Virginia Online Lottery

The online Virginia Lottery is a convenient way for Virginia players to purchase lottery tickets online, including the purchase of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets online.

The Virginia Lottery allows anyone over the age of 18 to play online as long as they’re physically located in the Commonwealth. 

That means that folks visiting from outside of Virginia can also take advantage of the online Virginia Lottery. This is unique to the state. In most states, you need to be a resident to buy tickets online.

All profits the Virginia Lottery makes go to K-12 public education in the Commonwealth. According to their website, lottery players provided $765 million in funding in 2020.

The Virginia Online Lottery

Type of GamesInstants; Mega Millions; Powerball; Cash4Life
Bonus Offer50% deposit match up to $100 and 20 free games
Where to PlayWeb browser; iOS app; Android app; In-person retailer

Virginia Lottery Games

The Virginia Lottery offers games available online as well as games exclusively available in-store. All online games can also be played at licensed Virginia Lottery retailers, such as corner stores or gas stations.

The most popular games are those with the biggest win potential. Even folks who don’t normally play the lottery will get a ticket if the jackpot is high enough. These include Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cash4Life, all of which can pay out a life-changing sum of money.

However, instant online games can have massive prizes as well. In fact, a few games have progressive jackpots, much like a slot at a casino. 

But the biggest are found on games like the $100,000 top prize of VA Cash Expander, the $250,000 top prize of Quick 6, and the $500,000 top prize of Instant Keno Multiplier, which had a recent big winner at the time of writing this article.

Put simply, Virginia Lottery players have a wide range of options both online and in-person.

Recent Wins

In the time since Virginia Lottery launched its online games, Virginia Lottery players have won over $1 billion in online play prize money.

  • NASA rocket scientist Norma Farr launched into millionaire status in mid-November 2021 after winning $1 million on Mega Millions. She purchased her ticket online and allowed the computer to randomly pick her numbers, falling short of the grand prize by only one number (the Powerball number, which was 1)
  • In mid-November 2021, Dennis “DJ” Gifford won $1 million in the $1,000,000 Platinum Jackpot game on a $10 scratch-off ticket
  • In mid-November 2021, Pittsylvania Country residents Edward and Tammy Taylor took home a $300,000 check after winning big on a Mega Crossword scratch-off ticket purchased at Food Lion
  • In early November 2021, a Virginia man won $100,000 across 20 tickets for the game Pick 4 (he picked the same numbers – 5 – 4 – 1 -1 – on all 20 tickets)
  • In late September 2021, North Carolina couple Jerry and Teresa Maples won $2 million during their road trip through Virginia, one of 11 states through which they traveled and purchased a pair of lottery tickets. They hit all numbers except for the Powerball number, winning $1 million. They doubled that amount to $2 million due to the extra $1 spent on the ticket

Virginia Lottery App

Where Is The Virginia Lottery App?

Links to the Virginia Lottery app can be found on the Virginia Lottery website, which is probably the easiest way to find them. You can find the links here.

As of March 2021, the Google Play store allows real-money online casino and sportsbook apps on its platform. Even during Google Play’s ban on gambling apps, the Lottery was still listed (apparently Google didn’t classify it as a gambling app).

Apple’s App Store allows legal gambling apps, and the Virginia Lottery app is of course listed there.

You can also play the Virginia Lottery online using your mobile phone’s web browser. This is a good option if you don’t have room on your device for an app.

How To Register And Deposit

You can register for the Virginia Lottery through the app by clicking the “Register” button. You’ll need to provide your email, create a password, and provide your address as well as the last four digits of your SSN. Make sure all information matches your ID. (You don’t want there to be a dispute if you win a jackpot!)

When you’re registered, you can deposit using your debit card, PayPal account, or online banking account through ACH. The minimum deposit is $10.

How To Redeem Winnings

If you win fewer than $100, the amount is credited directly to your account and you can withdraw the winnings using PayPal or online banking ACH. Make sure to deposit using the same method you want to use for the deposit.

If you win more than $100, you’ll need to fill out an online request form and submit it for approval.

Bonus Offers At Virginia Lottery

The new player bonus at the Virginia Lottery is a $10 bonus and 10 free games of Queen of Diamonds, an instant game with an 87% payout and a top prize of $60,000. That means you have 10 free rounds of that and you can spend your $10 bonus however you please.

The minimum deposit is $10 as well, so you’ll have $20 in your account to use on instant games or draw games.

The Virginia Lottery also hosts a range of other bonus offers, usually around a specific holiday or time of year. As a member, you’ll receive email notifications about new bonuses so you don’t miss out on an offer.

Multi-State Lottery Games In Virginia

You can play both the Powerball and Mega Millions games online through the Virginia Lottery app or website. 

Just like if you were to buy the ticket at a retailer, you can choose your own numbers or have the system randomly generate them. Doing your own numbers may even be easier online because you’re not waiting on an impatient cashier or folks in line behind you.

You can also purchase several Mega Millions or Powerball tickets at once. Further, the Virginia Lottery allows lottery ticket subscriptions, so you ensure you always qualify for a drawing. Lottery ticket subscriptions allow players to purchase tickets to play a certain number of games each week without having to purchase individual tickets.

Scratch-Off And Instant Win Games In Virginia

Virginia defines “Scratchers,” also known as scratch-off tickets, as their own category. Scratchers are only available to purchase in person (not online). Basically, Scratchers are instant win games at retailers, while Instants are non-drawing lottery games that you can play online.

For example, VA Cash Expander, VIP Platinum, and Queen of Diamonds are highly popular Instants that are exclusively online.

Instants Vs. Scratchers In Virginia

Scratchers range in price from $1 to $30 and can be purchased at licensed Virginia Lottery retail stores. You simply scratch off the hidden symbols in the hopes that you reveal a winning combination.

Instants are available online and range in price from as little as five cents ($0.05) per ticket to $20. Each game also offers a price range, meaning the same game can cost five cents or ten bucks. The price of the ticket that you choose affects the prize potential. The higher the price, the higher the prizes.

The Virginia Lottery allows you to play all the Instants in demo practice mode so you can try them out without risking any of your own money.

Biggest Winners Of Virginia Lottery

The biggest lottery win to occur in the Commonwealth of Virginia was thanks to a multi-state lottery ticket. J.R. and Peggy Triplett of Winchester, Virginia, won an incredible $239 million on Mega Millions, which is in the top ten biggest jackpots in the game’s history.

However, George Coffroad of Alexandria won one of the biggest state-specific jackpots. By playing the 100x the Money Scratcher, he won $10 million instantly. To follow in his footsteps, you’ll need to fork up $30 for the ticket. Also, the top prize was $7 million (not $10 million) at the time of writing this article.

Does Virginia Lottery Offer Online Lottery Ticket Subscriptions?

Yes, the Virginia Lottery offers an online lottery ticket subscription for three draw games:

  • Mega Millions
  • Powerball
  • Cash4Life

These can be done online through the Virginia Lottery app or website. However, these are digital tickets, not physical tickets. They have the same chance of winning, but numbers need to be selected digitally (or randomly selected by the system).

Your subscription can simply be for the week or as long as a year. Just make sure you have enough money in your account to continuously buy the tickets.

The Virginia Lottery does not mail lottery tickets, as part of the subscription service or otherwise.

What Does Virginia Do With Funding From The Lottery?

The Virginia Lottery donates all profits to K-12 public education in the state. 

As mentioned above, that totaled around $650 million in 2019. But, at the time of writing this Virginia Lottery guide, the total contribution was $13.042 billion, which is the running total since 1999.

But that’s only part of the revenue that the Virginia Lottery brings in. In 2019, they made $2.293 billion in sales, so only around 28% went to public education funding. About 61%, or $1.402 billion, were given back to players in the form of prizes. And that puts us at around 89%.

Where does the remaining 11% go? The retailers, who receive a portion of their sales, received $128.7 million. So buying in-person instead of online has the added benefit of boosting the local economy. 

The rest is allocated to administration fees. The Virginia Lottery regulates both lottery sales as well as sports betting and upcoming retail casinos, so it’s a relatively large regulatory organization.

Virginia Online Lottery FAQs

Is it legal to buy online lottery tickets in Virginia?

Yes, the Virginia Lottery allows online lottery ticket sales. However, it is only legal to buy the ones offered online, which include Instants and three multi-state lotteries: Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cash4Life. It is not legal to buy games available exclusively at retails, such as Scratchers.

How old do I have to be to buy lottery tickets in Virginia?

18. You must be at least 18 years old to buy lottery tickets in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This includes both in-store and online lottery sales. This is also the age requirement for playing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and betting on horse racing. However, the age requirement for sports betting will be 21 years and up.

What Instant Win games are available in Virginia?

Virginia Lottery offers instant win games both online and in-stores. The Instant Win games online are called, “Instants,” and are digital scratch-offs that are similar to slot machines. Ticket prices range from $0.05 to $20. The Instant Win games in-store are called, “Scratchers,” and they range from $1 to $30.

Does the Virginia Lottery offer a VIP Program?

No, the Virginia Lottery does not have a VIP program or allow players to accumulate loyalty points. However, joining the Virginia Online Lottery goes beyond the convenience of buying tickets. You’ll also have access to drawings for physical prizes, take part in second chance drawings, and claim bonus offers exclusive to online players, including cashback on all online purchases.

Can I purchase tickets for the Powerball online in Virginia?

Yes, the Virginia Lottery option allows the purchase of Powerball tickets online through the official app or website. You can pick your numbers or have numbers automatically selected by the system. You can also sign up for a Powerball subscription, where it automatically purchases a ticket for you before every drawing.

Can I purchase tickets for Mega Millions online in Virginia?

Yes, the Virginia Lottery offers Mega Millions online. Just like with the Powerball tickets, you can choose your numbers or have the system select random numbers for you. You can purchase as many tickets as you like at the same time. You can also subscribe to Mega Millions to have the Virginia Lottery automatically buy you a ticket before each drawing.

Can I purchase lottery tickets online in Virginia if I am not a resident of that state?

Yes, you can purchase lottery tickets online in Virginia even if you’re not a resident of the state. But you must be physically located within state lines to purchase tickets or play the games. If you’re located in Virginia, simply visit the Virginia Lottery website or app, create an account, deposit money, and play the games or purchase the tickets.

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Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani (shown here at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas) is an experienced online gambling writer who specializes in online casinos and sports betting sites. From the nuances of bonus offers to winning strategies and beyond, his insights have helped countless remote bettors keep more of their money while having fun and staying safe.