RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) –– Virginia Lottery sales for February 2020 were down slightly from the same time last year, according to a new report to the general assembly.
Lottery officials say February sales topped $169 million, down $2.9 million (-1.7%) compared to February 2019.
For the fiscal year to date, lottery sales totaled $1,379.6 million, a decline of $127.8 million (-8.4%) compared to last year.
Daily games (Pick 3, Pick for and Cash 5) lead sales in February, followed by jackpot games (Mega Millions, Powerball, Cash for Life) and scratch-off tickets
According to the report, weaknesses in sales were offset slightly by a lower prize expense rate.
In response to state and federal declarations of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lottery prize claim centers in Abingdon, Farmville, Hampton, Harrisonurg, Henrico, Richmond, Roanoke and Woodbridge closed to the public on March 23rd and will remain closed through at least April 6th.
The Lottery has also pulled their field team from in-store sales routes and they are now working remotely to service retailers.
According to the report, Virginia Lottery’s staff in Richmond has also shifted almost entirely to teleworking.
In the report, Kevin Hall, executive director of Virginia Lottery touched on potentially changing landscape of gaming in Virginia.
“… in anticipation of our expected role in expanded gaming in Virginia, we have begun active nationwide recruitment efforts to potentially fill several key roles as we prepare to construct significant new regulatory responsibilities. In addition, we continue to consult with gaming regulators from across the country as we consider best practices in effective state regulatory oversight of the gaming industry. “Kevin Hall, executive director of Virginia Lottery
The report also said more than $9 million dollars in unclaimed prices were transferred to the state’s Literary Fund.
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