Virginia Lotto releases sports betting regulations for public comment

The Virginia Lottery has released the full draft of sports betting regulations for public comment, with the document incorporating the initial regulations regarding consumer protections and a ‘Sports Bettor’s Bill of Rights’ as well as the application process that was previously released on July 15.

With the Virginia Lottery Board accepting public comments through September 9, the proposed released regulations touch on topics which include operations, internal controls and enforcement. 

The full regulations can be viewed at the Virginia Lottery website, with those interested in submitting feedback on the regulations prior to the close of the public comment period in September able to do so by accessing the Lottery General Notice at

Kevin Hall, Virginia Lottery Executive Director, stated: “The Virginia Lottery takes very seriously its role assigned by the General Assembly to appropriately and responsibly regulate sports betting in the Commonwealth. The regulatory framework we are building now is vital to the process, and we are committed to doing so with transparency to allow stakeholders and the public to weigh-in on these preliminary rules-of-the-road for sports wagering in Virginia.”

The deadline for the board to approve final sports betting regulations is September 15 with license applications set to be accepted in early October, following which licensed mobile platforms could begin offering the first legal wagers on sports, with a date of January 2021 being touted for its debut.