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Virginia Lottery
E-mail Address:
Phone: (804) 692-7777
Fax: (804) 692-7102
Population: 7,882,590
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Paula I. Otto
Year Lottery Founded: 1988
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$973.0 million
Sales Per Capita: $182.57
Number of Employees: 254
Retailers: 4,928
On-line Vendor: GTECH
June 13, 2006 October 27, 2014
Instant Ticket Vendor: Pollard Banknote (July 14)
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, Win For Life,Cash 5, Pick 4, Pick 3, Instant Games.
Beneficiaries: Public Education K-12
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth of Virginia

Background Information


Virginia voters gave a thumbs up to a state lottery in November 1987, approving the measure by a 57-43 margin. The Virginia Lottery began ticket sales on September 20, 1988, with the instant game Match 3. In just 36 days, sales reached $100 million. On December 28, the Lottery paid back its $25 million start-up loan, nine months earlier than required.
When it debuted its computerized gaming system in 1989, Virginia was one of only two states in the country to operate its own system (Massachusetts was the other). Pick 3 was launched in May 1989, followed by Lotto in January 1990 and Pick 4 in September 1991. The Virginia Lottery was one of the founding members of The Big Game when it debuted in 1996.
Today, the Lottery offers the draw games Mega Millions, Powerball, Win for Life, Decades of Dollars, Cash 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Also available are Fast Play instant games played through the retail terminals.
The Virginia Lottery was the first to implement instant ticket vending machines in June 1991. It was also an early adopter of a subscription program, first by mail in 1992. In August 2005 it added the ability for residents to purchase subscriptions via the Internet, becoming the first American lottery to do so. In 2001, Virginia began a regional relationship with other Southern lotteries, launching Lotto South with Georgia and Kentucky.
Lottery proceeds were originally dedicated to capital construction projects in Virginia; then from 1989 to 1998 revenues were transferred to the state’s General Fund. In 1999, a state budget amendment sent lottery proceeds to local public school divisions to be used solely for educational purposes. In 2000, voters overwhelmingly supported the creation of the State Lottery Proceeds Fund. The measure, now a permanent part of Virginia’s Constitution, directs all Lottery profits be used solely for educational purposes.


News 2014
October 20, 2014 Virginia Lottery Profits Do Go to Education
Sept 11, 2014 Virginia Lottery launching new $1M Game
August 18, 2014 A Record-Smashing Year for the Virginia Lottery!
July 28, 2014 POLLARD BANKNOTE Named Primary Scratcher Ticket Supplier for the Virginia Lottery
May 25, 2014 Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto Recognized for Excellence
May 25, 2014 Lottery Looks to New Office Space
February 25, 2014 Win for Life to be played exclusively in Virginia beginning with Feb. 26 drawing

News 2013
September 20, 2013 Virginia Lottery Celebrates its 25th Birthday
September 5, 2013 Virginia Lottery Celebrates 25th Birthday
September 6, 2013 Virginia Lottery’s David Sharp Recognized for Contribution to Sales
July 22, 2013 The Mega Millions Game is about to Get Bigger!
May 6, 2013 Virginia Lottery Supporting Education for Decades
May 2, 2013 Virginia Lottery Continues to Recognize Great Educators
April 29, 2013 Lottomatica Group Subsidiary GTECH CORPORATION Signs Three-Year Contract Extension With The Virginia Lottery

News 2012
October 25, 2012 Virginia Lottery Unveils Regulations Designed To Be More Consumer- and Retailer-Friendly
September 18, 2012 Virginia Lottery Unveils New “We’re Game” Website
August 16, 2012 Virginia Lottery Has Best Year Ever, with More Than $487 Million Generated for K-12 Public Schools
June 7, 2012 The Virginia Lottery Wins With Foresee
May 24, 2012 Hampton Teacher Receives Super Teacher Award Sponsored by the Virginia Lottery
March 28, 2012 Is Virginia Lottery Money For Education Being Diverted To State Programs?
March 8, 2012 Lottery Alerts Players about Text Message Error
January 24, 2012) Fans Of Virginia Lottery Fast Play Games To Benefit From A Lottery Glitch - Players Could Win $25 Gift Cards In "Fast Play February
December 29, 2011 Virginia Lottery and Wawa Team Up For Winning Combination - Virginia Becomes Second State in Which Wawa Customers Can Play Lottery

News 2011
December 12, 2011 Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Returns By Popular Demand
November 1, 2011 Virginia Lottery Launches Multichannel Mobile Strategy with Hipcricket
October 25, 2011 At Virginia Lottery, Social Media is the Name of the Game - Lottery Becomes First to Introduce Facebook-Tied Scratcher Game
Sept 22, 2011 Virginia Lottery Daily Drawings Now Stream Live On Facebook
September 2, 2011 Redskins and Virginia Lottery Kick Off ‘Hail-To-The-Redskins’ $5 Scratcher Ticket
August 23, 2011 Virginia Lottery Announce Record Sales For Fiscal Year 2011
August 2, 2011 Elliott Sadler and the Virginia Lottery are Taking Two Lucky Facebook Fans to Martinsville Speedway
June 7, 2011 New Information Now Available on Thanks to Players’ Requests
May 18, 2011 Virginia Lottery on Pace for Record Sales
May 14, 2011 GTECH Partners with the Virginia Lottery to Bring a New Computer Lab to the Boys and Girls Club of Danville
April 10, 2011 Lottery Receives Recognition Award
March 29, 2011 Pick 4 Players Break the Bank with the Combination 9-9-9-9; Players Win $6 Million in One Drawing
February 18, 2011 Virginia Lottery and VOPA Partner to Make Lottery Products More Accessible to Virginians with Disabilities
February 2, 2011 Proposal for County to Tax Lottery Tickets
January 25, 2011 Delegate Asks House Appropriations Subcommittee to Audit State Lottery

News 2010
Dec 30, 2010 Virginia Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Made Three Millionaires
Dec 5, 2010 Lotto Sales Set Records in Virginia and Maryland
Nov 29, 2010 Lawmaker to Propose Independent Audit of Lottery in 2011 Session
Nov 10, 2010 Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle Returns By Popular Demand
Nov 8, 2010 Governor Reappoints Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery
Nov 2, 2010 Lottery Office in Abingdon Offers Hunting, Fishing Licenses and Other Services
October 29, 2010 Virginia Lottery’s “Good Luck Virginia!”
Oct 5, 2010 Virginia Lottery and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Team Up For a “Wild” Scratcher Game
Oct 4, 2010 The Virginia Lottery is Playing a New Tune
Sept 30, 2010 Farm Fresh® and Virginia Lottery Launch Unique Scratch Ticket
Sept 18, 2010 Governor McDonnell Accepts Check From Virginia Lottery on Field at Redskins Game!
Sept 3, 2010 Virginia Lottery Officials Clear Recent Million Dollar Lottery Award
Sept 1, 2010 Renew Vehicle Registration, Driver's License, and Would You Like a Lottery Ticket with That Sir?
August 19, 2010 Virginia Lottery Profits for FY 2010 Meet Forecast of $430 Million
July 20, 2010 Redskins Scratcher Ticket Returns
June 30, 2010 Player Wins a New Corvette® Convertible from the Virginia Lottery
June 25, 2010 Redskins Scratch-Ticket Program Set to be Re-launched with New Game Plan and New Marketing Pitch
May 30, 2010 Pick 3 Players Win Big In Sunday’s Drawing

Triple-3 Pays Off Big For Virginia Lottery Players
RICHMOND, Virginia (May 20, 2010) - Virginia Lottery Pick 3 players won big in the May 18, 2010, night drawing, when the triple combination 3-3-3 was drawn. Every player who wagered $1.00 on 3-3-3 won $500..............Subscribers

Fab 4s Are Drawn In Virginia Lottery Pick 3 Game
RICHMOND, Virginia (May 10, 2010) - When the combination “4-4-4” was drawn in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 3 game, players won more than $1.2 million. The triples were drawn in the May 9 Pick 3 night drawing.................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Report Growing Sales This Fiscal Year, But Net Income Falls
WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2010) - Virginia Lottery officials report growing sales this fiscal year, especially in jackpot games as players flock to the newly introduced multistate Powerball game ...............Subscribers

PCATS Request Retailer Feedback on Lottery Data
By taking the survey, retailers can help PCATS enhance the collection of lottery data
STAFFORD, Virginia (May 4, 2010) – The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is asking retailers to complete a short survey to gain a better understanding of the time retailers spend on the lottery reconciliation process, which lottery boards are providing electronic files to retailers, the types of files being received by retailers and more.................Subscribers

Unique Scratch Game Offers Players Tax Free Prize
Player Receive Whole “Win” Amount
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 21, 2010) - An Army National Guard Officer was the latest winner of a unique Virginia Lottery scratch Card game, receiving the entire prize of $100,000.00. Tax Free $100,000 is a unique game from the Virginia Lottery.......................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Players “Break The Bank” With 7-7-7
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 20, 2010) - Virginia Lottery Pick 3 players won big in the April 19, 2010, night drawing, when the triple combination 7-7-7 was drawn. Every player who wagered $1.00 on 7-7-7 won $500....................Subscribers

Richmond-Based Ad Agency Lands Virginia Lottery Account
RICHMOND, Virginia (March 24, 2010) - The Big River advertising firm has been named the agency of record for the Virginia Lottery's $24 million per year marketing account.................Subscribers

Nines Are Fine in Saturday’s Virginia Lottery Pick 3 Drawing
RICHMOND, Virginia (March 22, 2010) - Virginia Lottery Pick 3 players won big in the March 20, 2010, day drawing, when the triple combination 9-9-9 was drawn.....................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Moves to Internet Drawings For Savings
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 17, 2010) -- The Virginia Lottery has scrapped its daily televised drawings in favor of the Internet, in a move to cut costs and recognize a shift in the way customers check their lottery numbers.......................Subscribers

Casino-Style Entertainment Venues Compete For the Gambling Dollar
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 13, 2010) - It was reported today that casino-style entertainment venues, pared down to fit inside a storefront or office location, have gained a following in Southwest Virginia, less than one year after they first appeared......................Subscribers

Progress Moving Slowly in Lottery Access Talks
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 13, 2010) - More than eight months after the state's highest court ordered the Virginia Lottery to ensure that its games are accessible to the disabled, the lead plaintiff in the case says he is frustrated nothing substantive has been done........................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery to Honor Outstanding Educators With Super Teacher Awards
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 10, 2010) - Nominations Now Being Sought ! There are teachers - and then there are "Super Teachers." The Virginia Lottery and the Virginia PTA are planning to honor local teachers who meet that distinction. The third annual Virginia Lottery Super Teacher awards will help shine a spotlight on a valuable Virginia resource.....................Subscribers

Pick 3 Players “Break The Bank” as Triple Sixes Hit in Monday’s Drawing
RICHMOND, Virginia (January 5, 2010) - Some people say that good things come in “3’s.” That was certainly the case for Virginia Lottery Pick 3 players in the January 4, 2010, night drawing, when the triple combination 6-6-6 was drawn. Every player who wagered $1.00 on 6-6-6 won $500...............Subscribers

Virginia Lottery To Streamline Costs By No Longer Televising Daily Draw Show
RICHMOND, Virginia (January 5, 2010) - The Virginia Lottery is transitioning its daily draw show and twice-a-week Win-For-Life drawings from television to the Internet. The cost-saving measure will be complete Monday, January 11, 2010, so the last daily numbers and Win For Life drawings will air Saturday, January 9.......................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

The Virginia Lottery Expects Sellout For Raffle
RICHMOND, Virginia (December 28, 2009) - The Virginia Lottery is projecting a sellout for this year's slimmed-down New Year's Millionaire Raffle.....................Subscribers

Snow Storm Closes Lottery Office
Lottery`s Northern Virginia Office Closed Monday - Farmville and Harrisonburg Offices Delay Opening
RICHMOND, Virginia (December 21, 2009) - The Virginia Lottery Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge advised that they were required to close all day Monday...................Subscribers

Lottery Executive believes the Agency Needs to Embrace New Technology if it Wants to Grow Revenue in the Future
Says Internet Gaming, Video Terminals Should Be Considered
RICHMOND, Virginia (December 16, 2009) – According to local media source Virginia Lottery CEO Paula Otto believes the Lottery needs to embrace new technology such as Internet gaming and video lottery terminals if it wants to grow revenue in the future....................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Planning Another Raffle
RICHMOND, Virginia (November 8, 2009) - The Virginia Lottery is holding its third New Year's Millionaire Raffle..................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Recognized With Three Prestigious Industry Awards
RICHMOND, Virginia (October 23, 2009) -- A public service announcement aimed at encouraging responsible play, a television commercial promoting the Fast Play Dodge Ball game and a promotion for the Lottery’s partnership with Bass Pro Shops – all have been honored by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). The awards were presented to the Virginia Lottery at NASPL’s 2009 Conference in Oklahoma City....................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery launches Gift Card Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 19, 2009) - The Virginia Lottery will launch a gift card pilot program next month to expand its retailer distribution network..................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Presents Ceremonial Check For Education During Redskins Game
RICHMOND, Virginia (September 25, 2009) - -Washington Redskins fans recently received a first-hand look at the Virginia Lottery’s commitment to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth and how that commitment has benefited Virginia.....................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Exceeds Projections For FY2009, Contributing More Than $439 Million For K-12 Public Education
RICHMOND, Virginia (September 18, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery today announced it exceeded its projections by raising more than $439 million in profits for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY2009). By law, all of that profit goes to Virginia’s K-12 public schools......................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Nets $439M In FY09, Beats Projections
RICHMOND, Virginia (September 17, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery turned a profit of more than $439 million for the state's K-12 public schools...................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery's Redskins Game Sales Top $4M
RICHMOND, Virginia (August 11, 2009) -- Virginia Lottery players have Redskins Mania. Lottery officials said Tuesday according to the ‘Daily Press’ that sales of the new scratch ticket game have topped $4 million since tickets became available Aug. 3.......................Subscribers

New Redskins Lottery Scratch-off Ticket
Get In The Game” With The Virginia Lottery`s Redskins Mania Scratcher
RICHMOND, Virginia (August 3, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery and the Washington Redskins today launched the much-anticipated $50,000,000 Redskins Mania scratch ticket...............Subscribers

Winners of “Virginia’s Lucky Dog” Contest Will Be Featured in Virginia Lottery Scratcher Game
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 30, 2009) - What has 80 legs, 20 adorable faces and the makings of a great Scratcher game? The Virginia’s Lucky Dog II game.....................Subscribers

4’s Are Fabulous in Virginia Lottery’s Pick 3 Game
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 18, 2009) - When the combination “4-4-4” was drawn in the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 3 game, players won more than $1.6 million. The triples were drawn in the June 18 Pick 3 day drawing.......................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Wins National Communications Award
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 11, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery announced today that, along with its partners, the Virginia Parent Teachers Association (PTA), The Supply Room Companies and Qorvis Communications, has been named a 2009 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Award of Excellence winner for its 2008........................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery and Washington Redskins Reveal “Redskins Mania” Scratch Ticket
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia (June 8, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery and the Washington Redskins today revealed the details of the much-anticipated $50,000,000 Redskins Mania scratch ticket that will go on sale August 3 to coincide with the 2009 football season........................Subscribers

Virginia Supreme Court Rules in Lottery Case
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 4, 2009) – The justices of the Virginia Supreme Court are reported to have yesterday held that Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret P. Spencer erred when she ruled the Virginia State Lottery does not offer a program or service covered by national and state disabilities acts.......................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Introduces Two New Fast-Play Games
RICHMOND, Virginia (June 1, 2009) - Looking for new lottery excitement to kick off the summer? The Virginia Lottery has just the answer. Two new games kicked off on May 31: Fast Play Find the 9’s and Fast Play Bonus Bingo........................Subscribers

Redskins and Virginia Lottery to Launch Team-Specific Game
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia (May 22, 2009) -- The Washington Redskins and the Virginia Lottery have reached agreement on a unique team-themed scratch-off ticket to be launched in concert with the 2009 professional football season, the two organizations announced today....................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Gives Boost to Pick 3 Game
RICHMOND, Virginia (May 7, 2009) - The Virginia Lottery's Pick 3 game is getting a Boost.....................Subscribers

Smithfield Jack Russell Terrier Graces Virginia Lottery's 'Lucky Dog' Scratch Game
SMITHFIELD, Virginia (May 5, 2009) -- You could say Gracie is one lucky dog. Gracie is one of the initial picks of the litter to have her photo featured in the Virginia Lottery's "Lucky Dog" game. Nine other dogs also appear in the first run of the $2 scratch-off ticket game.................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Named PRSA Silver Anvil Finalist
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 19, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery announced today that it, along with the Virginia Parent Teachers Association (PTA), The Supply Room Companies and Qorvis Communications, has been named a 2009 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil finalist for its 2008 “Super Teacher” awards program......................Subscribers

Appeal Motion Denied in Professor's Virginia Lottery Lawsuit
ROANOKE, Virginia (April 22, 2009) -- A university professor's lawsuit against the Virginia Lottery won't include other ticket purchasers...................Subscribers

Lottery Access Case Ruling Delayed
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 17, 2009) – An anticipated ruling on an effort to require all Virginia Lottery retail outlets to be handicapped-accessible will not be issued until June or later by the Supreme Court of Virginia..............Subscribers

New Virginia Lottery Game Will Feature Players’ Pooches
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 14, 2009) -- A new Virginia Lottery Scratcher game gives players a chance to unleash their marvelous mutts’ star potential. The Virginia’s Lucky Dog game not only gives players a chance to get their paws on prizes......................Subscribers

Virginia Lottery Named PRSA Silver Anvil Finalist
Super Teacher Program Among Two From Virginia Nominated For Prestigious Award
RICHMOND, Virginia (April 13, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery announced today that it, along with the Virginia Parent Teachers Association (PTA), The Supply Room Companies and Qorvis Communications, has been named a 2009 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil finalist for its 2008 "Super Teacher" awards program...........................Subscribers

The Virginia Lottery Is Going To The Dogs, So To Speak
RICHMOND, Virginia (March 26, 2009) -- The Virginia Lottery's latest marketing campaign includes television spots featuring three charmed canines. Among them is Duke, a massive Blue Merle Great Dane whose good fortune is...................Subscribers

Qorvis, SmithGifford Win Four ADDY Awards for Virginia Lottery Advertising
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2009) -- Qorvis Communications, one of the largest independent, integrated communications firms in the U.S., and its creative partner SmithGifford, today announced they won four 2009 Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington ADDYs for television advertising created and produced for the Virginia Lottery.............Subscribers

Virginia Supreme Court to Hear Access Lawsuit Filed Against State Lottery
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 23, 2009) -- Four handicapped Virginians who believe they have as much right to win or lose in the Virginia Lottery as anyone else are bringing their case to the Virginia Supreme Court.....................Subscribers

Lawmaker Introduces Budget Amendments to Prohibit High Priced Celebrities Being Paid to Promote the State Lottery
RICHMOND, Virginia (February 7, 2009) -- A Virginia lawmaker has introduced budget amendments that would prohibit the state lottery from promoting games with popular television shows and celebrities. The Lawmaker also introduced a budget amendment that would slash the lottery's advertising budget in half................Subscribers


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