The D.C. Lottery is a lottery run by the government of the District of Columbia, in the United States. The lottery was founded in 1982 and over the years, the lottery has given out over $1.5 billion to the District of Columbia to help with education, public safety and child services, this is quite crucial because lotto is still being seen in bad light in many circles and these efforts are helping to give lotto the dignity it deserves. The DC Lottery is so popular that it registered $3.5 million in ticket sales during its first week. The DC Lottery comprises of a number of games namely:
Lucky 4 Life
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The DC Lottery consists of a number of games like the DC-2, DC-3, DC-4 among other games and all these games have different rules and playstyles. This article will look at each game individually, clearly explaining what the game entails and how to play it.
The DC-5 is a very popular draw game which offers punters with many betting opportunities by virtue of having 2 daily draws, that is the DC-5 Midday and the DC-5 Evening which are drawn daily at 1:50pm and 7:50pm respectively. According to the official DC Lotto website, the game features 120 ways to win which is quite a lot. When you are playing the DC-5, you must pick 5 numbers from 0-9 manually or using the pro pick feature. You must then choose your desired playstyle from the available ones namely; Straight, Box, Front/Back Pair, Front/Back Three and Front/Back Four. The jackpot prize for each draw is $50,000 but realise that the highest possible prize amount you get depends on the type of wager you make. The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 100,000 and this means that you have a pretty good chance of winning.
The DC-4 game is quite a popular game which offers eleven ways to win a cash prize of up to $5,000. Besides the grand prize, you can also win additional prizes which range from $100 to $2,500. The game has two daily drawings, the DC-4 Midday and the DC-4 Evening which are held on a daily basis at 1:50 and 7:50 pm respectively. In order for you to play, you need to select 4 numbers from 0-9 either by using the Pro Pick or manually. If you are lucky to match your selected numbers with the drawn ones, you will automatically win the jackpot. You can select the play style of your choice and your play style determines the way your numbers can match the numbers drawn to win a prize. The play styles for the DC-4 are Straight, Box, Front Three and Back Three. The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 10,000.
The DC-3 is a small draw game which has drawings every single day giving punters more opportunities of winning. Just like the name suggests, this game is a three-digit game with three ways to play and up to nine ways to win. There are two draw for this game called the DC-3 Midday and the DC-3 Evening, and these are drawn at 1:50pm and 7:50pm respectively. In order to play, you must choose three lucky numbers from 0-9 either by use of Quick Pick or manually. You have a choice of a $0.50 or $1 wager. The more you wager, the higher the prizes you can win. The DC-3 has quite a number of bet types to choose from, which determine how your numbers can make a winning match with the numbers the lottery draws, the bet types which are available are Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Combo, Front/Pair and Back Pair. The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 1000.
The DC-2 Evening is a very popular two-digit game which has up to six different bet types namely Straight, Two-Way Box, Straight/Two-Way Box, Two-Way Combination, Front Number and Back Number. The DC-2 has two drawings called the DC-2 Midday and DC-2 Evening whose drawings are conducted everyday at 1:50pm and 7:50pm respectively, this gives you more opportunities to win daily although the DC-2 game does not have huge jackpot prizes as you can only win up to a maximum of $50 with each draw, depending on your bet amount and playstyle. When you are playing the DC-2 , you must select two numbers, each from 0-9, a play style and a wager, you will be a winner if you match your selected numbers to the drawn ones.
The Powerball is a multi-state jackpot game which is very popular in the Carlifonia state. The lottery has two weekly drawings every Wednesday and Saturday and the draws are held at 9:59 p.m. CT after ticket sales have ended at 8:59 p.m. Powerball is a two set lottery and in order for you to play the Powerball, you must select 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and one number from 1 to 26 for the Powerball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. Powerball is not a cheap lottery, each time you play the Powerball, you must part ways with $2 which is the cost of play and the Power Play option adds $1 per play.
MegaMillions is a very popular lottery which is played in a total of 45 states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lottery was launched in 1996 and has evolved through the years because when it was initially launched, it was referred to as the Big Game, it was relaunched in 2002 as The Big Game Mega Millions temporarily, before being renamed Mega Millions. The lottery is a 5/70 lottery and when you are playing Mega Millions, you must select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball, the selection can be done manually or using the Quick Pick option which randomly makes your selections. This lottery is one of the most lucrative lotteries in the world with its record jackpot a staggering $1.537 billion which was won in 2018. The ticket cost is $2 per ticket and you can add $1 for the Megaplier.
Lucky 4 Life
Lucky for Life is a very popular game which is available in 26 states. The Lucky for Life game gives players the chance to win an huge amount of cash for many years to come which is really great because there are punters who lose their jackpots easily, but this system of releasing the money in batches is very good. Lucky for Life has two weekly which take place every Monday and Thursday. In order to play this lottery, you must select five numbers from 1 to 48 and one Lucky Ball from 1 to 18, you can do this manually or through the use of the Quick Pick option. If you manage to match all five main numbers plus the Lucky Ball, then you’ll win the jackpot.
NB. Other local games which are available on the DC Lottery includes Keno, Race 2 Riches Fast Play and Tap-N-Play and Scratchers, and these can be purchased from authorized retailers throughout the District. Not only are these games fun, but you can actually win big as the prizes can reach as high as $1 million.
When are the DC Lottery draws conducted?
Drawing times for the DC Lottery games are different as they are separate games altogether. Below are the draw dates and times for all the draws;
Game Draw Days Draw Times*
Powerball Wednesday & Saturday 10:59 PM
Mega Millions Tuesday & Friday 11:00 PM
Lucky for Life Monday & Thursday 10:38 PM
DC-2 Daily 1:50 PM & 7:50 PM
DC-3 Daily 1:50 PM & 7:50 PM
DC-4 Daily 1:50 PM & 7:50 PM
DC-5 Daily 1:50 PM & 7:50 PM
Who can bet on the DC Lottery?
Most of the games from the DC Lottery cannot be played outside of the USA but Powerball and Mega Millions are the only DC games currently available to play outside of the USA.
How to claim your prize if you win?
Claiming a DC lottery prize is quite easy, please make sure that you claim your prize within 180 days from the date of the drawing or from the announced close of game date, otherwise your winnings will be allocated to the District’s General Fund.
The prizes worth $600 or less can be claimed at any authorized retailer, or the Lottery Prize Center, which is located on the ground floor of 2235 Shannon Place, SE.
The prizes from $600 and up to $5,000 may be claimed at the Prize Center or a Retailer Plus location.
Prizes more than $5,000 may be claimed at the Prize Center.
When you are claiming a prize by mail, you must send your original signed ticket, a completed claim form, copy of your driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport and copy of your Social Security card. Your mail must be sent to the following address;
Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center
2235 Shannon Place, S.E.
Washington, D. C. 20020