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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 5. Virginia Lottery Board
Chapter 80. Sports Betting Consumer Protection Program
3/3/2024

11VAC5-80-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Board" means the Virginia Lottery Board established by the Virginia Lottery Law.

"Department" or "Virginia Lottery" means the Virginia Lottery Department, the independent department that pursuant to § 58.1-4031 of the Code of Virginia is responsible for the operation of the Commonwealth's sports betting program set forth in Articles 1 (§ 58.1-4000 et seq.) and 2 (§ 58.1-4030 et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia.

"Director" means the Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery or the director's designee.

"Individual" means a human being and not a corporation, company, partnership, association, trust, or other entity.

"Permit holder" means a person who has been issued a permit by the director to operate a sports betting platform.

"Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, cooperative, limited liability company, trust, joint venture, government, political subdivision, or any other legal or commercial entity and any successor, representative, agent, agency, or instrumentality thereof.

"Player" or "sports bettor" means an individual physically located in Virginia who participates in sports betting.

"Sports betting" means placing wagers on professional sports, college sports, sporting events, and any portion thereof, and includes placing wagers related to the individual performance statistics of athletes in such sports and events. "Sports betting" includes any system or method of wagering approved by the director, including single-game bets, teaser bets, parlays, over-under, moneyline, pools, exchange wagering, in-game wagering, in-play bets, proposition bets, and straight bets. "Sports betting" does not include (i) participating in charitable gaming authorized by Article 1.1:1 (§ 18.2-340.15 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 18.2 of the Code of Virginia; (ii) participating in any lottery game authorized under Article 1 (§ 58.1-4000 et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia; (iii) wagering on horse racing authorized by Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia; (iv) participating in fantasy contests authorized by Chapter 51 (§ 59.1-556 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia; (v) placing a wager on a college sports event in which a Virginia public or private institution of higher education is a participant; or (vi) placing a wager on sports events organized by the International Olympic Committee.

"Sports betting law" means Article 2 (§ 58.1-4030 et seq.) of Chapter 40 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia.

"Sports betting platform" means a website, mobile application, or other platform accessible via the internet or mobile, wireless, or similar communications technology that sports bettors use to participate in sports betting.

Statutory Authority

§§ 58.1-4007, 58.1-4015.1, and 58.1-4030 through 58.1-4047 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 4, eff. October 12, 2020.

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