The Virginia Lottery will start offering some of its most popular games online at valottery.com from July 1.
Players will have access to play Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cash4Life on any phone, tablet, or computer, along with new instant-win games. The lottery described the instant-win games as ‘an online version of scratcher games, but with exciting digital game features, mechanics and bonus rounds that paper tickets cannot provide players.’
Those will be added every few weeks, and daily draw games like Pick 3, Pick 4, and Cash 5, will be added within the first year.
Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall said: “We’re excited to be introducing this new way of playing our games on July 1, the very first day it’s allowed under legislation we requested from the 2020 General Assembly. We feel it’s important to continue to meet Virginia consumers where they already are, and where they expect to find us: online. Virginia is the seventh state to offer lottery games online so consumers can play whenever they want wherever they are. Online lottery is not just convenience. Updating the way we deliver our products will help support our responsibility to generate additional resources for Virginia’s K-12 public schools”
Lottery games will continue to be available at more than 5,100 retail stores across Virginia, including some games not available online, lie dozens of scratchers, but the new online option offers a social distancing-friendly, remote way to play.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.7m per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.