District of Columbia Lottery General Information
District of Columbia Lotteries Drawing Days and Times
The following table lists the drawing schedule of all DC lottery games. Drawing times are local and approximate.
|Game||Draw Days||Draw Time|
|DC-3 Day||Everyday||2:15 p.m|
|DC-3 Evening||Everyday||8:15 p.m|
|DC-4 Day||Everyday||2:15 p.m|
|DC-4 Evening||Everyday||8:15 p.m|
|DC-5 Day||Everyday||2:15 p.m|
|DC-5 Evening||Everyday||8:15 p.m|
|Powerball||Wednesday and Saturday||11 p.m.|
|Mega Millions||Tuesday and Friday||11 p.m.|
|Hot Lotto||Wednesday and Saturday||10:40 p.m.|
Want to watch draws on TV? D.C. Lottery Draw Broadcast Times
District of Columbia Lottery Games - Types, Top Prizes, Odds
The following is a compact summary of each District of Columbia lottery game. It includes a brief description of how to play a game, the top
prizes/jackpots, and the odds of winning the top prize. You can click on a game name for detailed information.
|Game||Game Type||Top Pize||Top Pize Odds|
|DC-3||Select 3-digits 000 to 999||$500||1 in 1,000|
|DC-4||Select 4-digits 0000 to 9999||$5,000||1 in 10,000|
|DC-5||Select 5-digits 00000 to 99999||$50,000||1 in 100,000|
|Powerball||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 59 |
+ 1 Powerball number, 1 through 39
|1 in 195,249,054|
|Mega Millions||Select 5, 1 through 56 |
+ 1 Megaball number, 1 through 46
|1 in 175,711,536|
|Hot Lotto||Select 5 numbers, 1 through 39 |
+ 1 Hot Ball number, 1 through 19
|1 in 10,939,383|
Top prizes listed with "rollover" are the starting amount. The Jackpot prizes will grow after every draw until someone wins.
Pari-mutuel prize structure means players' winnings are determined by dividing the prize pool allocated for that winning category by the
number of winners.
District of Columbia Lottery General Rules and Regulations
The following are the most prominent rules and regulations that the player should be aware of before playing the District of Columbia lottery games.
- Players must be 18 years of age or older, but a person under 18 may receive a lottery ticket as a gift and be paid a
lottery prize pursuant to guidelines.
- The DC Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. You should sign the back of your ticket in ink and take
appropriate measures to safeguard it. Unless signed, anyone in possession of the ticket may file a claim.
- Tickets are ONLY available for purchase at authorized D.C. Lottery Agent Locations. Tickets are not sold by mail or through the Internet
- Please see also the District of Columbia Lottery FAQ page
Claiming Prizes of the District of Columbia Lottery
Here are the steps you have to follow if you are a lucky winner of any District of Columbia lottery,
- All prizes must be claimed within one year from the date of the drawing
- Agents may, and are encouraged to, redeem prizes up to $599.50.
- Prizes of $600 or more must be redeemed at the D.C. Lottery Claim Center or by mail. For prizes claimed at the D.C. Lottery
claim center winners will need to present two forms of identification, primary and secondary. A primary I.D. consists of a
driver’s license, military I.D. or other government issued photographic I.D. A secondary I.D. consists of a social security card,
major credit card, work I.D., insurance card, or government issued photographic I.D. Claimant must present proof of social
security number before claim can be processed. The D.C. Lottery claim center distributes prize amounts in the form of checks only.
- Winners claiming a prize of $5,000 or more are required to have their photograph taken in order to complete the claim process
and receive their Lottery prize.
- If you claim a prize of any amount by postal mail, please sign and mail the winning ticket along with a copy of your driver's
license, military I.D. or other government issued photographic identification and social security card or taxpayer identification
card to the D.C. Lottery Claim Center:
D.C. Lottery is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.
- Lottery winnings of $600 or more are reported to the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Federal regulations.
- For winnings of more than $5,000, the D.C. Lottery withholds both Federal and district taxes. Please see the
DC lottery FAQ page.
Where do the District of Columbia Lottery profits go?
The majority of the money is transferred to the General Fund for the District of Columbia. The General Fund supports services
such as education, recreation and parks, public safety, housing, and senior and child services.
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Information on Each District of Columbia Lottery Game
Further information on each District of Columbia lottery lottery game such as how to play, how to win, prizes, etc., is available on
this site at the following pages.
US-Lotteries.com is not in any way affiliated with the District of Columbia Lottery. The information listed here is just a summary of important facts
extracted from District of Columbia Lottery web site. The main purpose of US-Lotteries.com is to present statistics and analysis of winning numbers, plus, online
tools and calculators such as wheels and combinations generators. Click below to see the contents of the tools available for each game.