Virginia Lottery; repeals prohibition against sale of lottery tickets over the Internet. (HB896)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Lottery; repeal prohibition against sale of lottery tickets over the Internet; sports betting; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; penalties. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) to regulate sports betting. The bill prohibits the Lottery from issuing any permits to conduct sports betting until it has developed and published a consumer protection bill of rights. Before administering a sports betting operation, an entity is required to apply for a three-year permit and pay an application fee of $250,000. Permit holders must apply for renewal of a permit every three years, which includes a renewal fee of $200,000. The Director may issue from four to twelve permits at one time and is directed to issue an amount of permits that would maximize tax revenue collected pursuant to the bill. The Director also is authorized to issue a permit for a major league franchise to conduct in-person sports betting at a newly constructed facility. The bill prohibits betting on Virginia college sports and youth sports. It also prohibits in-play bets on all college sports. The bill prohibits betting by Lottery employees, permit holders and certain related persons, participants in athletic events on which the bet is placed, and persons under age 21. The penalty for engaging in prohibited betting is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill prohibits betting on the biometric data of an athlete and includes provisions for Lottery to investigate prohibited conduct, such as attempting to influence an athlete or the outcome of an athletic event. The bill directs the Lottery to establish a voluntary exclusion program, which would allow individuals to request that the Lottery exclude them from engaging in various kinds of betting activity. The bill allows the governing body of a sports league to request that the Lottery (i) limit or prohibit people from betting on events of the league that it governs and (ii) restrict the information sources used to resolve bets that are placed after a sports event has begun. The bill imposes a 20 percent tax on a permit holder's adjusted gross revenue, defined in the bill. The bill authorizes permit holders to carry over and deduct net losses for up to 12 months. The bill creates the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund, administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The Fund would be used to provide counseling to compulsive gamblers, implement problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, and provide grants to organizations that assist problem gamblers. The Fund would be funded by 2.5 percent of the revenue generated from sports betting. The remaining 97.5 percent of tax revenue generated from sports betting would accrue to the general fund. The bill authorizes the Lottery to sell tickets over the Internet. Under current law, it is prohibited from doing so. This bill incorporates HB 911. Read the Bill »


02/11/2020: In Committee


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103186D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/28/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20107059D-H1
01/30/2020Incorporates HB911 (Simon)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/04/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107404D-H2
02/05/2020Incorporates HB911 (Simon)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on General Laws substitute rejected 20107059D-H1
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20107404D-H2
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB896H2
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB896H2)
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (70-Y 27-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (70-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2020Passed House (69-Y 29-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage #2 (69-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.

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