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The Virginia State lottery was established in 1987 and has been the single largest financial contributor to the General Fund since then. In 1999a state budget amended how these proceeds were to be distributed. At that time it was determined that the funds were to be distributed to the local public schools only. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that the majority of the state’s voters approved the State Lottery Proceeds Fund which is not written into the Virginia's Constitution. This allows the state to use all of the Lottery proceeds for the sole purpose of education from kindergarten to Grade 12

During the fiscal year 2007, the Virginia Lotteries reported net sales exceeding $1.3 billion whereby 32% of those funds went to the education plan and 57.4% went back into prizes for players.

Mega Millions

The Mega millions is a multi state lottery and one Virginia’s largest online game with jackpots that can easily go above and beyond $300 million. There are nine different ways to win in this game, with eight different prizes. The lottery game starts at $12 million and if it’s not won during that nights drawing the prize will increase till it is. Ticjets can be pruchased at all retialers who support the Virginca Lottery for $1. To play, ismply choose five numbers from 1 through 56. You will than need to select a Mega ball number from 1 through 46. To win the jackpot players must match all five number plus the mega ball number.

Win For Life

Win For Life is a new online game offered by Virginia Lottery with eight ways to win and a grand prize of $1,000 a week for life. The game costs $1 with draws held ever Wednesday and Saturday. To play Win For Life you will need to choose six number from 1 to 42 or ask the store clerk for a quick pick and have the lottery terminal print you a random ticket.

The lottery will than draw the winning numbers and select a Free Ball which will be from the remaining 36 numbers. If your six numbers match the lotteries six numbers you win the jackpot of $1,000 a week for life. If you match the first five numbers plus the Free Ball you will win a consolation prize of $52,000.

Cash 5

Cash 5 is a easy game to play with up to $100,000 available each draw. It costs $1 to play and you will be able to choose five numbers from 1 to 34. Players can play up to five sets of numbers per ticket as well as choose the multi-draw option which allows you to play your ticket in advance. With this game players can choose how much the wish to wager. The ticket must have a total value of $1 although you can ask to purchase 4 boards and only wager $0.25 on each game. If all five of your numbers match the numbers drawn you will win the jackpot.

Pick 3

The Pick 3 is a simple to play and gives you two chances each day to win. Each ticket can be purchased starting at $0.50 followed by increments of $1, $2, $3, $4, $5 with a top prize of $500 by playing a $5 ticket and betting on a straight. To play simply choose three numbers between 1 and 9 either by filling out a play slip or asking the retailer for a quick pick. You will than bet on how you want to play the game, along with wagering amount.

Exact Order – To win match the winning numbers in the exact order they were drawn. This jackpot pays $500 on a $1 wager

Any Order – You can match the three numbers in any order with a prize of $80. Or if your numbers match the draw and there are pairs in the set than your prize will be doubled winning you $160.

Straight/Box – You can win by matching your numbers in the exact order or any order.

Pick 3 Pairs To choose this option you must select two digits and their positions on the Pick 3 slip. Each pairs wager costs $1 or $0.50. To win your numbers must match the exact same order in the same location. Top prize is $50 on a $1 wager.


The Virginia Lottery has over 30 different series of scratch tickets currently in play with prizes ranging from cruise ships, vehicles to millions in cash. Each game offers a different twist than the other. The most popular game based on net sales is the Bingo tickets which is played just like your regular games in the bingo halls. Simply scratch of your numbers and match them on the bingo cards. If you complete one line you win. All winning scratch tickets that have a value of up to $600 can be redeemed at any lottery retailer. Winning tickets over $600 must be claimed at the nearest Lottery Headquarters.

Fast Play Bingo

Fast Play Bingo is exactly that – fast play. Each ticket costs $2 and the fun part about this game is you know if you’re a winner only seconds after the ticket has been purchase. There are no slips to fill out or numbers to choose. Simply ask the lottery clerk for a Fast Play Bingo, the terminal will print your ticket and you can validate it right on the spot. Top prize in this game is $10,000.Each ticket has a Bingo Card and a set of Caller’s numbers. Match the caller’s Numbers to your own Bingo Card numbers and you’re an instant winner. This game cannot be cancelled once a ticket has been issued.

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