The DC Lottery was introduced in 1982, achieving a remarkable $3.5 million in ticket sales during its inaugural week. The inaugural game, named Match 3, sold out all 10 million tickets in a matter of days. Notably, the DC Lottery holds a significant status as one of the pioneering members of the Multi-State Lottery. In 1987, the consortium launched Lotto America, now recognized as Powerball. Subsequently, in 2010, the District of Columbia embraced Mega Millions draws as well.
From its establishment, the DC Lottery has played a pivotal role in contributing to the district's general fund. This financial support fuels various vital city services, encompassing education, parks, and housing. In the District of Columbia, individuals must be at least 18 years old to purchase lottery tickets, yet minors can receive and claim prizes for gifted lottery tickets.
Is it possible to purchase lottery tickets ahead of time?
Absolutely, you have the option to buy tickets in advance for all the available lottery games in the District of Columbia. For more information, refer to our Advanced Draws section.
Where and how can I retrieve my DC Lottery winnings?
For prizes of up to $600, you can claim your winnings at any DC Lottery office or designated prize center. If your prize ranges from over $600 up to $5,000, you have the option to claim it at the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center or at any Retailer Plus location. Prizes exceeding $5,000 can solely be claimed at the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center or by mailing a signed ticket to the center. It's important to note that all prizes can be claimed via mail using this method. Before proceeding to claim substantial lottery winnings, it's advisable to seek guidance from a legal professional or financial advisor to navigate the claim process effectively.
Are DC Lottery winnings subject to taxation?
Winnings attained through the DC Lottery within the District of Columbia might be subject to both local and federal income taxes. It's important to note that winnings exceeding $600 are reported to the IRS. Furthermore, the DC Lottery applies tax withholding to specific prize categories.
What is the procedure if my ticket is lost or stolen?
The DC Lottery bears no responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen tickets. It's crucial to keep your tickets secure. To establish ownership in case of loss, it's advisable to sign your ticket.
Is it feasible to buy tickets through mail, phone, or online?
In the District of Columbia, you have the option to purchase tickets from authorized lottery retailers. Additionally, online play is available for games including DC-3, DC-4, DC-5, Lucky for Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions.
Where are the funds from the DC Lottery allocated?
A significant portion of the funds derived from the lottery is channeled into the district's general fund. This fund plays a crucial role in sustaining vital services such as education, recreation and parks, public safety, housing, and support for seniors and children. Moreover, a portion of the funds is directed towards covering administrative and operational expenses related to the lottery.
What is the minimum age requirement to participate in the District of Columbia Lottery?
To purchase lottery tickets in the District of Columbia, individuals must be aged 18 or older.
Which lottery games are available in the District of Columbia?
Residents of the District of Columbia can participate in various lottery games, including Mega Millions
, Lucky for Life
, Powerball, DC-2, DC-3, DC-4, and DC-5.
What is the timeframe for claiming my winnings?
To claim your lottery winnings, you have a window of 180 days from the date of the draw.
Is it possible to maintain my anonymity if I win a lottery prize?
Unfortunately, no. The DC Lottery discloses your name, winnings, the game you played, and your residential location to the public.