2021 State of the Commonwealth Report
In 1987, Virginia voters approved the state lottery, bringing legalized gambling to the Commonwealth. By 2021, Virginians could buy lottery tickets online, place sports bets on their phones, wager in historical horse racing parlors and play “gray machines” in convenience stores, restaurants and bars. Now, with casinos opening soon in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth, we discuss the benefits and costs of casinos in the Commonwealth.
Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy, Old Dominion University, "Part 4: Let It Ride: Casinos, Online Betting and the Future of Gambling in Virginia" (2021). State of the Commonwealth Reports. 61.