Published: September 26, 2023

Virginia Lottery celebrates its 35th Birthday

Happy 35th Birthday to us! Earlier this week, Virginia Lottery employees gathered to celebrate three and a half decades of service to the Commonwealth and our ongoing mission of raising funds for K-12 public schools. (A mission that's raised $12 BILLION for K-12 public schools since 1999! ? )

"It was 35 years ago this week – September 20, 1988, to be exact – the Virginia Lottery sold its very first ticket: the $1.00 Match 3 ticket with a $5,000 top prize. Since then, we have expanded upon the fun and entertainment we provide for adult Virginians by offering everything thing from $1.00 to $50.00 Scratchers, a variety of daily draw games, multi-state games and eInstants. We also have the huge responsibility of regulating sports betting and casinos.

One thing that has remained constant for 35 years is the dedication of Virginia Lottery employees. Our core values aren’t something we just talk about, we live them: Integrity, Innovation, Customer Focus, Collaboration and Empowerment."

~ Tony Russell, Virginia Lottery Interim Director

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