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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
Lottery Director: Tracey Cohen (Interim Executive Director)
Year Lottery Founded: 1982
No. of Employees: 80
No. of Retailers: 436
Gross Sales FY 2016: $228,162,288
Per Capita sales : $424.42
Prize Return Instant (av):
Prize Return OnLine (av):
On-line Vendor: Intralot
March 30, 2010 - March 29, 2015
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 CY2018
March 9, 2018 DC Lottery Welcomes DC2 to Family of Numbers Games

News Archive for CY2016
August 15, 2016 Appeals Court Revives Former-D.C. Lottery Watchdog's Termination Suit
March 9, 2016 DC Lottery Retains MDB Communications as Agency of Record
March 4, 2016 DC Lottery Ranked Among Top 10 in Nation

News Archive for CY2015
November 23, 2015 RFP: Lottery Seeking Full-Service Advertising Firm
November 12, 2015 DC Lottery Back In the Paint With New Wizards Scratcher
August 8, 2015 2-2-2 Is The Hit Of The Summer For Dc-3 Players! $485,186 in total cash payout
May 12, 2015 Government of the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO Seeks Strategic Development Analyst
April 14, 2015 La Fleurs Moving Tribute to Buddy Roogow
April 11, 2015 Lottery Insider with Great Sadness, reports on the Passing of Buddy Roogow
March 27, 2015 'The Big Payback' Pays Players Back-Big Time!
January 31, 2015 Lottery Enters Into Scratch Ticket Contract


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