RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia Lottery reported that online gamblers have now won more than $2 billion, just over 2 years after online gambling was introduced.
According to the agency, more than 300,000 unique players have won prizes while playing online. The biggest win in the lottery’s short online history so far has been a McLean woman who won $2 million playing Powerball.
The majority of online wins have been with instant games, the biggest prize of which was a $295,806 Jungle Tumble Jackpots game won by a South Boston man. He is one of 31 players who have won prizes of $100,000 or more playing instant games.
As the popularity of online gambling grows, the more familiar method of purchasing lottery tickets at retail stores is far from struggling, according to Virginia Lottery. More than 5,300 businesses across Virginia earned more than $138.6 million in commissions and bonuses in fiscal year 2022.
“The convenience of playing online has really appealed to Virginia Lottery players as an additional way to play,” said Kelly Gee, executive director of the Virginia Lottery. “Our goal at Lottery is to provide the best possible customer experience, resulting in more sales and profits for our beneficiary – K-12 public education. Online sales contribute to both of these goals.