Mega Millions, Powerball, and More in Virginia

Lottery tickets


The Virginia Lottery offers a variety of exciting games of chance, including Pick 3, Pick 4, Win for Life, Cash 5, Mega Millions and numerous instant scratch tickets. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery proceeds have been used to benefit public schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To play the Virginia Lottery, you must be 18 years of age or older. Drawings are broadcast on WTVR (Channel 6) in Central Virginia, WAVY (Channel 10) in Hampton Roads, WDBJ (Channel 7) in Southwest Virginia and WCYB (Channel 5) in the tri-state area.

Here is a summary of the games:

Instant Games

Virginia Lottery sells a variety of instant scratch games where you can win up to $1,000,000 any time of day. Fast Play Bingo is a quick game that you can win up to $10,000 on the spot.

Mega Millions

Jackpots start at $12 million and grow until someone wins. There are 9 ways to win the multi-state lottery. The game costs $1 per ticket. Players choose five numbers from 1 - 56 and one MegaBall number from 1 - 46. Players have the option of choosing their numbers or having the lottery system randomly select them. Drawings are held each Tuesday and Friday. Largest Virginia jackpot winner: $239 million: J. R. Triplett of Winchester on Feb. 20, 2004, drawing.


Jackpots start at $40 million. Choose your own numbers or play Easy Pick and let the computer choose your numbers. Select five different numbers from 1 through 59, then select one Powerball number from 1 through 35. Each play (six numbers) costs $2. Powerball draws are held Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Match all six numbers and you win the Powerball jackpot! There are nine ways to win a prize. The largest Powerball jackpot since Virginia joined the game was $336 million on February 11, 2012.

Win For Life

Top Prize: $1,000 per week for life. In this game, players pick 6 numbers from 1 through 42. Tickets cost $1. Virginia Lottery draws six numbers and a "Free Ball. To win the grand prize, you must match all 6 numbers. Fixed prizes are awarded for other matches. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m.

Decades of Dollars

Top Prize: $250,000 per year for 30 years or $4,000,000 cash! Choose your own numbers or let the computer select them. Pick six separate numbers from 1 through 47. Draws are held every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m. Each Decade of Dollars plays costs $2. Match all six numbers drawn and you win. There are five ways to win a prize.

Cash 5

Top Prize: $100,000. Players select 5 numbers. Every evening, the Virginia Lottery selects five winning numbers ranging from 1 to 34. To win you must match all of the numbers selected. You can play up to five sets of numbers. Cash 5 drawings are held twice daily, seven days a week. 

Pick 3, Pick 4

Top Prize: Pick 3 - $500, Pick 4 - $5000. Pick 3 and Pick 4 are daily drawings, held twice a day. Bets are $.50 or $1. This lottery game offers a straight or boxed option. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

To check for winning numbers, visit the Virginia Lottery website.

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