The state of Virginia is preparing to become one of the states in the U.S offering instant-win online lottery as of 1st July.
For quite a while, the state has been allowing people aged 18 and above to buy major draw online subscription tickets for games likes Powerball, Cash4Life, and Mega Millions. However, with the new legislation, passed last March, lotteries can now offer customers individual tickets for instant-win games.
Kevin Hall, Virginia’s Lottery executive, noted that they would be launching the new online service this coming July, which is when they are allowed to do so under current laws. He added that it is important to continue meeting their customers where they are: online.
The company’s plan is mainly to kick off with draw-tickets plus several instant-win products. It will add instant games and daily draws every few weeks until the year ends. Their digital games will have a resemblance to those of their counterparts, but with more exciting features that they would not have access to with paper tickets.
The new games will not be available on the state’s lottery app initially. But, the lottery is working around the clock to update its app to feature online play, although it is not expected to be ready by launch date. The need for an online lottery become clear after the COVID-19 broke out, which led to the closure of retail operators. Sales went down as a result of the lockdown.
Other states that had gone online before the pandemic, which include Kentucky, Georgia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, have been blowing their trumpets because of the success they have enjoyed over the past few days. Pennsylvania recently announced sales worth $1 billion in the last two years of operations, which convinced other States to follow this route.