Self-Exclusion From Sports Betting In VA

Since April 2020, residents and visitors to Virginia have been able to enjoy sports betting services. The state offers online and retail options, making it easy for sports fans to place a bet.

Top-rated operators like FanDuel and DraftKings provide services in the state, with options for wagers via mobile and desktop devices. Sports fans can wager on NFL games, MLB, NBA, golf, MMA, and much more throughout the year.

Part of the process of providing sports betting services is to offer information on responsible gambling. With easy access to sports betting, players may find themselves spending too much on bets or developing a gambling addiction.

To help, Virginia offers a self-exclusion program. Players can choose to voluntarily ban themselves from gaming, taking a break from the action.

Learn how to utilize the program below if you or someone you know needs assistance.

How Do I Get On A Self-Exclusion List In Virginia?

The Virginia Lottery is in charge of the sports betting industry, and they offer access to the exclusion program. Bettors have the option of excluding for two, five years, or a lifetime.

  • Lifetime Ban: To be excluded for the duration of your lifetime, the process must be completed in person. Call 1-804-692-7185 to schedule an appointment to complete the process.
  • Online Application: The Virginia Lottery also offers an online application and uses Docusign. Find the link for the application here: https://www.valottery.com/playingmatters/voluntaryexclusionprogram.
    • Fill out the form and choose to self-exclude for two years or five years. You must add your license information as well as a current photo of yourself.

What Will Happen After I Sign Up For A Self-exclusion List?

Within seven days of receiving the self-exclusion request, the Virginia Lottery will distribute the individual’s personal information to sports betting providers in the state.

The Virginia Racing Commission and the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs also receive the details.

While on the list, players are banned from taking part in account-based lottery games and any gambling options these organizations offer.

How Do I Get Off A Self-exclusion List In Virginia?

Players on the self-exclusion list must remain throughout the duration selected upon signing up. The Lottery automatically removes an individual once the period is completed.

If you wish to extend the self-exclusion period, contact the Lottery before the two or five years are up. Be sure to avoid gambling during the exclusion period. If you do and win, the prize money is forfeited.

What Will Happen After I Get Off A Self-exclusion List?

Once you are removed, you are free to place sports bets online and in-person in Virginia.

Self-Exclusion FAQ

How Do You Find Out If You Are Banned From A Sportsbook?

You should be automatically banned soon after filling out and submitting the application to the Virginia Lottery. You can contact the Lottery office to confirm or speak with a local sportsbook to double-check your information has been received.

How Do I Block Myself From Gambling Sites?

By filling out the online self-exclusion form, you are banned from online gambling sites. Operators also offer programs within their platforms for removal. Check with support of the sportsbooks you frequent online to find more information on operator-based self-exclusion options.

How Long Will I Be On The Self-Exclusion List?

Virginia allows players to ban themselves for two years, five years, or a lifetime. Each person is responsible for selecting how long their ban will last. 

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