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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
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.
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
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