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Virginia Lottery General Information

The Virginia Lottery plays three state drawn games - Pick 3 (with midday and evening draws), Pick 4 (with midday and evening draws), and Cash 5 (with midday and evening draws). Plus, four multiple-state games - Powerball, Mega Millions, Win For Life, and Decades of Dollars. Compared to other states, the Virginia Lottery offers a large variety of lottery games.

Drawings for Virginia lotteries are performed using a set of mechanical ball machines. All Virginia Lottery drawings (including daily draw shows) are broadcast live by satellite to TV stations across the state free of charge. Drawings are also shown LIVE on the VA Lottery web site at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Cllick here to view VA Lottery live or past drawings. Moreover, you might also be interested in Drawing Procedures of the Virginia Lottery.

This page is a quick reference, or a summary of the most relevant information contained in the Virginia Lottery web site. Links to details are provided for more pertinent information.

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Virginia Lotteries Drawing Days and Times

The following table lists the drawing schedule of all Virginia lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.

GameDraw DaysDraw Time
Pick 3 DayEveryday2 p.m
Pick 3 EveningEveryday11 p.m
Pick 4 DayEveryday2 p.m
Pick 4 EveningEveryday11 p.m
Cash 5 DayEveryday2 p.m
Cash 5 EveningEveryday11 p.m
Mega MillionsTuesday and Friday11 p.m
PowerballWednesday and Saturday11 p.m.
Win For LifeWednesday and Saturday11 p.m.
Decades of DollarsMonday and Thursday11 p.m.


Virginia Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds

The following is a compact summary of each Virginia lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.

GameHow to PlayTop PrizeTop Prize Odds
Pick 3Select 3-digits 000 to 999$5001 in 1,000

Pick 4Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999

$50001 in 10,000
Cash 5Select 5 numbers, 1 through 34

$100,0001 in 278,256
Mega MillionsSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 56
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
$12,000,000
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 175,711,536
PowerballSelect 5 numbers, 1 through 59
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 35
$40,000,000 +
Rollover, Pari-mutuel
1 in 175,223,510
Win For LifeSelect 6 numbers, 1 through 42

$1,000 a week for life
1 in 5,245,786
Decades of DollarsSelect 6 numbers, 1 through 47 $250,000/year for 30 years,
or $4,000,000
1 in 10,737,573

Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins. Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the number of winners.

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Virginia Lottery General Rules and Regulations

The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the Virginia lottery games.

  • Virginia Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Losing a lottery ticket is almost like losing cash. Protect yourself by signing the back of your tickets when you buy them. At the very least, sign any winning tickets, even before claiming your prize. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Unless you sign a ticket, anyone else who has the ticket can claim the prize.
  • Credit Cards are NOT allowed for Lottery purchases, however, players can use debit cards to play Virginia Lottery games. Also, gift cards like Visa or MasterCard which have a pre-paid balance may be used for Lottery purchases..
  • You can purchase Mega Millions and Win For Life Subscriptions for $26 (3 months), $52 (six months) or $104 (entire year) if you have a Virginia mailing address. Subscription forms are available at Virginia Lottery retailers throughout the state or on the VA lottery web site.
  • For more information, please see Virginia Lottery FAQ page


Claiming Prizes of the Virginia Lottery

Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any Virginia lottery,

  • Winning tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the winning draw date on the ticket.
  • The viginia Lottery web site has little or no information on how to claim prizes. The only essential information that we are able to find is following:
    You can claim any prize by mailing your SIGNED ticket to:
    Virginia Lottery Claims 
    P.O. Box 1254 
    Richmond, VA 23218-1254
    

    All prizes are subject to income taxes. The Lottery must withhold federal and state taxes from each prize over $5,000 - 25% for federal taxes and 4% for state taxes. For all prizes over $600, the lottery will issue a federal form W2-G to the winner.

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Where do the Virginia Lottery profits go?

Under the current allocation, 59.4% of lottery revenues is paid out in prizes, 30% to public education grades K-12, 5.3% went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and 5.1% went to operational expenses.

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Information on Each Virginia Lottery Game

Further information on each Virginia lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on this site at the following pages.


Disclaimer

US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the Virginia Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts extracted from Virginia Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.

Pick 3     Pick 4     Cash 5     Mega Millions     Powerball     Win For Life     Decades of Dollars

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Virginia lottery Games Data and Analysis Menu
Pick 3
- Pick 3 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Triples
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Pick 4
- Pick 4 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Quadruplets
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Cash 5
- Cash 5 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Mega Millions
- Mega Millions Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Win For Life
- Win For Life Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Decades of Dollars
- Decades of Dollars Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Powerball
- Powerball Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info

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