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

11VAC5-80-150. Advertising in general.

A. An advertisement for sports betting shall disclose the identity of the permit holder.

B. An advertisement for sports betting may not depict:

1. Minors, other than professional athletes who may be minors;

2. Students;

3. Schools or colleges; or

4. School or college settings.

Incidental depiction of nonfeatured minors shall not be deemed a violation of this subsection.

C. An advertisement for sports betting shall not state or imply endorsement by:

1. Minors, other than professional athletes who may be minors;

2. Collegiate athletes;

3. Schools or colleges; or

4. School or college athletic associations.

D. A permit holder shall not intentionally use characteristics of at-risk or problem bettors to target potentially at-risk or problem bettors with advertisements.

E. An advertisement for sports betting in published media shall (i) include information concerning assistance available to at-risk or problem bettors or (ii) direct consumers to a reputable source for such information. If an advertisement is not of sufficient size or duration to reasonably permit inclusion of such information, that advertisement shall refer to a website, application, or telephone hotline that does prominently include such information.

F. Any representation concerning winnings:

1. Shall be accurate and capable of substantiation at the time the representation is made;

2. Shall not mislead bettors about the outcomes of gambling; and

3. Shall not misrepresent the odds of winning.

G. An advertisement is misleading if it makes representations about average winnings without representing with equal prominence the average net winnings of all sports bettors.

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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