District of Columbia Lottery Games

GamePrize TypeNumbersSale Closes
DC-2 Mid-dayTop Prize2 from 0-91:49 pm.
DC-2 EveningTop Prize2 from 0-97:49 pm.
DC-3 Mid-dayTop Prize3 from 0-91:49 pm.
DC-3 EveningTop Prize3 from 0-97:49 pm.
DC-4 Mid-dayTop Prize4 from 0-91:49 pm.
DC-4 EveningTop Prize4 from 0-97:49 pm.
DC-5 Mid-dayTop Prize5 from 0-91:49 pm.
DC-5 EveningTop Prize5 from 0-97:49 pm.
PowerballJackpot5 from 1-69 + 1 from 1-269:45 pm.
Mega MillionsJackpot5 from 1-70 + 1 from 1-2510:45 pm.
Lucky for LifeTop Prize5 from 1-48 + 1 from 1-189:30 pm.

Game Schedule

DC-2 Mid-day1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.
DC-2 Evening7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.
DC-3 Mid-day1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.
DC-3 Evening7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.
DC-4 Mid-day1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.
DC-4 Evening7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.
DC-5 Mid-day1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.1:50 p.m.
DC-5 Evening7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.7:50 p.m.
Powerball10:59 p.m.10:59 p.m.
Mega Millions11:00 pm.11:00 pm.
Lucky for Life10:38 pm.10:38 pm.

*All times are displayed in District of Columbia local time.

Advance Draws

Number of consecutive draws each District of Columbia State Lottery games allows you to play:

GameAdvanced Draws
DC-2 Mid-dayup to 7
DC-2 Eveningup to 7
DC-3 Mid-dayup to 7
DC-3 Eveningup to 7
DC-4 Mid-dayup to 7
DC-4 Eveningup to 7
DC-5 Mid-dayup to 7
DC-5 Eveningup to 7
Powerballup to 20
Mega Millionsup to 20
Lucky for Lifeup to 20

Tax Information

District of Columbia Lottery Federal, and state tax withholdings on winnings for U.S. citizens or residents.

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $5,000State Tax9.0%
Over $5,000Federal Tax24.0%

If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or is not a US resident, District of Columbia Lottery tax withholdings on winnings are as such:

WinningsTax CategoryPercentage
Over $5,000State Tax0.0%
Over $5,000Federal Tax30.0%

About the District of Columbia Lottery

Lottery at District-of-Columbia has been a hit from the day it was established in 1982. During the opening week, it sold $3.5 million worth of tickets. After this first batch sold out, the administration ordered another 10 million.

DC Lottery, along with several other state lotteries, founded the Multi-State Lottery Association in 1987. The profits from the games get allocated between the expenses of the games and the DC General Fund of the state. Over the years, the Lottery’s Charitable games have supported NGOs and public causes related to education, safety, housing, etc.

The District-of-Columbia State Lottery offers a dozen of games. Tickets are available exclusively at your nearby retailers. The list of retailers, District-of-Columbia Lottery numbers, and game schedules are available on dclottery.com.

DC lottery allows advance purchasing of the tickets and using them in several consecutive draws, depending on the game. The legal age of buying a ticket within the state is 18 years old.


District of Columbia Lottery FAQ

Currently, more than a dozen games are available for District-of-Columbia State Lottery enthusiasts:

DC-2 - Choose two digits and one bet type out of six to win up to $50.

DC-3 - Pick three numbers, match them with nine different bids, and win up to $500.

DC-4 - Choose four digits out of nine and one of the 11 bid types. Win a prize of up to $5,000 and additional prizes in the range of $100 - $2500.

DC-5 - Pick five numbers and get the opportunity to win prizes anywhere from $25 to $50,000.

Drawings for the games above are held twice daily: mid-day and evening.

District-of-Columbia Lottery Powerball is an all-time favorite jackpot held twice a week. The prizes range from $4 to $1 mln.

District-of-Columbia Lottery Lucky For Life™ top winners continue receiving their winnings every day for life.

District-of-Columbia Lottery Mega Millions offers jackpots starting at $40 mln, and other prizes range from $2 to $1 mln. The chance to hit the jackpot comes twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11:00 pm ET. The game has a feature called Megaplier, which multiplies your winnings for an additional cost.

District-of-Columbia Lottery Scratch games are a fast and fun way to win up to $1 mln. Choose among the game tickets and scratch away.

Make sure that you do so within 180 days from the draw.

Review the District-of-Columbia Lottery results by checking the District-of-Columbia Lottery winning numbers online. Cash in your winnings using one of the methods below:

Mail the signed ticket to the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center.

Collect your prize in person at the office.

Depending on the amount you won, one of the following methods is also available:

Up to $600 - Office of Lottery and Gaming agent

$600 - $5,000 - Agent plus locations

District-of-Columbia Lottery winners should always have the signed tickets when claiming their winnings. Try not to lose or damage your tickets.

Your winnings may be subject to the following taxes:


Federal income

District of Columbia Lottery deductions

In case you won big, consider hiring a tax advisor and a lawyer. Also, make sure to report any prizes of $600 or more to the IRS.

The DC Lottery requires the publicity of its big winners. Staying anonymous is only possible if you receive the prize via a trust.

Download the District-of-Columbia Lottery app for iOS directly from the App Store or download the .apk file for Android from the company website.

Both apps allow you to use the District-of-Columbia Lottery ticket scanner to gather and store your District-of-Columbia Lottery Second Chance tickets until the next draw. Scan and redeem District-of-Columbia Lottery codes for another shot at winning.

The winning odds are highly dependent on the game and bidding type you choose.

You can watch all the draws on the dclottery.com website or its YouTube channel.

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