The Virginia Lottery Board announced that it has officially passed regulations that will oversee the gambling of casinos in the state, including the proposed casinos in Norfolk & Portsmouth.

NORFOLK, VA. – State lottery officials continue their plans for casinos and mobile sports betting in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Lottery Board announced on Wednesday that it has officially passed regulations that will oversee casino gaming in the state.

Lottery officials said the laws for planned land-based casinos apply in areas such as Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth. These locations were voted on in the elections in November 2020.

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This applies not only to casinos, but also to the recent launch of mobile sports betting, which was assigned to the VA Lottery Board by the General Assembly in 2020.

In addition, it has been proposed to open a fifth casino in Richmond, and officials said the November public vote is pending. However, an initial regulatory structure must be adopted by April.

“In the seven months since state law approved sports betting, the Virginia Lottery has developed responsible regulations, accepted and reviewed applications, and granted its first licenses to qualified operators,” said Kevin Hall, executive director of Virginia Lottery. “We have developed a regulatory program to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of legal sports betting in Virginia.”

Visit the Virginia Lottery website for more information.