The Virginia Lottery gives players a chance to win big while raising money for K-12 education - almost $10 billion since 1999. One-third of VA Lottery profits goes straight to schools, while two-thirds is allocated to specific education initiatives. Lottery players benefit too, with 61 cents in every dollar spent funding prize payouts. Why not try your luck at one of the great draw games or instant win games available in the Old Dominion? Check the latest Virginia Lottery numbers below and see if you're a winner!
Where to Buy Tickets
Virginia Lottery tickets can be bought online via the "play" links on this site. They are also available from authorized retailers across the state and can be purchased with cash, debit cards and pre-paid gift cards, but not with credit cards. Keep in mind that some retailers may not allow customers to purchase lottery games using debit cards. Bring cash with you to the store if you're unsure about their policies.
You can also sign up for the convenient subscription service offered by the Virginia Lottery that lets you play Mega Millions for up to 104 draws.
Virginia Lottery Drawing Schedule
There are seven exciting draw-style games for your to take part in, find out when they are held and they cut-off time for entry:
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Times*||Ticket Sales Close At*|
|Powerball||Monday, Wednesday & Saturday||10:59 PM||10:00 PM|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday & Friday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash4Life||Daily||9:00 PM||8:45 PM|
|Bank a Million||Wednesday & Saturday||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Cash 5||Daily||11:00 PM||10:45 PM|
|Pick 3||Daily||1:59 PM & 11:00 PM||1:53 PM & 10:45 PM|
|Pick 4||Daily||1:59 PM & 11:00 PM||1:53 PM & 10:45 PM|
|*Times are shown in ET.|
Lottery fans in Virginia can take part in Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash4Life along with in-state games.
Pick 3 gives Virginia players a shot at a $500 top prize twice every day. A choice of great play types adds more fun and you can opt for a $0.50 or $1 wager.
Pick 4 offers the opportunity to take home up to $5,000 twice a day in the Day and Night draws. Enjoy finding your favorite play type with this four-digit game, and choose from wagers staring at just $0.50.
Fireball is an add-on for Pick 3 and Pick 4 that delivers more ways to score a prize. After each of the two daily Pick game draws, a Fireball number from 0-9 is drawn. Use the Fireball digit to replace any of the base game numbers to help create new winning sequences. You can even win twice, on both Fireball and the main game! Selecting Fireball doubles the cost of your ticket.
Cash 5 is only found in Virginia and has a great $100,000 minimum jackpot that keeps growing with each roll. With the EZ Match add-on, you could also win an instant cash prize of up to $500.
Bank a Million
Bank a Million is a homegrown favorite you'll only find in Virginia, offering the chance to win up to $1 million twice a week - and the top prize is tax-free! Additionally, the Bonus Ball gives players a way to increase their non-jackpot wins. Tickets cost $2 and you can choose different wagers to make up the total.
Other Virginia Lottery Games
Keno is a fast-paced game drawn every four minutes, with great prizes of up to $1 million up for grabs. Choose up to 10 spots to play, your wager ($1 to $10), and numbers, then simply wait for the draw to see if you've won.
Instant games give you the chance to hit a cash prize immediately; play online and get the chance to win whenever you want, without hanging around for a draw.
Out and about and need a quick bit of lottery fun? Try scratchers - fun instant win games that can give you a shot at a big win without waiting for a drawing to take place. The games cost anywhere from $1 to $20 and can yield incredible prizes. You could snap up millions of dollars in the blink of an eye!
The New Year's Millionaire Raffle is a Virginia holiday tradition - if your resolution is to win the lottery, then you'll definitely want to enter the January 1 draw offering four $1 million prizes, six $100,000 prizes, and 500 $500 prizes.
Cash 5 Day has been retired - the last draw took place on October 25, 2020, but you can still check winning numbers back to April 2010. Cash 5 is still available to play with a draw every night at 11:00 PM.
You have 180 days from the date of the drawing to collect a lottery prize and 180 days from the closure of a scratcher game to collect any prizes you may have won.
You can stay anonymous in Virginia, but only if you win more than $10 million. If you win an amount up to $10 million, the Virginia Lottery will release details about your identity if there is a Freedom of Information request.
Prizes may be claimed by mail; see details below.
Picked up a prize of $600 or less? You can also claim your prize at any authorized Virginia Lottery retailer, who can pay you with a cash, check or money order.
You can also visit a dedicated customer service center and redeem it at a prize zone. There are eight such centers across the state, including the Lottery Headquarters in Richmond, so you're never too far away from your well-deserved prize.
You'll need a valid ID card and your Social Security number if your prize is worth more than $100.
Prizes worth $601 or greater will need to be claimed at one of the dedicated prize zones or through the mail. You'll have to supply a copy of your photo ID and your Social Security number, and if you mail the ticket, you should make a copy for your records and send the ticket via registered mail.
Awards of up to $5,000 can be paid by check or on a preloaded Visa card.
If you land a windfall of $5,000 or more, 25 percent will be withheld in federal taxes and four percent will be withheld by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claim a prize by mail
To redeem a prize of any amount by mail, send your completed and signed ticket to the address below. Be sure to include your daytime phone, email, and mailing address.
For prizes over $100 and up to and including $600: In addition to your ticket and contact details, enclose a copy of your Proof of Resident Social Security / Tax ID number.
For prizes over $600, please send the following:
- Completed original ticket
- Your daytime phone, email, and mailing address
- Copy of a government-issued photo ID
- Copy of your Proof of Resident Social Security / Tax Identification card
Virginia Lottery Claims
P.O. Box 1254
Richmond, VA 23218-1254
History of the Virginia Lottery
Virginia's current Lottery isn't its first - in fact, the Commonwealth has over 400 years of lottery experience. The Virginia Company raised 29,000 pounds in 1612 in the "Great Virginia Lottery" to help the Jamestown Settlement. Later, lotteries were used to raise funds for the establishment of the University of William and Mary as well as the University of Virginia.
The current Virginia Lottery was established by popular vote in 1987 and tickets went on sale in 1988. Proceeds originally went to a general fund for construction projects, but in 1999 lottery profits began to be allocated for educational initiatives.
Today, the Virginia Lottery brings smiles to millions of faces across the Old Dominion as players pick up amazing prizes and public education receives vital funding from lottery revenues. Nearly $10 billion has been allocated to K-12 initiatives in the Commonwealth since 1999 alone!
You need to be at least 18 years old to buy and redeem lottery tickets in Virginia.