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Where The Money Goes

pie chart showing distribution of revenues from DC Lottery

Since the Lottery's inception in 1982, our total contribution has been over $1.6 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. We also directly benefit local businesses by providing commissions to retailers licensed to sell DC Lottery games and offering contracting opportunities.

Percentage of Proceeds Goes to
54.31% Prizes
26.83% Transferred General Fund
7.32% Contracts and Other Costs  
6.37% Agent Commissions
5.15% Administrative Costs

Distribution of Proceeds for fiscal year ending September 30, 2011