|Game||Draw Date||Results||Next Drawing Date|
|Powerball||07/12/2014||02-03-07-23-51, Powerball: 26, Power Play: 2||07/16/2014|
|MEGA Millions||07/11/2014||09-13-30-35-69, Mega Ball: 10||07/15/2014|
|Hot Lotto||07/12/2014||07-32-36-41-42, Hot Ball: 02||07/16/2014|
Many people believe that lotteries are something new that only appeared in this country 40 short years ago. However, lotteries in the United States have actually existed for quite some time and were actually used for the similar purposes that states use them today. For instance, lotteries were used during the Revolutionary War to fund the Colonial Army. The money was used to provide the troops with supplies and weaponry. After the war, the money left over from such lotteries was used to fix houses, buildings, and other elements in the towns and cities that had suffered damage due to the war. Today, more than half of the states in the United States have state run lotteries in order to generate additional revenue for the state.
The West Virginia Lottery began in 1984. The state lottery began when voters passed an amendment to the state constitution in this year. However, the first tickets for the games were not sold until January of 1986. These tickets were for an instant scratch off type game. In addition to the scratch off game, the West Virginia Lottery also introduced a televised wheel spin show where money was awarded to players. Following the airing of the television show, in November of 1986 West Virginia introduced its first online games. The initial online game was called Lotto 6/36. This was followed by other online games called the Daily 3 and the Daily 4 in February of 1987. In 1988, the West Virginia Lottery cancelled its televised wheel spin show. In its place they introduced a number instant win scratch off type games available at multiple retail locations throughout the state. This same year the West Virginia Lottery became one of the forerunners in the Multi-State Lottery Association and began offering tickets for the PowerBall.
The proceeds from the West Virginia Lottery are allocated to a number of different funds throughout the state. When the lottery initially began, the proceeds that remained after taking out the necessary money to operate the lottery and give payouts to winning players was placed into the General Fund for the state. However, this was changed in 1989. It was decided that lottery profits to funds that benefit education, tourism, and senior citizens. The West Virginia Lottery has given millions of dollars to grant PROMISE scholarships and aid in supporting elementary, secondary, and higher education. The proceeds are also used throughout the state for the support of senior citizens by matching the funds for Medicaid and in home health care. The proceeds also support tourism in the state by dedicating funds to operate the tourist toll-free information number and cooperative tourism advertising grants.
Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the winning number information on this web page, mistakes can occur. In the event of any discrepancies, West Virginia State laws and West Virginia Lottery regulations will prevail. Lottery data is provided for entertainment and informational purposes only. SuperMedia does not condone or encourage the practice of gambling by providing this information. If you or someone you love have a gambling problem, learn more through Gamblers Anonymous.
Jack Whittaker won the jackpot for the PowerBall is 2003. His win was the largest jackpot in West Virginia Lottery and PowerBall history. Instead of taking annuity payments over time, Jack and his then wife Jewell opted to take the payment in one lump sum. Jack walked into the office and collected a little shy of $114 million. Jack vowed that he would use the money for good deeds. He said he would share the money with a woman who worked in a local diner and served him breakfast in the morning. He also vowed that he would share some of his winning with the cashier who had sold him the ticket at the convenience store. In addition he said he would tithe ten percent to his church, donate money to the preachers their family was familiar with, and fund the construction of new churches throughout the country as a way to thank God for his financial downfalls. However, Jack’s story ends in tragedy. The money became more of a blessing that a curse. Although he did share his winnings the way he said he would with the lady from the diner and the clerk who sold him the winning ticket, he ended up poor in the heart. The money caused him to live a wild life, caused his wife to leave because he fell in love with a stripper, and caused his grand-daughter to die from a drug overdose because drugs became so easily accessible. Although Jack still has his riches, it does not matter to him because the effects of winning that money have left his family torn in shreds.
Any state that offers lotto-type games is responsible for drawing winning numbers to turn their players into winners. Making these numbers readily available to the public after the drawing is essential so that people have the best chance to collect on their winnings. Therefore, winning numbers are made available is publications such as the newspaper the day after they are drawn and on the local news when it airs on the television. You can find the winning West Virginia lottery numbers at Superpages.com and you can find more information at the official Website for the West Virginia Lottery.