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West Virginia Lottery
Address:
900 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 25302
Internet: www.wvlottery.com
E-mail Address: mail@wvlottery.com
Phone: (304) 558-0500
Fax: (304) 558-2555
Population: 1,819,777
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Alan Larrick
Year Lottery Founded: 1986
Sales FY 2015: $1,164,003,996 Million
Number of Employees: 102
Retailers: 1,475
Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH
On-line Vendor: GTECH
VLT(s) Aristocrat, IGT, Spielo, Summit, WMS, Bally, Konami, Scientific Games.
Advertising: Fahlgren Inc.
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Daily 3, Daily 4, Cash 25, Keno, Instant Games.
Beneficiaries: Education, Senior Citizens and Tourism
Jurisdiction: State of West Virginia


Background Information

 

West Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery in November 1984. The West Virginia Lottery began ticket sales with an instant game on January 9, 1986. The game was so successful that sales reached $53 million after just six months
The Lottery’s first draw game, Lotto 6/36, was introduced in November 1986. It was followed in short order by Daily 3 and Daily 4 in February 1987. The multistate Lotto*America joined the mix in 1988, replacing the state’s own lotto game. Fast-draw keno made its debut as Travel in 1992.
The current draw games offered by the West Virginia Lottery include Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Cash 25, Daily 3 and Daily 4. Fast-draw keno is also offered at select locations
A sneak peak at the West Virginia Lottery’s future came in 1990, when a limited test of video lottery terminals began at Mountaineer Park, one of the state’s four racetracks. They were successful enough that the program was expanded in 1994 with the Racetrack Video Lottery Act, subject to local voter approval. Three tracks were up and running with VLTs in 1994 after voters gave their ok; the fourth, Charles Town, installed VLTs in 1997
VLTs were expanded outside racetracks in late 2001 after the legislature outlawed gray machines, which had expanded exponentially over the years providing no revenue to the state. The “limited video lottery” program essentially replaced those machines with up to 9,000 VLTs in bars and clubs licensed by the Lottery.
In response to increasing competition outside its borders, the legislature authorized table games at the racetracks in 2007, again subject to local approval. All four tracks currently offer the games in addition to VLTs. The West Virginia Lottery was the first American lottery to run table games in addition to gaming machines.
The Lottery also oversees a limited number of casino games at the Greenbrier Resort; the games began there in 2009.
Originally, Lottery profits were transferred to the state’s General Fund. In 1989, lawmakers dedicated lottery profits to programs benefitting education, senior citizens, and tourism. Millions of dollars have since been provided for elementary, secondary, and higher education, including PROMISE scholarships. Matching funds for Medicaid as well as the costs of in home health care and senior support services are also funded from lottery revenue. In addition, lottery funds support the state’s toll-free tourist information number and the cooperative tourism advertising grants.

 

News Archive for CL2017
June 19, 2017 WV Lottery Revenue Expected to Top $1 Billion Despite Slow Pace
April 11, 2017 WV Lottery Director to Step Away from His Law Firm for the Term of His Tenure to Avoid Any Conflict Issues
February 5, 2017 West Virginian Lawmaker Pushing for More Video Lottery Machines
January 29, 2017 Expansion of Casino Gaming in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland Has Negatively Affected West Virginia Profits
January 15, 2017 Governor-elect Appoints West Virginia Lottery Director
January 14, 2017 West Virginia Governor-Elect Announced the Acting Director of the State Lottery Will Lead the state Department of Administration
January 9, 2017 West Virginia Lottery Celebrating 31 Years
January 9, 2017 West Virginia Lawsuit Claims Smoking Ban Exceeds Health Department Powers


News Archive for CL2016
December 15, 2016 WV Lottery Officials Ponder Impact of New D.C. Casino on Falling Lotto Profits
October 20, 2016 Moody's Assign A1 to West Virginia SBA's $20.9M Lottery Capital Improvement Rev. Bonds, Ser. 2016B
September 22, 2016 WV Lottery Revenue Continued an Ongoing Decline in August
August 23, 2016 Large Powerball and MegaMillions Jackpots Push West Virginia Lottery Revenues Up
August 19, 2016 State Officials Must Find Additional Revenue Sources to Offset Gambling Revenue Losses
July 29, 2016 Video Lottery Decline at the State’s Four Racetrack Casinos Drag WV Lottery Revenues Down $27 Million
July 12, 2016 Gambling in Bordering States Has West Virginia Lottery Officials Concerned About Dwindling Revenue
July 11, 2016 Attorney General Says Fantasy Sports Betting is Legal in WV
June 25, 2016 West Virginia Lottery Revenues Top the $1 Billion Mark for the 14th Consecutive Year
May 20, 2016 Call to Amend Limited Video Lottery Bill
April 5, 2016 Daily3 Players Have Record Setting Day
April 1, 2016 Governor Vetoes Lottery Winners Anonymity Bill
March 23, 2016 Lottery Anonymity Bill Awaiting Action from Governor
March 1, 2016 Lottery Officials Oppose HB 4505 (Winner Anonymity Bill)
January 20, 2016 West Virginia Lottery Names Deputy Director of Marketing
January 3, 2016 LVL Proposal Would Increase the Maximum Number of Lottery Machines Allowed at Selected Venues


News Archive for CL2015
December 2, 2015 New Video Lottery System Coming to West Virginia in 2018
November 20, 2015 Lottery Revenue Dips for Start of Fiscal Year
October 30, 2015 John Myers Appointed Acting Director of West Virginia Lottery
October 8, 2015 Lottery Veteran John Musgrave Announces Retirement
July 21, 2015 Lottery Achieves 13th Consecutive Year Of Sales Above The Billion Dollar Mark
June 29, 2015 West Virginia Lottery has Generated More than $1 Billion in Revenue
May 28, 2015 Lottery Figures Down in Comparison to Previous Year
March 2, 2015 Senator Looks at Virginia Border as Shining Revenue Light


News Archive for CL2014
November 30, 2014 Lottery Cannot Support an Industry that is Failing
September 24, 2014 Lottery Commission Fines Video Lottery Venues Posing as Fraternal Lodges
July 25, 2014 Lottery Commission Takes Additional Action against Operator Violations
July 22, 2014 Lottery Profits Fall $54 Million
July 22, 2014 Lottery to Look at Non Compliance of LVL Operators
July 22, 2014 Lottery Looks to the Introduction of New Games to Spur Sales
May 31, 2014 Lottery Revenues Behind Pace
February 27, 2014 West Virginia Lottery Revenues Down Eight Percent Year-to-Date
February 3, 2014 Lottery Reaches Out to Players with New APP
January 6, 2014 West Virginia Lottery Celebrates its Birthday by Awarding Players

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