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DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Lottery

Matt Strawn, Chief Executive Officer

Mission Statement:
The Iowa Lottery is a nonprofit authority that operates the state's lottery in an entrepreneurial and business-like manner, accountable to a public Board of Directors, the Governor, the General Assembly, and the People of the State while providing entertainment to the public and maximizing revenues for the state.

Lottery proceeds
Instant ticket sales
Online game sales
Pull-tab sales

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Highlighted Measure:

Total annual proceeds

Data Source: Iowa Lottery Authority accounting records

 

Updated 10/18/2021

GRAPH - Revenues to General Fund

Why this is important:
Each year, the Iowa Lottery raises tens of millions of dollars that enrich life in our state. Lottery proceeds have four main purposes in Iowa. They provide support for our state's veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; support through the Iowa Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund for the family members of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters who die in the line of duty; help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund; and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

Since 1992, a majority of lottery profits have been directed into the state General Fund, where they are used to pay for programs that benefit all Iowans. Some of the programs that receive money from the General Fund include education, natural resources, health and family services and public safety. The Governor and Iowa Legislature allocate money from the General Fund based on where they believe those funds are needed most.

Since July 2008, a portion of lottery proceeds has been dedicated to the Iowa Veteran's Trust Fund, where they are used to support our state's veterans and their families. The proceeds from two instant-scratch games and two pull-tab games each year are directed into the Iowa Veteran's Trust Fund. The Iowa Lottery estimates that the games will provide about $2 to $3 million in proceeds annually for the Trust Fund. The Iowa Veteran's Trust Fund provides assistance to qualified veterans to help pay for expenses such as job training or college tuition assistance; some dental, vision and hearing assistance; and individual or family counseling programs.

Since July 2019, a portion of lottery proceeds also has been dedicated to the Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund to help families of Iowa peace officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of accident or medical insurance.

Through fiscal year 2009, a portion of Iowa Lottery proceeds were dedicated to the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program. This program informs Iowans about the risks of gambling and provides help to those for whom gambling is a problem. The program now receives its funding from the state general fund.

In addition to the commitment to the general fund, lottery profits are linked to the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented in 2000 to create tourism destinations in the state, assist with community attractions, and build and repair schools. Direct funding for Vision Iowa comes from gaming revenues, but $20 million in lottery proceeds is dedicated annually as a backup during the 20-year payback period of the program's bonds.

Proceeds transferred to the general fund, the Iowa Veteran's Trust Fund and the Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund are the best overall indicator of how the Lottery is performing and are a representation of the financial support the Lottery gives to state agencies.

What we're doing about this:
Internal integrity and security is paramount to the Lottery. Background checks are conducted on all potential employees and suppliers of major procurements before they can become members of the Lottery team or do business with the Lottery. Strict licensing requirements, including background checks, ensure that only reputable retailers sell Lottery products. The Lottery's security division conducts retailer reviews and reports its finding to the Lottery's Board. The on-line gaming system integrity is tested daily by an internal control system. All drawings are monitored and verified by an independent auditor. All sales reps are required to balance their ticket inventory on a weekly basis. Periodic performance evaluations and the resulting reports are also a "must" to ensure that the Lottery's integrity remains intact. The Lottery is subject to annual financial audits by the State Auditor. A major accounting firm conducts an annual audit on the Lottery's statewide gaming system.

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Highlighted Measure:

Instant ticket sales by fiscal year.

Data Source: Iowa Lottery Authority accounting records

NOTE: The FY21 results are preliminary. Final results will be available in November. 

Updated 10/18/2021

 

GRAPH - Instant Ticket Sales


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Highlighted Measure:

Online sales by fiscal year.

Data Source: Iowa Lottery Authority accounting records

  NOTE: The FY21 results are preliminary. Final results will be available in November.

Updated 10/18/2021

GRAPH - Online Ticket Sales


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Highlighted Measure:

Pull-tab sales by fiscal year.

Data Source: Iowa Lottery Authority accounting records

  NOTE: The FY21 results are preliminary. Final results will be available in November.

Updated 10/18/2021

GRAPH - Pull-Tab Ticket Sales


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