|Pick 5 Day FB||
|Cash Pop Coffee Break||
|Cash Pop Prime Time||
|Pick 3 Night||
|Pick 5 Day||
|Pick 5 Night FB||
|Powerball Double Play||
|Cash Pop Rush Hour||
|Cash 5 Day||
|Pick 3 Day||
|Pick 4 Night||
|Pick 5 Night||
|Cash Pop Lunch Break||
|Cash Pop After Hours||
|Bank a Million||
|Pick 4 Day||
About the Virginia Lottery
The Virginia State Lottery dates all the way back to 1988, when it was launched to accumulate funds for various special state programs. In 1999, the Lottery started directing all the profit to K-12 public schools, which amounts to $1.6 million per day on average and approximately half a billion dollars per year. For instance, in the fiscal year 2020, K-12 public schools received around $595 million from the VA Lottery.
Virginia Lottery Rules
Playing lottery games in Virginia is a fun and exciting activity. Still, if you go for it, you’ll have to follow certain rules. Here are some of the most important ones:
- You must be at least 18 years old to purchase lottery tickets in Virginia.
- If you’re buying tickets online, you must be physically located within the state’s borders.
- The minimum deposit for online ticket purchases is $10.
- You have 180 days to claim your prize.
- The name on your ID must match the one on your Social Security card so you can claim winnings greater than $600.
Virginia Lottery Tickets
Virginia Lottery tickets are available for purchase at more than 5,000 locations. If you don’t know where your nearest retailer or machine is, feel free to check out the Where to Play section on the official VA Lottery website.
Can I Buy VA Tickets Online?
Yes, you can buy VA Lottery tickets online, provided that you’re physically present in the state. However, not all Lottery games are eligible. You’re only able to buy online tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, and Cash4Life.
The procedure is very simple:
- Visit the VA Lottery website and hit the Register button.
- Provide the required information, including the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- After logging in, click on the Deposit button on the My Account screen, and add the desired payment method. Fill in the deposit amount of at least $10, and confirm the transaction.
- Go to the Main Menu and click on the PLAY NOW button, which will take you directly to the game page.
- Take your pick and keep your fingers crossed!
Virginia Lottery Games and Drawing Schedules
Powerball is one of the most popular US draw lottery games with a progressive jackpot that grows until someone matches five white balls and one red Powerball. The game offers nine ways to win, and thanks to the additional Power Play option, non-jackpot prizes can go up 10 times. The drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 11 p.m.
Mega Millions got its name due to the size of its jackpot prizes. While playing Mega Millions, if you guess the winning five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, you’ll be in line for many millions of dollars. Also, the non-jackpot prizes can get a 5x increase if you purchase the Megaplier option. The draw is held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m.
To play Keno, you’ll need to select a number of spots ranging from one to ten and then pick the respective number of balls between 1 and 80. Your bet per draw can be worth from $1 to $10, and the maximum number of consecutive draws you can play is 20. If you can’t think of any lucky numbers, the Quick Pick option can choose them for you. The draw takes place every four minutes.
Bank a Million
Bank a Million drawings happen every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. To take part in Bank a Million, you need to pick six numbers from 1 to 40 or use Easy Pick for random numbers. The ticket costs $2, and there’s also a Bonus Ball that can add more money to your prize if you have it on your slip.
Cash4Life is a game that requires you to pick five numbers from 1 to 60, and one Cash Ball from 1 to 4. You can play this game every day, and the draw is scheduled for 9 p.m. There are seven ways to win, and tickets are available for online purchase.
Cash 5 comes with a starting jackpot worth $100,000. It has a feature called EZ Match, which enables players to instantly win up to $500 aside from the draw. If you want to participate in the Cash 5 draw, you can select five numbers between 1 and 41 for $1. Should you decide to spend one dollar more, you will get a chance to pick an EZ Match number for the instant cash prize.
Virginia Lottery Pick 4 is a daily draw game you can play for $1 or 50¢. Choose a four-digit combination that can be anything between 0000 and 9999, pick one of the numerous play types, and follow the respective draw, of which there are two daily.
If you only have three lucky numbers, use them to play Pick 3 and win great prizes for either $1 or 50¢. Each of the numbers can range between 0 and 9, and the draws take place twice a day. You can check Pick 3 results twice a day.
At the end of the year, you can try your luck and play a lottery game that only takes place once every 365 days. Raffle tickets can be purchased during the last two calendar months, and on January 1, four players will receive a $1 million prize. Six others will get a New Year’s gift worth $100,000, while 500 players will get $500 each.
Virginia Lottery Game Schedules
|Powerball||Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday||11:00 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||11:00 p.m.|
|Keno||Daily||Every four minutes|
|Bank a Million||Wednesday and Saturday||11:00 p.m.|
|Cash 5||Daily||11:00 p.m|
|Pick 4||Twice a day||1:59 p.m., 11:00 p.m|
|Pick 3||Twice a day||1:59 p.m., 11:00 p.m|
|Raffle||Once a year||announced on January 1|
How to Claim a Lottery Prize in Virginia
Players have 180 days to claim a prize won through the Virginia Lottery, and the winning ticket should be signed at the back. If you have a printed payslip, you can cash it in several different ways depending on the prize amount.
- For a prize worth $600 or less, you can get your cash at any Virginia Lottery retail shop, a Virginia Lottery customer service center, any of the prize zones, or by mail.
- To cash out prizes bigger than $600, you can visit a Virginia Lottery customer service center or a prize zone, or you can receive it through the mail. You’ll need to present a filled-out claim form, a valid ID, and your Social Security card.
If you decide to claim your prize through the mail, you need to provide the necessary details on the back of your ticket. Then, you should sign it and send it to:
Virginia Lottery Claims
PO. Box 1254
Richmond, VA, 23218-1254
Aside from the signed ticket, you need to send copies of the requested documents. Make sure that you’ve made a copy of the winning ticket for yourself.
If you’ve played online and won, prizes below $100 will be added to your lottery account automatically. However, for anything over $100, you must file an online claim.
Notable Winners of Virginia Lotteries
Virginia Lottery Games feature rolling jackpots that can reach millions of dollars. Here are some lucky winners who can confirm that VA Lottery practices what it preaches:
- J. R. and Peggy Triplett of Winchester won a Mega Millions jackpot worth $239 million in 2004. They bought the ticket in Red Apple in Stephens City and chose the cash payout that brought them $141.5 million.
- In 2009, Steve Williams of Shenandoah won $200 million and claimed $125 million in cash.
- Brian McCarthy of McLean put $68.4 million in cash in his pocket after hitting the jackpot worth $107 million in 2011.
Virginia Lottery Scratch-Offs
Draw games aren’t the only way to win extra cash. The Virginia Lottery also offers various scratch-off cards you can buy for as little as $1 and as much as $30. After making the purchase, just scratch off the surface and you’ll see whether you’ve won right away. The rewards vary, and some of them are worth millions of dollars.
Virginia Lottery Second Chances – What Is Second Chance?
Second Chance games revive your non-winning tickets and give you an opportunity to use them in an additional draw. While the prizes are slightly smaller, you still stand to enjoy an account boost of a few million if luck is on your side.
How Does Second Chance Work for the VA Lottery?
Second Chance promotions in Virginia exist under the eXTRA Chances tab. If you can see an eXTRA Chances logo on your ticket, it means it is eligible for another draw or even a bonus instant prize. The ticket value determines the number of entries for the eXTRA Chances draw. All tickets must be entered online through your Virginia Lottery MyGameRoom account.
Information on the Virginia Lottery
Virginia Lottery Office
The Virginia Lottery’s headquarters are located at 600 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA. Aside from the main office, Virginia Lottery has regional offices across the state in Shenandoah Valley, Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, Prize Zone West, Hampton Roads, Roanoke Valley, and Central Virginia.
Virginia Lottery Customer Support
If you have some additional questions about the Virginia Lottery, don’t hesitate to get in touch with customer support in any of the following ways:
- Phone: (804) 692-7777
- Email: contact form available on the site
Virginia Lottery Social Accounts
You can follow Virginia Lottery through several social media platforms, including:
Virginia Lottery Apps and Technology
The Virginia Lottery features a standalone app you can download to your Android or iOS mobile device through your respective app store which is the official Virginia lottery app. The apps can be used to fill out a digital payslip, scan tickets, enter promotions, check winning numbers, see the updated jackpot amount, find the closest retail shop, and more.
Virginia Tax Information
The Virginia Lottery withholds 24% of your lottery winnings for federal taxes and 4% for state taxes. If your prize is anything between $600 and $5,000, the Virginia Lottery will report it to designated tax agencies, while the taxes for rewards greater than $5,000 will be withheld automatically.
In case you have any remaining delinquent debts for back taxes, unpaid child support, or the like, the taxes from your Virginia lottery winnings greater than $100 will be automatically withheld.