How to Play in Virginia

Powerball and Mega Millions are really easy to play in Virginia because you can take part online. Play over the internet and you can even set up a subscription to make sure you never miss out. Here’s more about what you need to do.


Powerball drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night. Ticket sales cut off at 10:00 p.m. ET on the night of a drawing. Follow these steps to play Powerball in Virginia:

Once you have bought your ticket, wait for the next drawing to find out if you are a winner. You need to match all six winning numbers to get the jackpot, but you are guaranteed a prize if you match the Powerball or at least three of the five main white balls.

Monday's Est. Powerball Jackpot:

$102 Million

Mega Millions

Mega Millions draws are held on Tuesday and Friday nights. You have longer to get your tickets in, as sales do not stop until 10:45 p.m. ET. You can fill out a playslip at an authorized retailer or play online. This is how to play Mega Millions in Virginia:

You win prizes by matching the numbers you have picked to those that are drawn. You only need to get the same Mega Ball to win a payout, and prize values increase as you match more numbers. Just like with Powerball, the jackpot starts at $20 million and rises every time it is not won.

Tuesday's Est. Mega Millions Jackpot:

$279 Million

Additional Play Options in Virginia

The Virginia Lottery’s Auto-Renewal feature allows you to set a subscription running for either Powerball or Mega Millions and just leave it. Select your favorite numbers once and wait to find out if they win.

If you’re at a retail store, you also have the option to play a Future Draw on a special date in the future, or you can repeat a previous play so that you don’t have to fill out all your selections again.

You have to be at least 18 years old to play the lottery in the Old Dominion. If you win a prize, the deadline for claiming it is 180 days after the draw date. Winners of $10 million or more have been able to remain anonymous since 2019.

The Virginia Lottery

Among the state’s biggest winner are J.R. and Peggy Triplett of Winchester, who landed a state high $239 million on Mega Millions in February 2004. Virginia’s first Powerball winner was Dave Honeywell of Fredericksburg, who pocketed $217 million in February 2013 with a ticket he purchased at Richmond International Airport as he was preparing to fly out on a business trip.

Money raised from ticket sales goes towards prizes, operating expenses and retailer commission, with the rest going to support public education at all ages.