Unless a judge issues some sort of order in response to a lawsuit filed by TouchPlay manufacturers, the Iowa Lottery’s TouchPlay machines are to be shut down by 11:59 Wednesday night.
If you’re holding a winning TouchPlay tickets, time’s ticking for you, too. If you have a TouchPlay ticket that’s worth $600 or less, you’ve got to claim that prize by Thursday, May 4th at the business where the machine you played and won that ticket from is located.
TouchPlay prizes worth more than $600 are to be claimed at a regional Iowa Lottery office by August 29th. There are five — in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Mason City and Storm Lake. Here is a list of the office addresses: 2323 Grand Avenue in Des Moines; 2345 Blairs Ferry Road NE in Cedar Rapids; 2900 Fourth St. SW in Mason City; 822 Flindt Drive in Storm Lake; Omni Centre Business Park, 300 West Broadway, Suite 300 in Council Bluffs.
According to a Lottery statement, the four manufacturers of TouchPlay machines have figured out how to deactivate the machines using electronic commands. Those commands may take some time to work through the system, however, so you may see some TouchPlay machines shutting down in the next few days before that May 4th cut-off.