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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
Sales FY 2015: $1,843,876,103
Sales Per Capita: $182.57
Number of Employees: 254
Retailers: 4,928
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 CY2017
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

News Archive for CY2015
November 19, 2015 Schafer Systems Awarded Super Ticket Contract for Virginia Lottery
October 20, 2015 Virginia Lottery Builds On Record-Breaking 2015 Scratcher Sales With A Successful Start To Fiscal Year 2016
September 15, 2015 Lottery HQ to Remain in Richmond
September 9, 2015 Lottery Release Statement in Relation to Lottery Ticket Dispute
September 9, 2015 Investigation Reveals Lottery Ticket was Altered
September 9, 2015 Virginia Lottery Chooses NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE For Enhanced Subscriptions Digital Solution
September 8, 2015 Player Files Complaint over Ticket Error
August 25, 2015 Viginia Lottery Launche Bank A Million!
August 18, 2015 Virginia Lottery Turns Over More Than a Half-Billion Dollars for Virginia's K-12 Public Schools
April 28, 2015 Virginia Lottery Launches Cash4Life®
April 27, 2015 Virginia, Get Ready for Cash4Life® - Offering the Prize of a Lifetime: $1,000 Per Day for Life
March 20, 2015 Lottery Director Advises: Don’t chance problem gambling; have the conversation
December 29, 2014 Virginia Lottery’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle a Sell Out Success

News Archive for CY2014
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


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