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West Virginia Lottery
E-mail Address:
Phone: (304) 558-0500
Fax: (304) 558-2555
Population: 1,819,777
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Alan Larrick
Year Lottery Founded: 1986
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 20156
Number of Employees: 102
Retailers: 1,469
Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH
On-line Vendor: GTECH
VLT(s) Aristocrat, IGT, Spielo, Summit, WMS, Bally, Konami, Scientific Games.
Advertising: Fahlgren Inc.
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Daily 3, Daily 4, Cash 25, Keno, Instant Games.
Beneficiaries: Education, Senior Citizens and Tourism
Jurisdiction: State of West Virginia

Background Information


West Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery in November 1984. The West Virginia Lottery began ticket sales with an instant game on January 9, 1986. The game was so successful that sales reached $53 million after just six months
The Lottery’s first draw game, Lotto 6/36, was introduced in November 1986. It was followed in short order by Daily 3 and Daily 4 in February 1987. The multistate Lotto*America joined the mix in 1988, replacing the state’s own lotto game. Fast-draw keno made its debut as Travel in 1992.
The current draw games offered by the West Virginia Lottery include Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Cash 25, Daily 3 and Daily 4. Fast-draw keno is also offered at select locations
A sneak peak at the West Virginia Lottery’s future came in 1990, when a limited test of video lottery terminals began at Mountaineer Park, one of the state’s four racetracks. They were successful enough that the program was expanded in 1994 with the Racetrack Video Lottery Act, subject to local voter approval. Three tracks were up and running with VLTs in 1994 after voters gave their ok; the fourth, Charles Town, installed VLTs in 1997
VLTs were expanded outside racetracks in late 2001 after the legislature outlawed gray machines, which had expanded exponentially over the years providing no revenue to the state. The “limited video lottery” program essentially replaced those machines with up to 9,000 VLTs in bars and clubs licensed by the Lottery.
In response to increasing competition outside its borders, the legislature authorized table games at the racetracks in 2007, again subject to local approval. All four tracks currently offer the games in addition to VLTs. The West Virginia Lottery was the first American lottery to run table games in addition to gaming machines.
The Lottery also oversees a limited number of casino games at the Greenbrier Resort; the games began there in 2009.
Originally, Lottery profits were transferred to the state’s General Fund. In 1989, lawmakers dedicated lottery profits to programs benefitting education, senior citizens, and tourism. Millions of dollars have since been provided for elementary, secondary, and higher education, including PROMISE scholarships. Matching funds for Medicaid as well as the costs of in home health care and senior support services are also funded from lottery revenue. In addition, lottery funds support the state’s toll-free tourist information number and the cooperative tourism advertising grants.


News Archive
August 17, 2021 West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 24th Straight Year
June 30, 2021 West Virginia Lottery is Outpacing Estimates in Net Revenue by $30 million This Fiscal Year
November 12, 2020 West Virginia Lottery Director Appointed Chairman of Lotto America Product Group
October 20, 2020 WV Lottery Sets Dates for 10-Year Re-bid of Limited Video Lottery Permits
Sept 1, 2020 West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 23rd Straight Year
July 22, 2020 WV Lottery Fails to Attract $1 Billion in Overall Sales for the First Time in 18 Years
July 20, 2020 The All-New Keno Go Game Available State-Wide on July 19
October 23, 2019 West Virginia Lottery Rolls Out Games at Walmart Stores
August 2, 2019 West Virginia Lottery Earns Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for 22nd Year in a Row
July 24, 2019 West Virginia Lottery Sales Top $1 Billion Again
April 24, 2019 Year-on-Year the WV Lottery is Up $40.56 Million Compared with the Corresponding Period in 2018
March 22, 2019 West Virginia Attorney General Leads Coalition to Protect State Lotteries
February 26, 2019 Brown Giordano Named Deputy Director of Marketing
February 20, 2019 Lottery Favours Satellite Casinos Bill as Way to Maintain Gaming Revenue
January 23, 2019 Lottery Director Says State Revenues from Sports Betting Still Too Early to Predict
January 12, 2019 Lottery Director Not Backing Online Gaming Law This Session

News Archive for CL2018
November 28, 2018 Enormous Jackpots Fuel Surge in October West Virginia Lottery Revenue
September 22, 2018 Governor Addressed Media Articles Concerning Lottery Commission
September 18, 2018 Governor Justice Appoints John Myers as Director of the West Virginia Lottery
September 17, 2018 Lawmakers Question Lottery’s Position on Sports Betting
August 31, 2018 WV Governor Announces Larrick Has Stepped Down as Lottery Director; Names Buffington as Acting Director
August 27, 2018 Rhode Island and West Virginia Lotteries Opt for International Game Technology’s Sports Betting Platform
July 26, 2018 WV Lottery Revenue Tops $1 Billion for FY2017-18
July 12, 2018 West Virginia Lottery Hoping to Have Sports Betting Up and Running by Sept. 1
July 12, 2018 Lottery Releases Emergency Rules for Sports Betting
June 29, 2018 Lottery Continues Work on Rules for Sports Betting
June 21, 2018 West Virginia Lottery Commission Sets Sports Betting Rules
April 25, 2018 WV Lottery Tickets and Online Games Are Booming; Achieve Eight Percent Upswing in Year-to-Date Revenue
January 31, 2018 West Virginia Lottery Commission Assists in Crafting Sports Betting Bill
December 20, 2017 WV Lottery Revenues Slightly Down in November

News Archive for CL2017
November 15, 2017 WV Lottery’s October Revenue of $87.2 Million is Down Less than One Percent from the Same Period in 2016
October 26, 2017 WV Lottery Revenue Decline Shows Signs of Slowing
August 31, 2017 West Virginia Lottery Signs Seven-Year Contract with IGT
August 30, 2017 Budget Woes Continue, Gross Lottery Revenues Down Nearly 7 Percent, from July 2016
June 19, 2017 WV Lottery Revenue Expected to Top $1 Billion Despite Slow Pace
April 11, 2017 WV Lottery Director to Step Away from His Law Firm for the Term of His Tenure to Avoid Any Conflict Issues
February 5, 2017 West Virginian Lawmaker Pushing for More Video Lottery Machines
January 29, 2017 Expansion of Casino Gaming in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland Has Negatively Affected West Virginia Profits
January 15, 2017 Governor-elect Appoints West Virginia Lottery Director
January 14, 2017 West Virginia Governor-Elect Announced the Acting Director of the State Lottery Will Lead the state Department of Administration
January 9, 2017 West Virginia Lottery Celebrating 31 Years
January 9, 2017 West Virginia Lawsuit Claims Smoking Ban Exceeds Health Department Powers

News Archive for CL2016
December 15, 2016 WV Lottery Officials Ponder Impact of New D.C. Casino on Falling Lotto Profits
October 20, 2016 Moody's Assign A1 to West Virginia SBA's $20.9M Lottery Capital Improvement Rev. Bonds, Ser. 2016B
September 22, 2016 WV Lottery Revenue Continued an Ongoing Decline in August
August 23, 2016 Large Powerball and MegaMillions Jackpots Push West Virginia Lottery Revenues Up
August 19, 2016 State Officials Must Find Additional Revenue Sources to Offset Gambling Revenue Losses
July 29, 2016 Video Lottery Decline at the State’s Four Racetrack Casinos Drag WV Lottery Revenues Down $27 Million
July 12, 2016 Gambling in Bordering States Has West Virginia Lottery Officials Concerned About Dwindling Revenue
July 11, 2016 Attorney General Says Fantasy Sports Betting is Legal in WV
June 25, 2016 West Virginia Lottery Revenues Top the $1 Billion Mark for the 14th Consecutive Year
May 20, 2016 Call to Amend Limited Video Lottery Bill
April 5, 2016 Daily3 Players Have Record Setting Day
April 1, 2016 Governor Vetoes Lottery Winners Anonymity Bill
March 23, 2016 Lottery Anonymity Bill Awaiting Action from Governor
March 1, 2016 Lottery Officials Oppose HB 4505 (Winner Anonymity Bill)
January 20, 2016 West Virginia Lottery Names Deputy Director of Marketing
January 3, 2016 LVL Proposal Would Increase the Maximum Number of Lottery Machines Allowed at Selected Venues


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