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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: Kevin Hall
Year Lottery Founded: 1988
Sales FY 2018: $2,139,819,735
Sales Per Capita: $182.57
Number of Employees: 254
Retailers: 5,316
On-line Vendor: GTECH
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 Archive for CY2021
July 30, 2021 Virginia Lottery Releases June Sports Wagering Report; Says Bettors Wagered over $1.3B Since Launch
April 23, 2021 Ignite Your Game on May 3. FIREBALL is Coming!
April 23, 2021 Virginia Lottery’s Online Players Have Claimed more than $500 Million in Prizes in the First 10 Months of Online Sales
March 1, 2021 Virginia Lottery Releases First Monthly Sports Wagering Report, Bettors Wagered more Than $58 Million in First 11 Days

News Archive for CY2020
November 9, 2020 Virginia Lottery Launches Expanded Version of New Year’s Millionaire Raffle
October 26, 2020 Virginia Lottery Introduces New Version of a Familiar Game: Cash 5 with EZ Match
October 21, 2020 Virginia Lottery Shatters Performance Targets to Achieve Most Successful iLottery Launch
August 13, 2020 Virginia Lottery Announces Third-Best Year Ever in Fiscal Year 2020
August 3, 2020 Virginia Lottery Launches Keno Game with Top Prize of $1 million The New Game Offers Frequent Drawings and a Chance to Win Big!
July 15, 2020 Virginia Lottery Releases Draft Sports Betting Regulations
July 5, 2020 Virginia Lottery Begins Selling Many of Its Most Popular Games Online
June 17, 2020 Virginia Lottery Names Deputy Director for Expanded Gaming
June 15, 2020 Virginia Lottery to Begin Selling Tickets Online Including Mega Millions, Powerball



News Archive for CY2019
September 16, 2019 Virginia Lottery Says Unregulated Skill Machines Could Cost Agency $140M a Year in Lost Sales
August 8, 2019 Virginia Lottery Launches New Virginia-Only Rolling Jackpot Game
July 17, 2019 Governor Northam Announces Record-Breaking Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
May 3, 2019 Governor Appoints Retiring Senator Frank Wagner as Deputy Director of Virginia Lottery
April 5, 2019 Starting July 1, a New Bill Will Allow Virginia Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous Unless the Winner Chooses Otherwise
April 4, 2019 Virginia Lottery Has Third-Best Month Ever
March 21, 2019 Virginia Lottery’s Pac-Man® Scratcher Ticket Has Players Chasing Fruitful Wins
February 27, 2019 Bill to Ban Sweepstakes' Gaming Machines in Virginia Awaits Governor’s Signature
February 5, 2019 Lawmakers Moving to Protect the Privacy of People Who Win the Virginia Lottery
January 30, 2019 Bills to Legalize Sports Betting in Virginia Move Forward
January 30, 2019 House Passes Bill to Allow Some Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous
January 24, 2019 Bill Would Provide New Penalties for People Caught Reselling Lottery Tickets
January 23, 2019 The Virginia Lottery is on Pace for Another Record-Setting Year
January 18, 2019 Bill to Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous Passes Virginia Senate
January 2, 2019 Bill Would Make Virginia Lottery Winners Anonymous, if They Win $10 Million or More

News Archive for CY2018
December 21, 2018 Va. Lawmaker Filing Legislation to Allow Big Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous
December 20, 2018 Virginia Lottery Has Opened Investigations Into Three of Lottery's Top Winners
December 5, 2018 Virginia Lottery Posts Record Sales
September 14, 2018 Legislative Audit Commission Think It’s Time for the State Lottery to be the Subject of an Audit to Gauge Its Efficiency and Evaluate Management
September 6, 2018 Call for Entries: Virginia Lottery Launches "Made in Virginia" Awards to Celebrate 30th Birthday and Lottery's Significant Support for K-12 Public Schools
July 11, 2018 Governor Announces Record Year for Virginia Lottery Sales and Profits
January 12, 2018 Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Kevin Hall as Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery
December 27, 2017 Virginia Lottery Kicks Off ‘Thank a Teacher’ Art Contest for Students

News Archive for CY2017
December 12, 2017 Paula Otto Honored as Finalist for Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year Award
August 30, 2017 Virginia Lottery to Honour Misprinted Mega Millions Tickets
August 30, 2017 Virginia Lottery Launches Hot $5 Ticket Featuring Pollard Banknote’s Spectrum Scratch Fx® Innovation
July 18, 2017 Virginia Lottery Partners with Virginia Council on Gambling to Operate Problem Gambling Helpline
June 30, 2017 The Virginia Lottery Team Wraps Up Award-Winning Season
January 18, 2017 IRS Lays Out New and Proposed Rules on Gambling Winnings
January 18, 2017 House Panel Rejects Bill That Would Allow Sale of Lottery Tickets over the Internet

News Archive for CY2016
October 17, 2016 Virginia Lottery Celebrates Another Year of Record-Breaking Instant Ticket Sales
September 16, 2016 Inequities in Virginia Employee Pay Worry Lawmakers
March 29, 2014 IGT Sign Seven-Year Contract with the Virginia Lottery to Provide New Lottery Technology and Services


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