an Iowa, Iowa State or Northern Iowa football game this fall.

The lottery debuted the $1 "Tail Gator" instant-scratch game on Monday and along with it, a new promotion by the same name. Iowa Lottery VIP Club members can enter nonwinning tickets in the Tail Gator game for a chance to win one of nine ultimate fan packages to college football games Nov. 23 in Iowa. Three fan packages will be available to each of these games that day: Kansas-Iowa St. in Ames; Michigan-Iowa in Iowa City; and W. Illinois-N. Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Each package is valued at more than $500 and includes four premium seats at the game, a parking pass, pregame hospitality, food, team merchandise, spending cash and more.

"Iowans love college football," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "Our Tail Gator winners will have fun supporting their favorite team and socializing with friends at the game. And we're pleased to highlight our state's great universities through this project."

Tickets in the Tail Gator game feature artwork of a colorful alligator all decked out in football gear, playing on the gridiron. Players have the chance to win cash prizes of up to $2,000 on each ticket. And if they don't win an instant prize, they can use nonwinning tickets as entries in the Tail Gator promotion on the lottery website at When they enter, players will choose whether they'd like to win a Tail Gator Football Fan Experience at Iowa State University, The University of Iowa or The University of Northern Iowa.

The promotion's entry period runs through noon on Nov. 4. To enter, Iowa Lottery players must join or already be members of the lottery's free VIP Club. On the Tail Gator promotion page on the lottery's website, players will be asked to key in the entry code and ticket number from a nonwinning Tail Gator ticket.

The promotion drawings will be held Nov. 6 and winners' information will be posted on the lottery's website. Winners also will receive an email from the lottery at the address included in their VIP Club profile.

A few requirements to keep in mind:

  • You can only enter the promotion on the lottery's website. Hand-delivered tickets or entries that are mailed in will not be accepted.
  • You can use each ticket only once as an eligible entry.

And, while you can enter multiple times, you can win only one prize package in the promotion.

The Iowa Lottery has had a players club since January 1994 and the program has been updated several times to keep things fresh. The latest revamp came this spring, with the club's current focus on tickets as entries in prize drawings.