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About the DC Lottery

Our Mission:

To provide revenue-generating entertainment through the sale of innovative lottery products and promotions that directly benefits the residents and the economic vitality of the District of Columbia.

Where The Money Goes

Since the Lottery's inception in 1982, our total contribution has been over $1.8 billion to the District's General Fund. The DC Lottery's annual transfer to the General Fund remains a vital component in aiding the city's economy, thereby benefiting all residents of the District of Columbia, as well as suburban commuters and tourists. The General Fund supports services such as education, recreation and parks, public safety, housing, and senior and child services. The DC Lottery directly benefits our players by paying out more than 50 percent of annual sales in prize money, which totals more than $3 billion to date. We also directly benefit local businesses by providing commissions to retailers licensed to sell DC Lottery games and offering contracting opportunities. Over the past 30 years, the Charitable Games Division of the DC Lottery has issued more than 3,000 licenses to the organizations that have raised more than $123 million for food, education, housing, health care, and other basic needs and services for residents of the District of Columbia.

Who can play the DC Lottery

Players must be 18 years of age or older, but a person under 18 may receive a lottery ticket as a gift and be paid a lottery prize pursuant to guidelines found at DC Official Code § 3-1335 (2001).

Purchasing Lottery Tickets

Tickets are ONLY available for purchase at authorized DC Lottery Agent Locations, and NOT through the Internet.

DC- 3, DC- 4 and DC-5 tickets may be purchased up to seven consecutive days in advance for mid-day and evening drawings. POWERBALL®, Mega Millions® and HOT LOTTO® tickets may be purchased in advance for 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, and 20 consecutive draws.


Playing the lottery is a "fun investment vs. a financial investment," and as a member of the business and professional community, the DC Lottery recognizes its social responsibility to the players and the residents of the District of Columbia. The DC Lottery's "Play Responsibly" program provides a helpline and referral service for those who are or might be exhibiting compulsive gambling behavior. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem call the National Council on Problem Gambling help-line at 1-800-522-4700. Si usted tiene proglema de jugar complusivo llamar a 1-800-522-4700.

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