The option to gamble online in the U.S. is still not available to most states but is in the process of dramatic changes since last year’s Justice Department ruling which opened the doors for the possibility of legal online gambling. As a result most U.S. states offer state lotteries which are designed to generate revenues for the state and at the same time dish out prizes to lotto players.

The state of Iowa is a good example of how a good lottery works. Since its inception in 1985 they have earned more than $1.3 billion in state revenues and have given away a staggering $2.9 billion in prizes to its players.

These state revenues are essential for Iowa and contribute to social causes that include building new schools and supporting veterans just to mention a few. One of the most popular ways to generate interest in the lottery is to combine traditional lottery with that of scratch cards.

The scratch card continues to remain one of the most popular forms of betting as they are so readily available whether at your corner outlet or from your mobile phone with scratch card apps.

The latest lotto scratch card winner Brandon Clark comes from Davenport, Iowa and won over $30,000 when he decided to stop at a Tobacco Outlet Plus store with his pregnant wife to purchase a couple of “Crossword” scratch tickets.

The lucky 28 year old winner said he intends save the money and use some of it to plan for upcoming birth of his son. The “Crossword” scratch tickets have an interesting playing format. They only cost $3 and in order to win players have to scratch off at least three complete words in order to win, Should the player uncover 10 words they win $30,000, Added to the fun is the fact that every 1 in 3,82 scratch off tickets is a winner!

Another added winning feature of these “Crossword” scratch ticket sis the ability to convert non-winning scratch tickets online in the “Points For Prizes” feature. Here players register their tickets on a website and can later order merchandise from a website with their points accumulated. Items that can be ordered include jewelry, sporting goods and even tools.

The lottery seems to remain a favorite for millions worldwide and with the advent of online lottery services, this traditional game has never been so easy to play.