(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Virginia Lottery Goes Mobile

Can Now Buy Draw Games On Your Phone...In Certain Places

May 06, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Saying that is where the customers are, The Virginia Lottery is taking its draw games like Powerball and MegaMillions mobile.  Customers will be able to buy game tickets on their phone or tablet, provided they are in range of a lottery retailer's bluetooth signal.

The Lottery is also adding some e-games as well.  Players will need to create a profile and add money to their account.  Because the it is done via bluetooth, the lottery says they are no running afoul of recent federal guidance against online lotteries.  The Lottery says what you are really doing with the app is letting your phone stand in line at the store.

The mobile gaming has had a soft launch, but goes statewide with the MegaMillions drawing Tuesday.  It does have protections build in to ensure players are 18 years or older.