Who can play the DC Lottery? Can I purchase tickets in advance? Which Radio/TV Stations broadcast the lottery drawings? Where does the money generated by the Lottery go? How do I claim a prize? And, can winners remain anonymous? What happens if I should die prior to receiving all my lottery winnings? What happens to unclaimed prizes? Are lottery prizes taxable? How much tax will I have to pay on my winnings? Are there any other deductions withheld? How can I get another copy of my IRS Form W-2G? Can more than one person share a prize? What happens if I lose a winning ticket? Can lottery tickets be purchased by mail or through the Internet? Does the lottery offer Second Chance Drawing assistance to the visually impaired?How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request?
Who can play the DC Lottery?
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 found at DC Official Code § 3-1335 (2001).
Can I purchase tickets in advance?
YES. DC3, DC4 and DC5 tickets may be purchased up to seven consecutive days in advance for mid-day and evening drawings. POWERBALL®, Mega Millions® and HOT LOTTO® tickets may be purchased in advance for 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, and 20 consecutive draws.
Which Radio/TV Stations broadcast the lottery drawings?
For draw broadcast and final sale times, please review DC Lottery's Draw Broadcast Schedule.
Where does the money generated by the Lottery go?
Money generated by the DC Lottery is used for the operation, administration, and capital expenses of the games operated and licensed by the DC Lottery. The majority of the money is transferred to the General Fund for the District of Columbia. More information.
How do I claim a prize? And, can winners remain anonymous?
Please visit our claim prize area for instructions on claiming your DC Lottery prize.
In the District of Columbia, specific lottery winner information is public record.
What happens if I should die prior to receiving all my lottery winnings?
Lottery winnings are payable to the winner's designated beneficiary or estate. In some cases, for the POWERBALL® game, the estate may petition the DC Lottery's Executive Director for the acceleration and lump sum payment of the remaining prize amount at current market value.
What happens to unclaimed prizes?
All prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the date of the drawing, 180 days from the official close of an instant Scratch ticket game or a lesser period authorized by the Executive Director for bonus games or drawings. Unclaimed prizes are transferred to the to the General Fund of the District of Columbia.
Are lottery prizes taxable?
DC Lottery winnings paid to residents of other jurisdictions may be subject to Federal income taxes and to state and local taxes, depending on the requirements of the resident jurisdiction. 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 DC Lottery withholds 25 percent of lottery winnings for Federal income taxes. Federal tax withholding rates are subject to change in accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations.
DC Lottery winnings paid to DC residents may be subject to District of Columbia (District) taxes, depending on winnings. Lottery winnings that exceed $600 are reported to the District Office of Tax and Revenue in accordance with District regulations. For winnings of more than $5,000 the DC Lottery withholds 8.95 percent of lottery winnings for District income taxes. District tax withholding rates are subject to change in accordance with DC Tax and Revenue regulations and District Law.
DC Lottery winnings paid to non-DC residents of more than $5,000 may be subject to Federal income taxes and to state and local taxes depending on the requirements of the resident jurisdiction.
DC Lottery winnings paid to a foreign person are subject to 30 percent withholding under sections 1441(a) and 1442(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and are reportable to the Internal Revenue Service.
How much tax will I have to pay on my winnings?
All lottery winnings are considered income and as such are taxed according to the applicable Federal, District, state and local laws. The lottery cannot estimate your tax responsibility or answer questions about Federal, District, state or local exemptions or tax calculations. You may want to consult a tax professional, government tax office, financial adviser or other appropriate professional for answers to your tax questions.
Are there any other deductions withheld?
Possibly. If you owe delinquent child support payments, the DC Lottery may be required to withhold the amount owed. The DC Lottery provides a direct linkage to the District of Columbia Child Support Enforcement Division. Child Support taken from your lottery winnings is for monies owed pursuant to a court order and is not refundable.
If you feel deductions from your winnings were erroneously taken, please contact the DC Child Support Enforcement Division at (202) 442-9900.
How can I get another copy of my IRS Form W-2G?
The DC Lottery issues a W-2G at the same time it issues a check for a lottery winning of $600.00 or more. To obtain an additional copy of your form, please contact us and specify that you would like to request a copy of IRS Form W-2G and the DC Lottery's Office of Financial Services will process your request.
Can more than one person share a prize?
Prizes won on a single DC Lottery ticket are paid to a single legal entity. That entity may be one individual or one organization.
However, there may be more than one jackpot ticket. In those cases, winners share prizes equally.
What happens if I lose a winning ticket?
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.
Can lottery tickets be purchased by mail or through the Internet?
Tickets are ONLY available for purchase at authorized DC Lottery Agent Locations.
Does the lottery offer Second Chance Drawing assistance to the visually impaired?
The DC Lottery has updated its website to alert the public that we have installed laptops at both the Claim Center and Union Station, for visually impaired individuals to enter into our 2nd chance drawings. If a player has won, he/she will be notified directly through the contact information they provided upon entering the drawing.
How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request?
The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within DCLB for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. All requests are handled professionally and expeditiously.
FOIA requests may be oral or in writing. If the request is written, the envelope shall prominently be marked "FOIA Request." The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing, if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body. For more information on how to file a FOIA request, visit the Government Resource Center.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-9528
Fax: (202) 724-4217