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Whether it’s playing games, checking results or buying tickets, the official lottery app brings fun and convenience right to your fingertips. Play Scratch-Offs, Fast Play and Keno results, view Second-Chance drawings, get current jackpots and more! Plus, you can even download your tickets to a mobile device for free.

In addition to the prizes posted on this website, winning numbers are available in our store and through our customer service team. You may also request to receive a printed winning list by mail. Please note that prizes are taxable according to state and local laws.

Winning numbers are verified by the Iowa Lottery after each drawing. In the event of a discrepancy, the official drawing results shall prevail.

Lotteries are a popular form of public gambling and can be traced back to the 15th century in the Low Countries. Town records from Ghent, Bruges and other cities show that citizens held raffles to raise money for town fortifications and the poor.

The popularity of the lottery grew rapidly in the United States following American independence. Benjamin Franklin ran a lottery to raise money to help establish the Pennsylvania militia, and John Hancock and George Washington both ran ones to fund major projects. By the 18th century, lotteries were a staple of federal and state government finances.

In addition to generating revenue for state budgets, the lottery is a popular way to award large sums of money to individuals. It’s also a popular fundraising method for colleges, churches and other nonprofit organizations. But despite its many benefits, the lottery has attracted its share of critics. Lottery opponents hailed from both political parties and all walks of life, but the most vocal were devout Protestants who regarded state-sanctioned gambling as morally unconscionable.

During the legalization debate of the 1970s, pro-lottery advocates shifted their strategy. Instead of arguing that the lottery would float most of a state’s budget, they began to claim that it could cover one line item in particular, usually education but occasionally elder care or public parks. This narrower argument made it easier to sell the idea of state-sponsored gambling to voters, who didn’t have to think about supporting a new tax.

Since 2019, New York lottery winners have had the option to remain anonymous by forming a limited liability corporation (LLC). But the state legislature will consider a bill that would require lottery winners to submit their Social Security number to avoid being targeted for burglary, kidnapping and other scams. If passed, the law would apply to future lottery winners as well.

The North Dakota Lottery is dedicated to responsible gambling and encourages players to be cautious and monitor their spending habits. If you or someone you know has a problem, please call 1-800-BETS OFF for assistance.