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| The D.C. Lottery
||2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
|| .55 million
|Year Lottery Founded:
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|Instant Ticket Vendor:
August 17, 2005 - March 31, 2013
January 4, 2011 - December 31,
|| Instant, DC Lucky Numbers, DC-4, Hot Five, DC Daily 6,
DC Keno, Hot Lotto and Powerball.
||District of Columbia General Fund.
The countrys only
fully-developed municipal lottery, the D.C. Lottery opened for business in the
nations capital on August 25, 1982. The instant game Match 3 was the
first offering, and sales reached an impressive $15.8 million by September 30,
the end of the lotterys fiscal year.
Just one year after its launch,
D.C. introduced DC Lucky Numbers, its first draw game, two months ahead of
schedule. The three-digit daily game was followed by a four-digit version two
years later. In 1986, DC Daily Double became the first two-digit daily game in
the country. The multistate jackpot game Lotto*America was added in 1988. And
in another first for the industry, D.C. added mid-day draws to its daily games
in November 1992.
The Lotterys current draw games include Powerball,
Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, DC 3, DC 4, DC 5 and two monitor games, D.C. Keno and
Race 2 Riches. Fast Play instant games played through the lotterys retail
terminals are also offered.
Clearly no stranger to innovation, D.C. was on
the verge of becoming the first lottery in the United States to introduce
Internet gaming in 2011, until the project was finally shelved. The
Lotterys forward-thinking leadership had hoped to offer poker and other
games, outside the traditional lottery product, in order to provide strong
sales and revenue growth.
Although that project did not come to fruition,
D.C. is moving forward with the planned introduction of electronic instant
ticket vending machines.
D.C. Lottery revenues are sent to the citys
General Fund, so the Lottery remains a vital component in aiding the
citys economy, benefitting residents, commuters and tourists alike. The
General Fund supports services such as education, recreation and parks, public
safety, housing, and senior and child services.