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Virginia State Lotteries Laws

State lotteries are used to raise revenue for state coffers, often for education funding. Lotteries are games of chance with mostly cash prizes, which are heavily regulated. Virginia state lottery laws earmark revenues specifically for public education, with a mandate that administration and operating costs do not exceed 10 percent of total revenue. Lottery winnings are subject to garnishment for nonpayment of child support obligations.

The basics of Virginia state lottery laws are detailed in the following table, with links to related articles.

Code Section 58.1-4000, et seq.
Distribution of Lottery Revenue Operating costs and administration not to exceed 10% (with special reserve fund); rest to general fund solely for purpose of public education
Additional Purpose of Lottery -
Lottery Prize Subject to Garnishment Unpaid child support obligations and payment of public assistance owed by individual
Time Limit to Claim Prize/Disposition 180 days/paid into Literary Fund (prizes of less than $25 go into state lottery fund)
Prohibited Related Activities Sale over fixed price; sales to minors; altered/forged tickets

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Virginia gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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