Calendar year 2009 saw Iowa Lottery winners from across the state, including the winners of sizeable amounts in every county.
Jarrold Marble of Cherokee was the latest big instant/scratch game winner in Cherokee County during calendar year 2009, winning $30,000 in the Crossword game with a ticket purchased at Hy-Vee #1068 in Cherokee.
Jared Leonard of Cherokee,was the county's latest and biggest lotto winner during the same period, winning $10,000 in the Powerball game with a ticket purchased at A to Z Liquor Smoke Shoppe in Cherokee.
Players in Iowa have up to 365 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto. Players have up to 90 days from the date of the drawing to claim prizes in Iowa's $100,000 Cash Game and the Iowa Lottery's Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. If the expiration date falls on a weekend or holiday when the lottery's offices are closed, the winner has until the close of business on the next business day to turn in the ticket.
Prizes in instant-scratch and pull-tab games must be claimed within 90 days of the end of the game. Scratch-game prizes can be claimed at any Iowa Lottery retailer where the games are sold, while prizes in pull-tab games must be claimed at the location where the tickets were purchased.
Prize money left unclaimed after redemption deadlines is invested in future prize pools. Players may visit an Iowa Lottery retailer or go to one of the lottery's offices in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.
Winning lotto numbers may be checked by visiting the lottery Web site at www.ialottery.com or calling the winning numbers hotline at (515) 323-4633. They may also be checked by visiting a lottery retail outlet or calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: How many U.S. states have lotteries now?
A: There are just seven U.S. states that don't have lotteries: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. All other states, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have lotteries.
The first modern-day lottery in the United States got its start back in 1964 when the New Hampshire Lottery sold its first tickets. The country's newest lottery is the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, which just got its start in October 2009.
You may already know this, but the Iowa Lottery sold its first tickets on Aug. 22, 1985, and marked the occasion with a kick-off celebration at the Iowa State Fair.