Virginia Launches Online Lottery


The state of Virginia launched its online lottery just in time to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislators in Virginia had passed a lottery bill for online sales. The bill was in the works before the pandemic hit the state, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed the bill in March 2020. Casinos around the country closed down a week before the bill was signed, but Virginia’s online lottery was up and running less than a year later.

Lotteries are considered a form of gambling and are regulated by some governments. Many countries have passed laws ensuring that only state-run lotteries are legal. Non-state lotteries, on the other hand, are illegal in many countries. Therefore, there are many differences between online lotteries and traditional lotteries. Nevertheless, the benefits of online lottery sales far outweigh the risks. This article discusses several differences between online and offline lotteries and explains the legality of both.

Some online lottery sites require a download, but don’t worry. The major lottery sites are compatible with any standard internet browser. They feature world lotteries such as U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Australia, and Spain. Besides the standardized lottery sites, many online lottery websites also feature modest promotions. However, you should avoid playing the lottery on sites that require you to download proprietary gaming software. Instead, opt for a reputable lottery site that allows you to purchase lottery tickets online.