Iowa Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer says sales ended up in the top 4 at $325 million. “This is the fourth year in a row that lottery sales have topped the $300 million mark. This year we were led by scratch tickets,” Neubauer says.
Sales of instant-scratch tickets hit a yearly record at of nearly $212 million. The previous record for scratch sales was $202.3 million back in the 2013 fiscal year. Neubauer says they also hit their goal of sending at least $70 million in profits to the state. She says they will send $74.5 million to the state, which is ahead of the budget, and above what they sent last year.
The Iowa Lottery paid out $197 million in prizes — the second most in Iowa Lottery history. An Osage man claimed the largest prize, winning a $2 million Powerball jackpot. There were three $1 million prizes paid out. “We saw four of those bigger prizes this year. I think it was about the same number as last year — maybe a little down from two years ago — but that’s just the natural cycle of those games,” according to Neubauer.
The Iowa Lottery raised $2.2 million for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund this year and paid local businesses across the state $21 million in sales commissions.