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The D.C. Lottery (official name District of Columbia Lottery & Charitable Games Control Board) is run by the government of Washington, DC, the capital of the US. The D.C. Lottery is a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Games offered include Hot Lotto, Powerball, DC Daily 6, DC-5, DC-4, Keno, Mega Millions, and numerous scratch tickets.
All D.C. Lottery games have a minimum age of 18.
In 2009, the Board proceeds were: 52.19% for prizes; 28.03% to DC's General Funds; 8.55% for contracts or other costs; 6.24% agents' commissions; and 4.99% administrative costs.
The Board licenses games of chance that are conducted by D.C.-based non-profit organizations. D.C., Virginia, and Maryland-based charities can offer raffles, with the provision that these drawings are held in the District of Columbia. Organizations seeking to conduct such fundraisers must obtain a license from the Board, with DC Lottery employees supervising the drawings to assure fairness.
DC Lucky Numbers
DC Lucky Numbers is a Pick 3 game drawn twice daily.
DC-4 also is drawn twice daily.
DC-5 is a game drawn twice daily in the style of DC Lucky Numbers and DC 4, with straight and box wagers. It is played in the same manner as Pennsylvania's Quinto.
DC Daily 6
DC Daily 6 is drawn once daily. It draws from 39 numbers; a bonus number is drawn from the remaining 33. The Bonus Ball does not apply to the top prize, which is $250,000. Each game is two plays for $1. The cutoff for sales is 7:45 pm daily; these tickets cannot be canceled.
Race 2 Riches (D.C. Keno)
Race 2 Riches (previously known as "D.C. Keno") drawings are every four minutes, from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. The top prize is $100,000, for matching 10 of the 20 numbers drawn. This game can be played at DC Lottery retailers that have a special monitor.
Hot Lotto (16 jurisdictions)
Hot Lotto, a MUSL game (see Powerball below) is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It is drawn Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hot Lotto draws five "white balls" numbered from 1 through 47, and the orange Hot Ball, numbered from 1 through 19. Jackpots begin at $1,000,000 (all-cash, and "taxes paid"), increasing by at least $50,000 if there is no top prize winner. Hot Lotto has an optional feature, called Sizzler (similar to the original version of Powerball's PowerPlay); it triples lower-tier prizes.
On May 12, 2013, the Hot Lotto game added eight "white balls" and increased most of the prize amounts; for example, second prize was increased from $10,000 to $30,000. The jackpot originally was paid in 25 yearly installments unless the cash option was chosen. On that day, the Tennessee Lottery became the newest member of Hot Lotto.
Mega Millions (45 members)
On January 31, 2010, most U.S. lotteries with either Mega Millions or Powerball began offering both games. The D.C. Lottery added Mega Millions on the cross-selling expansion date. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was over $650,000,000.
Powerball (multi-lottery game)
Main article: Powerball
Since 1988, the D.C. Lottery has been a member of MUSL, which created Powerball in 1992. Its jackpots currently start at $40 million. It is drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
On September 19, 2010, the D.C. Lottery had entered the wrong Powerball numbers into its computer system. Terminals read some losing tickets as winners, and vice versa. The Lottery revised its procedures to prevent such errors from recurring.
On January 31, 2010, most lotteries with either Mega Millions or Powerball began offering both games. The D.C. Lottery added Mega Millions on that date. The largest jackpot in Mega Millions so far was more than $640 million.
Lucky for Life (future)
In 2009, the Connecticut Lottery began Lucky4Life. The game became a regional game three years later, altering its name to Lucky for Life. In 2013, changes included a cash option for the top prize and the newly-created "lifetime" second prize.
In January 2015, Lucky for Life is expected to add the District of Columbia and Arkansas to become a quasi-national game, competing against Cash for Life, which began in June 2014 in New York and New Jersey.
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