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The Virginia Lottery Board consists of citizens and residents of the Commonwealth. Board members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. And like all Virginia Lottery enthusiasts, the board members strive to keep the Lottery at the top of its game!
Fred P. Helm
Fred P. Helm

Fred P. Helm is Vice President & Counsel in the Richmond office of Kemper Consulting. Mr. Helm was appointed by Governor McDonnell for a five-year term ending in 2018.

Robert M. Howard
Vice Chairman

Robert M. Howard of Virginia Beach is CIO of Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Howard was appointed by Governor McDonnell in 2011 and reappointed by Governor McAuliffe for a five-year term ending January 2019.

hamid Ferhan
Ferhan Hamid

Ferhan Hamid of Merrifield is Managing Director & Co-Founder of Red Fort Strategies and the President & CEO of Hamid Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Hamid was appointed by Governor McAuliffe for a term ending January 2022.

cynthia d. lawrence
Cynthia D. Lawrence

Cynthia D. Lawrence of Roanoke is President and founder of DA, Inc. d/b/a PerformanceLink. Ms. Lawrence was appointed by Governor Kaine in 2006, reappointed by Governor Kaine in 2010, and reappointed by Governor McAuliffe in 2015 for a five-year term ending January 2020.


Scott A. Price

Scott A. Price of Alexandria is Director of Constituent Services on the staff of Sen. Mark Warner. Mr. Price was appointed by Governor McAuliffe for a five-year term ending in 2021.

The Virginia Lottery Board's powers are set forth in statute at Virginia Code § 58.1-4007. Among other powers, the Board is authorized to adopt regulations governing the establishment and operation of a lottery, including: lottery ticket prices, numbers and sizes of prizes, prize payment, frequency of drawings, and licensing of and compensation for sales agents. The board also hears appeals on the denial, suspension or revocation of retailers' licenses.

The Virginia Lottery Board holds regular public meetings. The meeting schedule is subject to change, based on board members' schedules and business to be conducted. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and are held at Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, 12th floor, Richmond, VA


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The Virginia Lottery has a long legacy of visionary leadership which continues with our current Executive Director, Paula Otto, and the Virginia Lottery Board, consisting of Virginia Citizens and residents appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. Together they ensure that integrity innovation and fun are at the heart of every choice, every game, and every player experience relating to the Virginia Lottery.

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Please view the video below to hear a message from our Chief Gamer.


meet the executive director

Executive Director Paula I. Otto

Paula I. Otto was a Virginia Lottery gamer long before the first ticket was sold in 1988. She was a member of the original team of people who worked to build the Lottery from scratch (literally and figuratively). The start-up team worked long hours to get the first shipments of tickets and games to retailers for that first day of sales. As the Lottery's first Director of Public Affairs, she was a prominent player, helping to shape and protect the Lottery's public image.

In 1997, Ms. Otto left the Lottery to accept a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University, eventually rising to the position of Associate Director of the School of Mass Communications. Eleven years later, in February of 2008, she was tapped to lead the Lottery as Executive Director in its 20th birthday year – and beyond.

With the unique experience of having been there at the start, Ms. Otto understands how the Lottery occupies a place in Virginia's infrastructure that straddles a line between government and business. Since taking over as Executive Director, she has fostered strategic planning within the organization to optimize the amount the Lottery raises for Virginia's K-12 public schools, while maintaining the Lottery's reputation for integrity, innovation - and best of all - fun!

Ms. Otto grew up in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and earned a master's degree in Public Communication from American University. She worked as a television news anchor in West Virginia and later with WTVR-TV in Richmond before joining the Lottery. She and her husband Dan live in Hanover County. If asked what her feelings towards the Lottery are, she'll likely reply, "I'm game!"

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Letter from the Chief Gamer
October 2016

On behalf of the Virginia Lottery, I’d like to personally welcome you to our website.

It’s no secret that at the Virginia Lottery we’re all about fun and games. That’s what our brand embraces: We’re Game! But there’s so much more that you might not realize.

The reason the Virginia Lottery exists is to generate funds for K-12 education in the Commonwealth. We’re not the only source of funding for schools – Lottery funds make up about 8 percent of what Virginia spends each year on K-12 education. The rest comes from other sources. But that 8 percent is incredibly important: $588 million last year. That’s the amount of Lottery profits from the sale of tickets. It’s by far the largest amount we’ve ever generated for schools, and you can bet we’re proud of it!

To see where all lottery money goes, click here.

There are other ways in which the Virginia Lottery benefits education. Each year we present the Super Teacher Awards to eight superstar educators in the Commonwealth. Last May during Teacher Appreciation Week, we started the Thank a Teacher Campaign in which people send thank-you notes to Virginia teachers. Look for it again in May 2017. And of course, every time you play a Virginia Lottery game, win or lose, you’re helping education in the Commonwealth.

I was at the Lottery when the first ticket was sold in 1988. Since then I’ve watched as the Lottery has become a regular part of many Virginian’s lives. Today, about 1 in 3 adult Virginians play regularly (at least once a month) and 1 in 2 Virginians say they’ve played within the past 12 months.

I’ve also seen a lot of changes in that time. Lottery games are much different than they were in 1988. Technology is evolving, jackpots are growing past the billion-dollar mark, consumers expect greater ease and availability. Today, through programs like eXTRA Chances and other offerings, you can win a major prize even if you don’t have a winning ticket.

There’s so much going on at the Virginia Lottery. I hope you’ll take a few moments to explore this site. There’s a lot of great information in addition to the winning numbers – but of course, we have that too! Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Here at the Virginia Lottery, there’s no doubt that We’re Game. Are you?


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