VIRGINIA 4D has been running since 1992, following the rebranding of Lotto*America. The first ever draw of VIRGINIA 4D was held on April 22, 1992. Since then, the VIRGINIA 4D has expanded rapidly and is now sold in 47 US states and territories and has a minimum jackpot of $40 million.
Draws are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59 p.m. (EST) and there are five winning numbers drawn from a pool of 69 balls, as well as one extra ball called the Powerball. If you're lucky enough to match five numbers and the Powerball, then you'll hit the jackpot, just like the many winners over the years. Be sure to visit this page after the latest draw for the most recent Powerball lottery results, to find out if you're one of those lucky people.
One funny story concerning the VIRGINIA 4Ddraw came in March, 2005 when 110 players matched all five winning numbers, minus the VIRGINIA 4D (22, 28, 32, 33 and 39). The VIRGINIA 4D lottery officials, who were understandably suspicious, paid out nearly $20 million. It soon came to light that a biscuit company from New York named Wonton Food had printed six numbers to go in their fortune cookies and these numbers really had proved to be lucky, as they were the five Powerball numbers, minus the Powerball! Unfortunately for the 110 players, they were just two off the Powerball number of 42, as the number 40 had been predicted in the fortune cookies.
Winning Powerball numbers can be claimed for up to a year after the draw date, but this can vary, depending on which state the lottery ticket was bought in. The revenue created by Powerball tickets is used by each state in whichever way that they choose, with education sectors often benefiting from the profits.