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Cornelius Harris of Norfolk will probably always remember Friday the 13th. That's the day he received a $4 million check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. Mr. Harris matched all six numbers in the April 12 Decades of Dollars drawing to become Virginia's first top-prize winner in that game.

Gloria Carter

Gloria Carter of Afton was home watching television. Her husband Bud had gone to bed. Suddenly she shouted upstairs, "Honey, come down. I've got to show you something!"


Decades of Dollars is nearing its end to make room for an exciting new game - Cash4Life® - with a chance to win $1,000 a day for life!

We will say farewell to Decades on 4/30 and welcome our newest game Cash4Life® on 5/3.

the name says it all

Imagine receiving $250,000 a year for 30 years! It could happen if you win Decades of Dollars, the Virginia Lottery game that pays year after year after year…..well, you get the point!

game play

  • Choose your own numbers on a playslip. Pick six separate numbers from 1 through 47. 
  • Or you can use a combination of these play methods - pick some of your favorite numbers and let the computer fill in the rest.
  • Draws are held every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m. 
  • Each Decades of Dollars play costs $2.


Match all six numbers drawn and you win $250,000 per year for 30 years or $4,000,000 cash! But that's not all - check out the chart below for all FIVE ways to win a prize in Decades of Dollars.

lottery distribution

Match Prize Chances
6 balls $250,000 per year for 30 years or $4,000,000 cash 1 in 10,737,573
5 balls $10,000 1 in43,649
4 balls $100 1 in 873
3 balls $10 1 in 50
2 balls free ticket 1 in 7.1
Overall chances of winning any prize: 1 in 6.2

play options

It's always great to have options, so mark the OPTIONAL PLAYS box on your playslip for any of the following.

  • Want to play the same numbers for more than one draw on a single ticket? Well, you can! A MULTI-DRAW ticket lets you play up to 26 consecutive draws on one ticket. Please keep in mind that the ticket price increases for each draw you add.
  • Thinking ahead to a special date? You can buy a ticket for one future draw date. It's called a FUTURE draw. Simply mark the OPTIONAL PLAYS box on your playslip and let the store clerk know which future draw date you have in mind.
  • Love those numbers so much you want them on more than one ticket? You can REPEAT your play and have the same numbers printed on more than one ticket up to 20 times.
  • Simply tell your store clerk which option you want when you present your playslip. Keep in mind that playing in more than one draw increases the ticket price by the number of draws you choose.

two chances to win per week

Decades of Dollars draws are held Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you play Decades of Dollars:

  • We stop selling Decades of Dollars tickets at 10:45 p.m. on draw nights - so get your tickets early!
  • Virginia's Decades of Dollars tickets cannot be canceled and all sales are final…sorry! We recommend using a playslip to ensure that your numbers are correct. 
  • When using optional plays, make sure you tell your clerk which option(s) you prefer – Multi- Draw, Future, or Repeat. 
  • Any winning tickets bought in Virginia must be redeemed in Virginia.

watch the draws!

You can watch Decades of Dollars Draws LIVE on Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m. by clicking the View Winning Numbers tab at the top of the page or by visiting us on You can even watch them later…draws stay on our site!

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