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 states 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 Virginias Constitution, directs all Lottery profits be used solely for educational purposes.
|News Archive for CY2020
|November 9, 2020
||Virginia Lottery Launches Expanded Version of New Years 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 Lotterys Pac-Man® Scratcher Ticket Has Players Chasing Fruitful Wins
|February 27, 2019
||Bill to Ban Sweepstakes’ Gaming Machines in Virginia Awaits Governors 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 Its 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 Banknotes 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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