About the District of Columbia Lottery
Tickets for the District of Columbia lottery first went on sale on Wednesday, August 25, 1982. Within days of going on sale, the 700 authorized lottery agents had sold all of the 10 million 'Match 3' instant tickets that were available, causing another 10 million to be ordered. Less than two months later the DC lottery announced it had sold more than 18.7 million lottery tickets and the benchmark for the lottery's success had been set.
The DC lottery was the subject of much controversy in September 2010, when it accidently sent an incorrect winning Powerball number to lottery agents in the area. The number sent out was 14, when the actual winning number drawn was 13. Generously the District of Columbia lottery honored the players who had 'won' with 14.
DC-4 and DC-5 are the most common single state lottery games on offer in the District of Columbia, with both being drawn seven days a week at midday and in the evening, at 8:15p.m. DC-4 features eleven ways to win and a top prize of $5,000, which is very impressive considering a ticket costs just $0.50 or $1 and players have to pick just four numbers. DC-5 is considerably bigger and includes 120 ways to win and a top prize of $50,000. Again, a DC-5 lottery ticket costs just $0.50 or $1, but players must choose five numbers to stand a chance of winning.
The DC lottery also offers the four larger multi state lotteries in the form of Powerball, Hot Lotto, Mega Millions and the latest addition Lucky For Life. Powerball has been available to DC lottery players since its creation in 1992 and has made many DC winning number holders into millionaires, with its guaranteed jackpot of $40 million. Mega Millions was only added to the list of DC lotteries in January 2010. The most recent addition, Lucky For Life, is a growing multi state game which offers players the chance to win $1,000 a day for life.
Proceeds from the District of Columbia lottery games are given to the District's General Fund, which allocates money to a range of different causes including education, recreation, public safety, housing and senior and child services. To date a total of over $1.5 billion has been raised from the proceeds of lotto ticket sales.