RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Online play keeps Virginia Lottery players winning big as more than $500 million has been won in the first ten months of online sales.
With many traditional Lottery draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as new instant-win games now conveniently available to players using their smartphones, tablet and/or computers, the Virginia Lottery says they are delivering on their goal of meeting consumers where they are today – online, and it’s paying off.
Since online play launched on July 1, 2020, more than 172,000 winners have won prizes, from a $60,000 winner in Palmyra to a $50,000 jackpot winner in Moorefield, and a Cash4Life jackpot winner in Hopewell.
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age and who is physically in Virginia can play online by setting up an account at the Virginia Lottery’s website.
All online players undergo a robust identity and age verification process before they can participate.
One of the most popular online games is Jungle Tumble Jackpots which features a progressive jackpot that grows the more the game is played.
Players have won more than $37 million in that game alone including four jackpots greater than $50,000.
A new progressive jackpot game, Jackpot Payout, launched on April 20.
“We’re excited to see Virginians embrace the convenience of online play. By offering consumers a choice to play anytime, anywhere and on any device, we are strengthening the Lottery’s mission of generating additional profits to support K-12 public schools across Virginia.”Kevin Hall, Virginia Lottery Executive Director
Even as many customers choose to engage in online play, sales of traditional lottery products at retail establishments continue to grow.
Since the fiscal year began on July 1, sales of Virginia Lottery tickets at more than $5,000 retail locations have reached more than $1.8 billion – a 16-percent increase from the same period last year.
Profits from every Virginia Lottery ticket sold, whether online or at retail stores, benefits K-12 public education in Virginia.
In fiscal Year 2020, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $595 million for education in Virginia.
Fiscal Year 2021, ending on June 30, is on track to break sales and profit records, Lottery officials say.