Dist. of Columbia (DC) Lottery General Information
The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board's mission is to provide District of Columbia residents with financial
benefits through the sale of lottery products and regulation of charitable organizations pursuant to gaming regulations.
Ticket sales began on August 25, 1982, with 700 agents selling 10 million "Match 3" instant tickets. Within days of opening,
ticket sales exceeded projections and another 10 million "Match 3" tickets were ordered. By October 13, 18.7 million "Match
3" instant tickets had been sold.
Within 35 days from the start of the D.C. Lottery, until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, total sales were an
impressive $15,811,370. The agency's first transfer to the D.C. government's General Fund for FY '82 was $4,240,000. And,
in 1983, the D.C. Lottery added on-line games to its product line.
Regulated charitable gaming also came to Washington, D.C. in 1982 with raffles and Bingo. By 1988, the D.C. Lottery had instituted
the exciting concept of Monte Carlo Night Parties. These events allow non-profit organizations to offer blackjack, roulette,
and other casino style games.