Players of Virginia Lottery games must be 18 years or older to buy tickets, which can be purchased at retailers throughout the state.
100% of the profits from Virginia Lottery games go toward funding the state's K-12 public education program. In the 2009 fiscal year, out of $1.3 billion in ticket sales, 32.1% was handed to the state for education funding, while 57.2% was returned to players in the form of prizes.
Prizes of $600 and less can be redeemed at any Virginia Lottery retailer. Prizes of more than $600 can be claimed at a Virginia Lottery Customer Service Center, located in the lottery's headquarters in Richmond, or at Harrisonburg, Farmville, Hampton, Abingdon, Roanoke and Woodbridge.
It is advisable as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket you should sign the back of the ticket, otherwise anyone in possession of a winning ticket may file a claim.
Winners have 180 days after the date of the draw in which to make their prize claim. By law unclaimed prize money goes to the state's Literary Fund, which helps to pay for school construction, renovation, and teacher retirement.
Prizes are not exempt from Federal tax, and by law, for prizes more than $5,000 won by US citizens Virginia Lottery must withhold 25% for Federal Income taxes, and 4% for Virginia State Tax. All prizes over $600 must be reported to Inland Revenue.