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Retailer FAQs


What benefits do retailers receive by selling and cashing tickets? How do I become a D.C. Lottery Agent? How long does it take to become a lottery agent? If I buy a business that has a lottery license, is that license automatically transferred to me? Can I get a license to sell only lottery tickets? What other licenses must I have to be eligible for a lottery license? Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) effect my ability to become a D.C. Lottery agent? Can I sell other state lottery tickets? Is it possible for me to become a D.C. Lottery agent and only sell Instant "scratch" tickets? How much does it cost to become a D.C. Lottery agent?

What benefits do retailers receive by selling and cashing tickets?

Retailers receive:

Commission for the Sale of Tickets
5% commission on all online and instant ticket sales.

Commission for the Payment of Prizes
4% commission on instant ticket prizes paid.
3% commission on online ticket prizes paid.

Bonus Sales Commissions for Prizes Won in D.C.
Retailers win big when players win big! Retailers have an opportunity to earn bonus commissions for selling a top-tier ticket for the games below.

Game Bonus Earned For Selling Amount
Powerball Jackpot Top Prize $25,000*
$1,000,000 2nd Top Prize (with or without Powerplay) $10,000
Mega Millions Jackpot Top Prize $25,000*
$1,000,000 2nd Top Prize (with or without Megaplier) $10,000
Hot Lotto Jackpot Top Prize $2,500*
Lucky 4 Life $1,000/Day for Life Top Prize $2,500
$25,000/Year for Life 2nd Top Prize $1,000
Keno Winning tickets $100,000 and above $1,000
Race2Riches Winning tickets $100,000 and above $1,000

*Shared jackpots will determine the proportionate share of the retailer bonus.

How do I become a D.C. Lottery Agent?

By submitting a lottery license application and successfully completing the application process. To obtain an application, download the complete packet from the web site or contact us at (202) 645-8041.

How long does it take to become a lottery agent?

It takes approximately three weeks to complete the entire license approval process. Agent applications are approved based on applicants meeting specific criteria, for example, volume of sales at the location, number of customers who frequent the location, proximity to other agents, days and hours of operation and other relevant factors. Once the application is approved, the installation of the terminal may take up to six weeks.

For further information regarding licensing rules, please contact us at (202) 645-8041.

If I buy a business that has a lottery license, is that license automatically transferred to me?

Lottery licenses are nontransferable. If you buy a business with an existing lottery license, you must apply for a new license to sell lottery products. If you are contemplating buying a business from a current lottery agent, contact us immediately for assistance.

Can I get a license to sell only lottery tickets?

No. Lottery agents must operate a lawful establishment in the District of Columbia in which the sale of lottery tickets is not its primary purpose or business.

What other licenses must I have to be eligible for a lottery license?

You must have a valid business license or District of Columbia Tax Registration Certificate issued by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. A Certificate of Good Standing and Federal Tax Identification Number are required for corporate applicants.

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affect my ability to become a D.C. Lottery agent?

Yes, see section 311 of the rules & regulations.

Can I sell other state lottery tickets?

No, it is illegal to sell other state or foreign lottery tickets within the District of Columbia.

Is it possible for me to become a D.C. Lottery agent and only sell Instant "scratch" tickets?

Yes, that option is available based on an evaluation of your application. The application process is the same.

How much does it cost to become a D.C. Lottery agent?

The cost is minimal. There is a $50 credit check fee. In the event an applicant fails to meet certain financial criteria for becoming a D.C. Lottery agent that entity may be required to provide a bond in order to qualify for a license. The bond amount will be determined by the agency.





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Past Winning Numbers
  • Lucky for Life

    8/25/2016
    8-30-35-36-42
    Lucky Ball = 7

  • Mega Millions

    8/26/2016
    10-11-31-41-44
    Mega Ball = 14
    Megaplier = 2

  • Powerball

    8/24/2016
    9-11-25-64-65
    Powerball = 16
    Power Play = 3

  • Hot Lotto

    8/24/2016
    5-29-32-34-41
    Hot Ball = 5

  • DC3

    Mid-Day 8/26/2016
    6-7-3

    Evening 8/26/2016
    4-3-7
  • DC4

    Mid-Day 8/26/2016
    5-9-6-4

    Evening 8/26/2016
    6-8-8-3
  • DC5

    Mid-Day 8/26/2016
    2-4-0-0-5

    Evening 8/26/2016
    4-1-0-7-3
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