The lottery also reported that it achieved its goal of increasing its internal spending on women and minority owned small businesses to 38% of its total spending, and increased its goal for the current fiscal year to 42%.

During the meeting, the Virginia Lottery Board approved the “Emergency Casino Regulations,” which will serve as a placeholder for the final document governing the stationary casinos to be built across the state.

The governor is expected to enact the regulations in the next two months, but no casinos are close to operating yet – the goal is to give them a framework for planning their services.

Voters in four cities – Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth – approved casinos in local referendums in November. Richmond could hold a referendum on a potential casino next November.

The document covers security procedures, tax payments and other regulatory issues. There is an issuance fee of $ 15 million to obtain a license to operate a casino and every employee who works there must be given a background exam, with some roles requiring more extensive criminal checks.

The documents showed that slot machines in casinos in Virginia will have an average payout of between 89% and 94%.

Virginia’s fifth sports betting provider also went online on Wednesday. Caesars, who will operate a casino in the state, launched its mobile betting operation in partnership with global sports betting company William Hill.