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The Lottery in West Virginia

All About the West Virginia Lottery

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West Virginia State established the lottery in 1984 with an approval rating of 67% although it wouldn’t be until two years later before the West Virginia Lottery would begin to sell tickets. On January9, 1986 more than 1.5 million tickets were sold on the first day.

Since then they have released dozens of different online games, and over 100 various scratchers for the players in West Virginia. In 1989 it was decided that the proceeds from these sales would be provided to education programs within the state,

In the state of West Virginia, Video Lottery is the legal use of player interactive gaming machines similar to those commonly known as "slot" machines in the casino industry. As of 1994, video lottery was approved, with restraints set forth by law, at West Virginia’s four thoroughbred and greyhound racetracks. The issue had to be approved by voters in the counties in which each track is located

In 2001, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill allowing for a limited number of video lottery machines in adult establishments only. This bill is referred to as the "Limited Video Lottery Act." What this bill did is defined the previous law which banned the use of “gray” or “poker” machines and limited the amount of video lottery terminals to no more than 9,000 across the state. The businesses they were legally able to provide video lottery were those that possessed a Class A, Alcohol license. They then determined that all proceeds from these Video Lottery terminals would help fund programs for senior citizens as well as tourism and education.

Hot Lotto

Hot Lotto is a multi-state online game and besides tickets being sold in South Dakota, players can also purchase them in Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Recently the Lotteries in all 11 states added a new prize structure to the game. Now if you purchase the hot Sizzler and win your prize will be tripled. The jackpots in this game all start at $1,000,000 and will grow each night a player has not won.

To play simply fill out a play slip at your local retailer and choose five numbers from 1 to 39 plus you will also need to choose your Hot Ball number which will be from 1 to 19. Each ticket costs $1 and for a $1 more you can add the Sizzler which triples your prizes on a winning ticket.

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.

Daily 4

To play Daily 4 you will be given the same options as the other Daily game except you will need to pick four numbers instead of three. Your numbers will still be selected between 1 and 9 along with how you want those numbers to be wagered. Tickets can be bet on a Straight, Box or Straight/Box. This game is available Monday through Saturdays and tickets cost as little as $1.

Straight – To win you must match all four numbers in the same order as they were drawn.

Box – This option allows you to match the four winning numbers in any order

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

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