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The D.C. Lottery
Address: 2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 645-8000
Fax: (202) 645-3683
Population: .55 million
Executive Director: Beth Bresnahan
Year Lottery Founded: 1982
No. of Employees: 80
No. of Retailers: 418
Gross Sales FY 2018: $210,255,485
Per Capita sales : $424.42
Prize Return Instant (av):
Prize Return OnLine (av):
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
August 17, 2005 - March 31, 2013
Advertising: MDB Communications
January 4, 2011 - December 31, 2012
Games Offered: Instant, DC Lucky Numbers, DC-4, Hot Five, DC Daily 6, DC Keno, Hot Lotto and Powerball.
Proceeds: District of Columbia General Fund.



The country’s only fully-developed municipal lottery, the D.C. Lottery opened for business in the nation’s 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 lottery’s 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 Lottery’s 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 lottery’s 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 Lottery’s 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 city’s General Fund, so the Lottery remains a vital component in aiding the city’s 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.


News Archive for CY2020

News Archive for CY2019
February 19, 2019 IGT Extends Agreement with the DC Lottery to Continue Providing Instant Ticket Games and Services
January 8, 2019 D.C. Council Puts Off Decision on Sole-Source Sports Betting Contract
January 8, 2019 D.C. Lottery Pushes for Existing Vendor to Take on Sports Wagering Contract

News Archive for CY2018
March 9, 2018 DC Lottery Welcomes DC2 to Family of Numbers Games


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