During 1987 the residents of Virginia voted for the Virginia
Lottery. It was decided that this lottery will be managed and run by
the government of Virginia. When sales of the lottery tickets
started on 20 September 1988, no specific beneficiary for the
proceeds of the lottery was designated. During 1989 the lottery
earnings was applied to fund various capital construction
undertakings. Proceeds from 1990 up to 1998 were allocated to the
General Virginia Fund. In 1999 it was decided to allocate funds for
pure educational purposes and distributed to public schools in
Since November 2000, all proceeds of the lottery are solely used for
education. This decision was voted on by Virginia residents, and
also approved the initiation of the State Lottery Proceeds Fund.
This decision is was also take up in the Constitution of Virginia.
Since 1989 up to June 2010, more than seven and a half billion
dollars have been paid to K-12 schools in Virginia.
Apart from the millions of dollars allocated to education, the
lottery also funds the Virginia Literary Fund with all unclaimed
prizes. More than one hundred and ninety million dollars has been
donated to this fund since 2009.
The Commonwealth of Virginia manage the Virginia State Lottery. This
lottery is one of 42 that sell Mega Millions game tickets, and one
of the 44 states that take part in the Powerball multi state
Local retailers have the mandate to sell lottery tickets. By law,
selling of lottery tickets from the Virginia lottery head office or
online is not permitted. In order to play or cash any winnings,
participants must be 18 years or older. It is also not permitted to
buy any lottery tickets with a credit card.
Players can pick between a number of games such as the ever popular
Pick 3 and Pick 4 games, the Cash 5 game, all with two draws per
day. Other fast games such as various kinds of scratch card games
are also available. In addition to the above, the Mega Millions and
Powerball is also available and drawn twice a week on Fridays and
Tuesdays and Saturdays and Wednesdays respectively.
With an advertising budget of 24 million dollars per year, one can
clearly comprehend why the Virginia Lottery is successful in so many