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The Washington D.C Lottery was created in 1982 with a mission to “provide District residents with financial benefits through the sale of lottery products and support of charitable organizations pursuant to gaming regulations”. The Washington DC Lottery has been able to do this by creating the General Fund and the Charitable Games Department which has provided residents with over $1.8 billion dollars since its inception. These funds have allowed the state to provide economic relief where needed along with supporting public services such as education and public housing. In the 2006 fiscal year, the Washington DC Lottery provided over $73 million to the General Fund, which was the largest single contribution the lottery has made since they started over 20 years ago.

The Charitable Games Department provides licensing to non-profit organizations to help raise money for special funding that would otherwise not be made available. The licenses provided to these organizations are for such things as bingo halls, raffle draws, pull tabs and Monte Carlo Night parties. Through these events, non profit organizations have been able to raise over $800 million collectively. These funds have been used towards housing, food, shelters and other necessities that the residents of the state need.

In addition to the money transferred over to these departments tha player are rewarded as well. A minimum of 50 percent of all revenue generated by a lottery ticket is used towards prizes for players. As a matter of fact, in 2006 the Washington D.C Lottery awarded a record breaking $146.6 million in prizes to players. This is the largest amount of winnings from all players the lottery has seen since they started.

As of to date, the state offers 7 different online games including the Powerball and scratch offs.

DC Lucky Numbers

The DC Lucky Numbers game is Washington D.C’s 3 digit numbers game available twice a day six days a week. Each ticket costs as little as $0.50 or $1 and has a maximum jackpot of $500 available to be won each draw.

To play simply choose three numbers from 000 and 999 as well as the time of day you want to play. You will than need to decide if you will be playing a straight, box, straight/box, combo, front pair, or back pair.

  • Straight – To win you must match all your numbers in the exact order that they were drawn.
  • 3- Way Box - 3 of the 4 digits is the same (2242 or 4414)
  • 6- Way Box - 2 of the 4 digits is the same (3344 or 4554)
  • Straight/Box - 3 Way - Match numbers exact order or boxed with two digits the same (121, 212)
  • Straight/Box - 6 Way – Match numbers exact order or in any order
  • Front Pair - Front three digits must match in exact order
  • Back Pair - Last three digits must match in exact order


DC-4 is played similar to the DC Lucky Numbers except you will need to choose four numbers instead of three. In additional to the extra number the jackpot also increases significantly for this game with a top prize of $5000 on a $1 straight wager. There are 11 different ways you can win and each ticket costs $0.50 or $1 to play. The DC-4 is available twice a day, six nights a week.

To play you will need to choose four numbers from 0 thru 9 and decide how you would like to play your ticket. You can wager on straight, box, straight/box, front 3, and back 3. You will also need to determine how much you would like to bet on each ticket and the time of day, since the game is offered twice daily.

  • Straight – To win you must match all your numbers in the exact order that they were drawn.
  • 4- Way Box - 3 of the 4 digits is the same (2242 or 4414)
  • 6- Way Box - 2 of the 4 digits is the same (3344 or 4554)
  • 12-Way Box - 2 of the 4 digits are the same (1321 or 3213)
  • 24- Way Box - All 4 digits are different (1234 or 5243)
  • Front Pair - Front three digits must match in exact order
  • Back Pair - Last three digits must match in exact order

Rolling Cash 5

Rolling Cash 5 is Washington D.C Lottery’s progressive jackpot with a jackpot starting at $20,000 each draw and increasing until it is won. Each ticket costs $1 and you can play up to 42 games in advance. To play Rolling Cash 5 you will need to select five numbers from 1 and 35. Once your ticket is printed it cannot be cancelled. If you match all five numbers during that night’s draw you win the jackpot. Rolling Cash 5 is held daily from Monday thru Saturday.

DC Daily 6

The DC Daily 6 gives players to chances to win for the price of one. Each ticket costs $1 and provides you with two lines and six numbers on each line. The jackpot available in this game is $25,000 and won by matching all six numbers. To play the DC Daily 6 players will need to select six numbers from 1 through 39. When selecting your numbers, you will only need to select one set per ticket purchased. The second line of numbers is randomly generated for you. The DC Daily 6 is held daily and to win you need to match all six numbers. This game also provides consolation prizes which can be won by the bonus number. After the first set of numbers are drawn each night the lottery will than choose the bonus ball from the remaining 33 numbers. In total there are seven different ways to win. The bonus number cannot be used to win the jackpot.

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