While the numbers may not look as impressive as those posted last year, Strawn said he was proud of the Lottery team’s accomplishments in a year that started with challenges to the national lotto draw games and is ending with a public health emergency.
Last fiscal year’s record sales of $390.9 million were fueled in part by major jackpots in both Powerball and Mega Millions.
The Mega Millions jackpot grew to $1.54 billion until a winning ticket was bought Oct. 23, 2018, in South Carolina.
Powerball saw a jackpot run up to $768.4 million, before it was claimed in Wisconsin on March 27, 2019.
Overall, the Iowa Lottery generated a record $92.8 million in proceeds for the state and $241.9 million in prizes. Sales commissions to Lottery retailers totaled $25.4 million, also a record.
Last year was an “extraordinary year,” Chairwoman Mary Junge of Cedar Rapids said. “But I think we really should be happy with the results.”
The board also elected new leadership for fiscal 2021. Sherrae Hanson of Ankeny, a tax manager, and John Quinn of Urbandale, the Waukee police chief, will serve as chair and vice chair.
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