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UPCOMING MEETINGS





Notice is hereby given pursuant to Idaho Code 67-7442, that the Idaho Lottery Commission will hold a meeting on Thursday September 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM (MT) in Boise, Idaho.

This Notice of Public Meeting and Agenda are being provided as required by Idaho Code Section 74-204.

Notice of Board Meeting - 11/15/18




Rulemaking

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING - PROPOSED RULE

IDAPA 52 – IDAHO STATE LOTTERY COMMISSION
52.01.03 – RULES GOVERNING OPERATIONS OF THE IDAHO STATE LOTTERY
DOCKET NO. 52-0103-1801

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING - PROPOSED RULE

AUTHORITY:

In compliance with Section 67-5221(1), Idaho Code, notice is hereby given that this agency has initiated proposed rulemaking procedures. The action is authorized pursuant to Section 67-7408, Idaho Code.



PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE:

Public hearing(s) concerning this rulemaking will be scheduled if requested in writing by twenty-five (25) persons, a political subdivision, or an agency, not later than August 15, 2018.

The hearing site(s) will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for accommodation must be made not later than five (5) days prior to the hearing, to the agency address below.



DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY:

The following is a nontechnical explanation of the substance and purpose of the proposed rulemaking:

The Idaho Lottery is required to move to an automated balancing functionality between the Lottery, Intralot (its gaming system contractor) and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and is moving to production that will allow for draw games to be balanced without human intervention. This is mission critical and will fundamentally allow the Lottery to no longer have to employ Draw Managers to audit and balance draws. After this system is functional, the current tasks that draw managers perform will be automatically completed through the MUSL Automated Reporting System (MARS). Other benefits include eliminating human error and reducing labor costs. Because of these improvements in balancing data, our IDAPA Rules as written will be obsolete to industry practice and standard in requiring a “Draw Manager”. This rulemaking will conform Lottery administrative rules to meet the upcoming technical requirements and drawing procedure for draw games going forward.

Revisions are being made to IDAPA 52.01.03.204.07 to eliminate the “Drawing Manager” role from the online game drawing procedure because it will be obsolete to industry practice and standard, going forward.



FEE SUMMARY:

The following is a specific description of the fee or charge imposed or increased:

N/A



FISCAL IMPACT:

The following is a specific description, if applicable, of any negative fiscal impact on the state general fund greater than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) during the fiscal year resulting from this rulemaking:

N/A



NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING:

Pursuant to Section 67-5220(2), Idaho Code, negotiated rulemaking was not conducted because the rulemaking is simple in nature. The rulemaking is required by the Multi-State Lottery Association which governs and oversees drawings for draw games such as PowerBall™. There will no longer be a “draw manager” under procedures for conducting drawings for draw games in order to conform to industry practice and standard. There is nothing to negotiate.



INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE:

Pursuant to Section 67-5229(2)(a), Idaho Code, the following is a brief synopsis of why the materials cited are being incorporated by reference into this rule:

N/A



ASSISTANCE ON TECHNICAL QUESTIONS, SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:

For assistance on technical questions concerning the proposed rule, contact Jeff Anderson, Executive Director, at 208-334-2600.



Anyone may submit written comments regarding this proposed rulemaking. All written comments must be directed to the undersigned and must be delivered on or before August 22, 2018.

DATED this 6th day of July 2018.

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Executive Director
Idaho State Lottery
1199 Shoreline Ln., Ste. 100
P. O. Box 6537
Boise, ID 83707-6537
Phone: 208-334-2600

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TITLE 01
CHAPTER 03
52.01.03 – RULES GOVERNING OPERATIONS OF THE IDAHO STATE LOTTERY



IDAPA 52





204. ON-LINE COMPUTER GAMES (RULE 204).

  1. On-Line Games—Authorized—Director’s Authority. The Commission hereby authorizes the Director to select and operate on-line games which meet the criteria set forth in these rules. (3-26-08)


  2. Definitions. As used in Rule 204 these terms have the following definitions: (3-26-08)

    • a. “Drawing.” The procedure determined by the Director by which the Lottery selects the winning combination in accordance with the rules of the game. Drawings are open to the public. (4-4-13)

    • b. “On-line Game.” (4-4-13)

      • i. A Lottery game in which a player selects a combination of numbers or symbols, the type of game and amount of play, and the drawing date by use of a computer. In return for paying the appropriate fee, the player receives a computer-generated ticket with the player’s selection printed on it. Each ticket bearer whose valid ticket includes a winning combination will be entitled to a prize if claim is submitted within the specified time period. (3-26-08)

      • ii. On-line terminal (OLT) instant ticket game having characteristics as defined in Paragraphs 202.02.a., 202.02.b., 202.02.d. and 202.02.i. of these rules. (4-4-13)



    • c. “On-line Retailer.” A person or business authorized by the Lottery to sell on-line tickets. (3-26-08)


    • d. “On-line Terminal (OLT).” The computer hardware by which an on-line retailer or player enters the combination selected by the player and by which on-line tickets are generated and claims are validated. (3-26-08)


    • e. “On-line Ticket.” A computer-generated ticket issued by an on-line terminal to a player as a receipt for the combination a player has selected. That ticket is the only acceptable evidence of the combination of numbers or symbols selected. (3-26-08)


    • f. “Ticket Bearer.” The person who has signed the on-line ticket or who has possession of an unsigned ticket. (3-26-08)


    • g. “Validation.” The process of determining whether an on-line ticket presented for payment is a winning ticket. (3-26-08)


    • h. “Winning Combination.” One (1) or more numbers or symbols randomly selected by the State Lottery or its designee in a public drawing. (3-26-08)





  3. Distribution of Tickets. (3-26-08)


    • a. Tickets will be sold by retailers selected by the Director. (3-26-08)

    • b. The Director is authorized to arrange for the distribution of OLTs, player-activated terminals (PATs), ticket stock, and supplies to certificated retailers. (3-26-08)





  4. Sale of Tickets. (3-26-08)


    • a. No person other than a retailer under a contract for the sale of tickets with the Lottery may sell on-line Lottery tickets, except that nothing in this section will be construed to prevent a person who may lawfully purchase tickets from making a gift of Lottery tickets to another. (3-26-08)

    • b. Tickets may not be sold at a location other than the address listed on the retailer’s contract with the Lottery. (3-26-08)

    • c. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Director from designating certain of its agents and employees to sell Lottery tickets directly to the public. (3-26-08)





  5. On-Line Games Criteria. (3-26-08)


    • a. The base price of an on-line ticket will not be less than fifty cents ($.50), except to the extent of discounts authorized by the Commission. (3-26-08)

    • b. The price for a ticket in any particular on-line game will be set out in the game rules adopted by the Commission for that game. No person may sell a ticket at a price other than that established in accordance with these rules. On the average, the total of all prizes available to be won in an on-line game shall not be less than forty-five percent (45%) of the on-line game’s projected revenue. (3-26-08)

    • c. The manner and frequency of drawings may vary with the type of on-line game as defined in Subparagraph 204.02.b.i. of these rules. (4-4-13)

    • d. The times, locations, and drawing procedures will be determined by the Director. (3-26-08)

    • e. OLT instant ticket game as defined in Subparagraph 204.02.b.ii. of these rules will operate with a finite number of tickets per game and a predetermined and guaranteed prize structure approved by the Director. (4-4-13)

    • f. A ticket bearer entitled to a prize must submit the winning ticket as specified by the Director. The winning ticket must be validated by the Lottery or an on-line retailer through use of the validation number and any other means specified by the Director. (3-26-08)





  6. Payment of Prizes. (3-26-08)


    • a. To claim an on-line game prize of less than six hundred dollars ($600) the claimant may present the winning on-line ticket to any on-line retailer, or to the Boise Lottery office: (3-26-08)

      • i. If the claim is presented to an on-line retailer, the on-line retailer must validate the claim and, if determined to be a winning ticket, pay the amount due the claimant. If the on-line retailer cannot validate the claim, the claimant may obtain and complete a claim form and submit it with the disputed ticket to the Lottery by mail or in person. Upon determination that the ticket is a winning ticket, the Lottery will present or mail a check to the claimant in payment of the amount due. If the ticket is determined to be a non-winning ticket, the claim will be denied and the claimant will be promptly notified. Non-winning tickets will not be returned to the claimant. (3-26-08)

      • ii. If the claim is presented to the Boise Lottery office, the claimant may be required to complete a claim form and submit it with the winning ticket, either by mail or in person. Upon determination that the ticket is a winning ticket, the Lottery will present or mail a check to the claimant in payment of the amount due, less any withholding required by the Internal Revenue Code. If the ticket is determined to be a non-winning ticket, the claim will be denied and the claimant will be promptly notified. Non-winning tickets will not be returned to the claimant. (3-26-08)



    • b. To claim an on-line prize of six hundred dollars ($600) or more, the claimant must obtain and complete a claim form and submit it with the winning ticket to the Boise Lottery office by mail or in person. Prizes of six hundred dollars ($600) or more can be paid only from the Boise Lottery office. Upon determination that the ticket is a winning ticket, the Lottery will present or mail a check to the claimant in payment of the amount due, less any withholding required by the Internal Revenue Code. The amount due will be calculated according to the rules adopted for the particular on-line game. If the ticket is determined to be a non-winning ticket, the claim will be denied and the claimant will be promptly notified. Non-winning tickets will not be returned to the claimant. (3-26-08)


    • c. All prizes must be claimed within one hundred eighty (180) days from the drawing in which the prize was won. If the final day of the one hundred eighty (180) day period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a state holiday, the claim period will be extended to the end of the next business day. Any prize not claimed within the specified period will be forfeited and placed into the State Lottery account. (3-26-08)





  7. Drawings and End of Sales Prior to Drawings. (3-26-08)


    • a. Drawings will be conducted in a location and at days and times designated by the Director. (3-26-08)

    • b. For each type of on-line game, the Director will establish a time before the drawing for the end of sales. (3-26-08)

    • c. The Director will designate a Drawing Manager who will oversee each drawing. The Drawing Manager must attest that the drawing was conducted in accordance with proper drawing procedures at the end of each drawing. (3-26-08)

    • d. The Director will designate the type of equipment to be used and will establish procedures to randomly select the winning combination for each type of on-line game. Drawing procedures will include provisions for the substitution of backup drawing equipment if the primary drawing equipment malfunctions or fails for any reason. (3-26-08)

    • e.d. The equipment used to determine the winning combination will not be electronically or otherwise connected to the central computer or to any tapes, discs, files, etc., generated or produced by the central computer. The drawing results, including sales, number of winners and numbers drawn, are will be audited and reviewed after each drawing to assure proper operation and lack of tampering or fraud. Drawings will not be held until all pre-inspection checks are completed. No prizes will be paid until after all post-inspection checks have been completed. (4-4-13)( )

    • f.e. All drawings may be broadcast live on television, provided the facilities for such broadcasts are available and operational and can be done at a reasonable cost. (5-8-09)

    • g.f. The Director will establish procedures governing the conduct of drawings for each type of on-line game. The procedures must include provisions for deviations that include but are not limited to: (3-26-08)

      • i. Malfunction of the drawing equipment before determination of the winning combination; (3-26-08)

      • ii. Fouled drawing; (3-26-08)

      • iii. Delayed drawing; and (3-26-08)

      • iv. Other equipment, facility or personnel difficulties. (3-26-08)



    • h.g. If a deviation occurs, the drawing will be completed under the supervision of the Lottery or its designee. The winning combination will be provided to the television network for dissemination to the public. (5-8-09)(______)


    • i.h. If, during any live-broadcasted drawing for a game, a mechanical failure or operator error causes an interruption in the selection of all numbers or symbols, a “foul” will be called by the Drawing Manager Lottery security or the Lottery’s designee. Any number drawn before a “foul” is called will stand and be deemed official after passing inspection and certification by the Drawing Manager Lottery security or the Lottery’s designee. (3-26-08)(______)


    • j.i. The Director must delay payment of all prizes if any evidence exists or there are grounds for suspicion that tampering or fraud has occurred. Payment will be made after an investigation is completed and the drawing approved by the Drawing Manager Lottery security or the Lottery’s designee. If the drawing is not approved, it will be void and another drawing will be conducted to determine the actual winner. (3-26-08)(______)





  8. Validation Requirements. (3-26-08)


    • a. To be a valid winning on-line ticket, all of the following conditions must be met: (3-26-08)

      • i. All printing on the ticket must be present in its entirety, be legible, and correspond, using the computer validation file, to the combination and the date printed on the ticket. (3-26-08)

      • ii. The ticket must be intact. (3-26-08)

      • iii. The ticket must not be mutilated, altered, or tampered with in any manner. (3-26-08)

      • iv. The ticket cannot be counterfeit or an exact duplicate of another winning ticket. (3-26-08)

      • v. The ticket must have been issued by an authorized on-line retailer or dispensed by a player-activated terminal in an authorized manner. (3-26-08)

      • vi. The ticket must not have been stolen or cancelled. (3-26-08)

      • vii. The ticket must not have been previously paid. (3-26-08)

      • viii. The ticket must pass all other confidential security checks of the Lottery. (3-26-08)

      • ix. If the prize is for six hundred dollars ($600) or more, the ticket must be signed. (3-26-08)



    • b. A ticket failing any of the validation requirements listed in Paragraph 204.08.a. of this rule is invalid and ineligible for a prize. The final decision on whether a prize is paid will be made by the Director. (3-26-08)


    • c. If there is a dispute between the Director and a claimant whether a ticket is a winning ticket, and if the Director determines that the ticket is not valid and a prize is not paid, the Director may replace the disputed ticket with a ticket of equivalent sales price for a future drawing of the same type of game. This will be the sole and exclusive remedy of the claimant. (3-26-08)


    • d. If a defective on-line ticket is purchased, the only responsibility or liability of the Lottery or of the on-line retailer is the replacement of the defective on-line ticket with another on-line ticket of equivalent value for a future drawing of the same type of game. (3-26-08)





  9. Retailer Duties. Retailers with an on-line terminal (OLT) must perform the following duties: (3-26-08)


    • a. Pay costs associated with providing a telephone line or internet or similar connection that must be located as specified by the Lottery. Payment of the telephone line or internet or similar connection is nonrefundable after installation, except if the Lottery denies, through no fault of retailer, the installation of the on-line terminal. (5-8-09)

    • b. Pay the Lottery for the local monthly telephone or internet or similar charges per OLT as specified by the Lottery. The Lottery will pay for the mileage charges (if any) between the retailer’s location and the Lottery’s central site. (3-26-08)

    • c. Hold funds generated from the sale of on-line tickets in trust for the Lottery. At a time specified by the Lottery, the retailer must pay these funds to the Lottery plus the monthly communications charge specified above in Paragraph 204.09.b. of this rule, less: (3-26-08)

      • i. Prizes paid; (3-26-08)

      • ii. Any credit; and (3-26-08)

      • iii. The retailer discount. (3-26-08)



    • d. Locate the OLT within the retailer’s premises at a point-of-sale location approved by the Lottery. The retailer is prohibited from moving an OLT unless the retailer follows the procedures established by the Director, including reimbursing the State Lottery for any telephone or internet or similar charges associated with the change of OLT location if the retailer requested the change. (3-26-08)


    • e. Provide dedicated AC power to within approximately five (5) feet of the terminal. Dedicated AC power means that there is no other equipment on the line that is to be used for the on-line terminal. The retailer is responsible for all costs associated with providing dedicated AC power. The Lottery will provide a schematic of outlet requirements to the retailer’s electrical contractor. (3-26-08)


    • f. Sell all Lottery games, including but not limited to instant game tickets offered by the Lottery. The retailer agrees to continue the sale of instant tickets from all cash registers or other points of purchase. (3-26-08)


    • g. Conduct the sale of on-line tickets during all hours and days that the retailer’s business is open and the on-line system is functioning. The retailer must post the hours that redemption of winning tickets may take place if these hours are different from the retailer’s normal business hours. The retailer must monitor ticket supply levels and give timely notice when any item is in short supply. (3-26-08)


    • h. Post winning numbers prominently where tickets are sold as soon as possible following the drawing. (3-26-08)


    • i. Provide secure storage for OLT supplies and a secure area for the OLT. (3-26-08)


    • j. Exercise due diligence in the operation of the OLT and immediately notify the Lottery and the central computer facility of any telephone line, internet, radio, or OLT malfunction, such as the issuance of invalid on-line Lottery ticket, inability to sell or redeem an on-line ticket, and non-issuance of an on-line ticket. The retailer is prohibited from performing mechanical or electrical maintenance on the OLT. (3-26-08)


    • k. Replace ribbons and on-line or instant ticket stock and clear paper jams as required for the OLT per the instructions provided by the Lottery. (3-26-08)


    • l. Pay, without reimbursement, all electricity charges in connection with the operation of OLT. (3-26-08)





  10. Payment of Prizes by On-Line Retailers. (3-26-08)


    • a. An on-line retailer must pay to the ticket bearer on-line games prizes of less than six hundred dollars ($600) for any validated claims presented to that on-line retailer. These prizes must be paid during all normal business hours of the on-line retailer, unless redemption hours differ from normal business hours that have been posted pursuant to Paragraph 204.09.g. of this rule, provided, that the on-line system is operational and claims can be validated. (3-26-08)

    • b. An on-line retailer may pay prizes in cash or by business check, certified check, money order, or any combination thereof. An on-line retailer that pays a prize with a check that is dishonored may be subject to suspension or termination of its contract. (3-26-08)







  11. Retailer Settlement. (3-26-08)


    • a. The Director may require on-line retailers to establish an account for deposit of monies derived from on-line games with a financial institution that has the capability of electronic funds transfer (EFT). (3-26-08)

    • b. The amount deposited must be sufficient to cover monies due the Lottery. The Lottery will withdraw by EFT the amount due the Lottery on the day specified by the Director. If the day specified for withdrawal falls on a state holiday, withdrawal may be delayed until the next business day. (3-26-08)





  12. Prize Rights Unassignable. No right of any person to a prize drawn shall be assignable, except that payment of any prize drawn may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner, and that any person may be paid the prize to which the winner is entitled pursuant to an appropriate judicial order. The Director will be discharged of all liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this rule. (3-26-08)




  13. Payment of Prizes to Persons Under Eighteen Years of Age. If a person entitled to a prize for a winning ticket is under the age of eighteen (18) years, the Director may direct payment of the prize to an adult member of the minor’s family or to the minor’s guardian by a check or draft payable to the adult member of the minor’s family or to the minor’s guardian. The adult member of the minor’s family or the minor’s guardian will have the same duties and powers as a person designated as a custodian in accordance with Idaho Law. For purposes of this Subsection the terms “adult member of a minor’s family” and “guardian of a minor” have the same meaning as in the Idaho Gifts to Minors Law. The Director will be discharged of all liability upon payment of a prize to a minor pursuant to this rule. (3-26-08)




  14. Prizes Payable After Death or Disability of Owner. (3-26-08)


    • a. All prizes, and portions of prizes, that remain unpaid at the time of the prize winner’s death will be payable to the personal representative of the prize winner’s estate once satisfactory evidence of the personal representative’s appointment has been provided, and the Director is satisfied that payment to the personal representative is lawful and proper. The Director may rely on a certified copy of a court order appointing of a personal representative (or similar person responsible for the prize winner’s estate, whether denominated an administrator, executor, executrix, or other representative of the prize winner’s estate) or may petition the court to determine the proper payee. Payment to the personal representative of the estate of the deceased owner of any prize winnings will absolve the Director and the Lottery’s employees of any further liability for payment of prize winnings. (3-26-08)

    • b. The Lottery may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for a determination of the rightful payee of any prize winnings that are or may be due to a person under a disability including, but not limited to, minority, mental deficiency, physical or mental incapacity. (3-26-08)







  15. Discharge of State Lottery Upon Payment. The state of Idaho, its agents, officers, employees and representatives, the Lottery, its Director, agents, officers, employees and representatives shall be discharged of all liability upon payment of a prize or any one (1) installment thereof to the holder of any winning Lottery ticket or in accordance with the information set forth on the claim form supplied by the Director. If there is a conflict between the information on a winning Lottery ticket and the information on the claim form, the Lottery may rely on the claim form after the ticket for which it has been filed has been validated as a winning ticket and, in so doing, it will be relieved of all responsibility and liability in the payment of a prize in accordance with the information set forth therein. The Lottery’s decisions and judgments in respect to the determination of a winning ticket or of any other dispute arising from payment or awarding of prizes will be final and binding upon all participants in the Lottery unless otherwise provided by law or these rules. If a question arises concerning the winning ticket, a claim form, the payment, or the awarding of any prize, the Lottery may deposit the prize winnings into an escrow fund until it determines the controversy and reaches a decision, or it may petition a court of competent jurisdiction for instructions and a resolution of the controversy. (3-26-08)




  16. Disclosure. The Lottery may use the names, addresses, and photographs of winners in any Lottery promotional or publicity campaign. The address used will not contain the winner’s street or house number without the winner’s consent. The Lottery may condition payment of the prize upon agreement to these terms and conditions. (3-26-08)

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Each scam is unique but there are some common themes. The victims are usually elderly and, there’s almost always a sad story or a pressing reason for why the con artists need to cash their “winning” lottery ticket quickly.

An old saying still holds true, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Don’t be a victim and don’t let anyone you know be a victim. When you hear one of these stories - get away, call the police, and give them a description. Help stop these criminals - before they rob again.



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Once the ticket is bought, no money is EVER required to claim a prize.

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The Truth:



You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to claim a lottery prize.

The Scam:
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We NEVER confirm that a ticket is a winner over the phone. The person on the phone is just a part of the scam.

The Scam:
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The thieves are trying to rush you so you don’t have time to think or call a family member or friend for advice or help.

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The envelope arrives with instructions to deposit a check and wire cash to cover taxes and fees tied to big lottery winnings. The victim is out the money but is responsible for every cent spent. Banks and credit unions are actually suing the customers who deposit fraudulent checks and spend money that doesn’t exist.





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If you feel you have been a victim of fraud, you should read the information and tips put out by the Federal Trade Commission about scams. Forward the suspicious e-mail to the Federal Trade Commission’s address for unsolicited commercial e-mail at spam@uce.gov. Notify the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) of the FBI by filing a complaint on their website at: www.ic3.gov.






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  • Never redeem a Lottery ticket for someone you do not know.

  • Never give your credit card numbers over the phone to anyone promising lottery cash prizes or memberships

  • Never respond to a letter or phone call from someone who offers you a guarantee of winning a prize. The Idaho Lottery does not guarantee you a prize.

  • If you are going to participate in a “lottery pool” do so only with people you know and trust.

  • Buy Lottery tickets only from authorized Idaho Lottery retailers

  • Never purchase tickets from foreign lotteries by phone, mail or the Internet. The sale and trafficking in foreign lottery tickets is a violation of federal criminal law.

  • Never pay processing fees, insurance, or commissions to claim a lottery prize. Legitimate lotteries do not require winners to pay anything up front to receive a prize.

  • Never deposit a check mailed to you from a foreign lottery or unverified source asking for money to be wire transferred.

  • Never respond to “award notifications” or other notices regarding lotteries that you do not recall entering.

  • Never send money. There is virtually no way to get your money back.

  • Never be fooled by a phone call. Just because you’ve spoken to the scammer over the phone, it doesn’t mean they’re not trying to rip you off.


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  2. Print and fill out the CLAIM FORM AND ADDENDUM if your prize is $600 or more.
  3. Include a copy of your driver’s license or government issued photo ID.
  4. Make a photocopy of the claim form AND your winning ticket. Be sure to COPY BOTH THE FRONT AND THE BACK SIDES OF YOUR TICKET. Keep the photocopy of the completed form and ticket for your records.
  5. Include original ticket (not the photocopy) with the completed claim form.
Mail the completed form and your ticket to:

IDAHO LOTTERY

P.O. Box 8687

Boise, ID 83707

If you are sending your ticket and claim form overnight, please send to the following street address:

IDAHO LOTTERY

1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100

Boise, ID 83702

If you do not completely answer all of the information sought by the form, IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU FOR COMPLETION.

The Idaho Lottery cannot redeem any ticket(s) that have not been signed by the prize winner.

You must fill out a claim form for each eligible winning ticket of $600 or more. CLAIM FORM AND ADDENDUM.

Important Tax Information:

Those who have won thousands or millions of dollars in the Lottery know that 25 percent federal tax withholding and 6.925 percent Idaho state tax withholding is taken out of winnings. If $600 or more is won on a single wager, the Lottery is required to report those winnings to the IRS. The Lottery is not qualified to give advice on matters regarding taxation. Players are encouraged to consult a tax professional in this matter. For assistance on your taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or visit www.irs.gov.

Please Play Responsibly

The games offered by the Idaho Lottery are designed to be enjoyable entertainment for adults. They’re games of chance and they’re just that, games.

Idaho Lottery retailers sell lottery tickets for the benefit of Idaho citizens. In 2015, over $45 million in dividends were distributed to support Idaho Public Schools and the Permanent Building Fund.

The Idaho Lottery encourages all lottery players to be responsible in the amount of their play. Please spend what you can afford, don’t go overboard.

The Idaho Lottery supports the efforts of the National Council on Problem Gambling, which provides help for those who may have a gambling problem. For more information on how to get help, visit www.ncpgambling.org or call 1-800-522-4700.

Terms and Conditions

Applicability and Acceptance of Terms and Conditions of Use:

Except as otherwise set forth herein, these general terms and conditions of use (“Terms and Conditions”) govern your use of the Idaho Lottery (“Idaho Lottery”) web site. By accessing and using the Idaho Lottery’s web site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, you are requested to immediately exit this site.


 These Terms and Conditions do not govern services available from Idaho Lottery (even those services that may be ordered or provided by Idaho Lottery through this web site) to the extent that any specific terms and conditions apply to such services. Those services are instead governed by the specific agreements, policies, instructions, statements and regulations relating to such services, and such governing documents will control in the event of a conflict with these Terms and Conditions or any material contained on this web site.



Revisions to Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to these Terms and Conditions regularly. Idaho Lottery may at any time and without prior notice revise these Terms and Conditions by updating this posting. Your continued use of this site following posting of changes to these Terms and Conditions signifies that you accept these changes.



Copyright:

All content included on this site is the property of Idaho Lottery or its affiliates and is protected by copyright law. You may not produce, publish, transmit, distribute, display, modify, create derivative works from, or exploit in any way, in whole or in part, any of the contents of this site or any related software without the prior written consent of Idaho Lottery or unless authorized under these Terms and Conditions.



Trademarks:

The name “Idaho Lottery,” “Scratch Games,” “Draw Games” and all other lottery and game names, and the graphics and logos displayed on this web site are the property of or have been licensed by Idaho Lottery and may not be used without the prior written permission of Idaho Lottery. Idaho Lottery does not permit the use of its name, graphics or logos in advertising, as an endorsement for any product or service, or for any other purpose, commercial or otherwise, without Idaho Lottery’s prior written approval.



DISCLAIMER:

THIS WEB SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL INFORMATION AND SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB SITE, IS PROVIDED “AS IS.” IDAHO LOTTERY AND ITS AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER REGARDING THE CONTENTS OR SERVICES OF THIS WEB SITE, OR HYPERTEXT LINKS TO OTHER OUTSIDE WEB SITES. IDAHO LOTTERY AND ITS AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES RELATED TO ANY COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE OR TRADE PRACTICE, AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. MOREOVER, IDAHO LOTTERY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT YOUR ACCESS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS WEB SITE AND MATERIAL ACCESSIBLE FROM THIS WEB SITE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THIS WEB SITE INCLUDES INFORMATION THAT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WHILE IDAHO LOTTERY DESIRES THAT THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEB SITE BE UP-TO-DATE AND ACCURATE, IT IS YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY TO CONFIRM THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR RELIABILITY OF SUCH INFORMATION. IDAHO LOTTERY DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION REGARDING THE USE OF THE INFORMATION OR SERVICES ON THIS WEB SITE OR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF SUCH INFORMATION OR SERVICES.



Links:

Idaho Lottery may, from time to time, provide links to other outside web sites. Idaho Lottery is not responsible for such linked web sites or the content of any of the linked web sites. Idaho Lottery provides these links as an additional resource for its web site users and makes no representations regarding the content of any linked web site or any companies that own, control or manages the linked web sites. Consequently, Idaho Lottery is not responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in, programs used by, or services or products offered by, web sites linked to from this web site.



Daily E-mails:

Idaho Lottery may provide a daily email service to notify interested members of the public of winning lottery numbers (the “VIP Club Emails”). Individuals, who represent that they are at least 18 years of age, may submit a request to receive the VIP Club Emails by registering to sign up providing their name, email address and other information to Idaho Lottery on the VIP Club website at http://vip.idaholottery.com/. It is the responsibility of the individuals submitting such requests to verify the accuracy of Emails and the winning numbers. Idaho Lottery does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information in the Daily Emails and disclaims all liability that results from the use any such information. Every reasonable effort is made to ensure that the information in the Daily Emails is accurate; however, in the event of an error, the winning numbers and prize amounts in the official records of the Idaho Lottery shall be controlling.



Security of Idaho Lottery’s Web Site:

Please be advised that the security of the Internet cannot be guaranteed and therefore your privacy cannot be assured. Idaho Lottery is not responsible for any unauthorized access to communications that you submit over the Internet.



Privacy:

Idaho Lottery takes steps to preserve the privacy of personal information you submit over our website. Please review the Idaho Lottery Privacy Policy for more information about how Idaho Lottery handles personal information.



LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

IDAHO LOTTERY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE IDAHO LOTTERY WEB SITE OR INFORMATION, SERVICES OR FUNCTIONS ON SUCH SITE, EVEN IF IDAHO LOTTERY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL IDAHO LOTTERY’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THIS WEB SITE.



Indemnification:

You hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Idaho Lottery and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of this web site.



General:

These Terms and Conditions and all information on this web site are governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Idaho and of the United States of America. The venue for any matter relating to or arising from this site will be in the state or federal court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Idaho. To the extent any portion of these Terms and Conditions is determined to be unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such portion will be modified solely to the extent necessary to cause such portion to be enforceable, and these Terms and Conditions, as modified, will remain in full force and effect. This sets forth the rights and obligations of the users and the Idaho Lottery in their entirety relating to the subject matter herein and will not be modified except in writing signed by both parties.



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Privacy

Thanks for visiting the idaholottery.com website.

Our privacy policy is simple: we collect NO personal information (like names or addresses) when you visit our website. If you choose to provide that information to us, it is only used to fulfill your request for information or a service.

Privacy Policy:

This privacy policy details our commitment to safeguard your information, and the limited manner in which we will use and disclose the information you provide to us. By using our web site, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your information by us as set forth in this policy. We may from time to time change this privacy policy so please check this privacy policy regularly for any changes or updates. If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, then you may contact us at info@idaholottery.com. For additional information about the use of our web site, please review the Idaho Lottery Web Site General Terms and Conditions of Use.

Key Terms:

Throughout this privacy policy we use several specialized terms. When we use the term “Personally Identifiable Information” in this privacy policy, we mean information that is specific to you as an individual, like your name, age, email address, telephone number and facsimile number. The term “User Information” incorporates all of your Personally Identifiable Information and any other forms of information discussed in this privacy policy. We use the term “aggregate” when we combine information from various persons or users. Information said to be “anonymized” if it does not identify individual persons or entities or associate a particular person or entity with such information.

Information Collection, Use and Disclosure Practices:

When you visit our web site to browse, we may collect, use and store information such as the type of computer modem and Internet browser you are using, the number of times you visit our web site and the particular pages you view, the date and time you access our site, linking to and from our site, and the length of your visits to our site. We may share this information with third parties if we choose to aggregate and disclose site traffic information to improve the use of our site for our visitors. When visiting our web site, you may choose certain on-line options such as (i) to contact us, (ii) to send us a resume, (iii) to obtain lottery retailer locations where you may purchase our products or (iv) to receive information about our products or services (e.g., to request e-mail notification of daily winning lottery drawing results or to request information about becoming a lottery retailer). When you engage in any of the foregoing activities, you provide us certain Personally Identifiable Information. We collect and store this Personally Identifiable Information, any updates to such information that you send us, and any modifications that we make to such information. Except as set forth in this policy, we will not reveal any such Personally Identifiable Information to any other third party without your consent, except that we may share User Information with our business associates who assist us in administering our products or services. Furthermore, we may use, disclose or transfer certain User Information (a) to send you the information you request; (b) to send you newsletters and other information about our products or services; (c) to protect the confidentiality or security of your records; (d) to law enforcement or other government officials if appropriate for your protection or in connection with an investigation or prosecution of possible unlawful activity; (e) to our attorneys, accountants, or regulators; or (f) as may be required by applicable law. We may also use User Information that does not constitute Personally Identifiable Information in any manner that is not prohibited by law. In addition, we may also use and disclose any anonymized information that you send us such as your suggestions, ideas or other creative material without acknowledgement or compensation to you.

Public Disclosures:

In the State of Idaho, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by State government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records that serve various needs: the privacy of individuals is included among these exceptions in both state and federal laws.

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information collected at this site becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

In the event of a conflict between this idaholottery.com Privacy Notice and the Idaho Open Records Law, or other laws governing the disclosure of records, the Idaho Open Records Law or other applicable laws will control.

Cookies:

We may employ cookies (e.g., small text files) that our web site may send to your browser for storage on your hard drive. We may use such cookies to make use of our site easier by saving your status and preferences upon visits to our site. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, but you may be able to change the settings to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you choose to modify your settings to reject cookies, it may affect your use of our web site.

Modify or Remove Your Information:

If you use our products, services or web site, then you have voluntarily consented to our information collection, use and disclosure practices as described in this privacy policy and other written documentation provided to you regarding the products, services or web site. If you do not want us to use your information as described herein or would like to modify your information or remove your information from our databases, then please contact us at info@idaholottery.com. However, without the use of your information, we may not be able to provide you the products or services or the same quality of products or services you request. If you request removal of certain information from your account, then we will only retain copies of such information as necessary for us to comply with governmental orders, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, enforce any agreement you have entered into with us and as otherwise reasonably necessary for our business purposes.

Security:

We employ and maintain technology and security measures designed to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information on our web site, that information is subject to a variety of protections, including firewalls and encryption. However, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from us.

Third Party Web Sites:

You may have the option to enter third party web sites through our web site. Since we cannot be assured that such third party web sites follow our privacy policies, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third parties. We have no responsibility or liability for the actions or policies of these independent sites, do not endorse any product or service that may be mentioned or offered in such sites, and are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such sites.

Children’s Privacy:

We do not intend for this site to be used by children under the age of 18 for any purpose that may be prohibited by applicable federal or state laws and regulations, nor do we seek to collect information about children under the age of 18. If we become aware of a child under the age of 18 that submits Personally Identifiable Information to this site, we will delete the information as soon as we discover it and will not use it for any purpose. We encourage parents or legal guardians to talk with their children about the potential risks of providing information over the Internet.

© 2011 Idaho Lottery. All Rights Reserved. Idaho Lottery Web Site Privacy Policy.