DC Online Lottery is now here to stay, as district adopts final rules


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The pandemic has delayed the launch of its iLottery by Washington, DC for a year. Now, fears and trade restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted due to the increased number of Americans being vaccinated. Despite everything, a spokesperson for the district Lottery and Gaming Office (OLG) Recount Online Poker Report Monday that “the iLottery is here to stay”.

To that end, searches for “DC iLottery” on Monday only retrieved DCLottery.com. The description of this search result only said: “iLottery is simply the CC Lottery – online! Sign up for a iLottery account and you can play Powerball, Mega Millions and e-instant games.

Returning workers to the office can be a boon for DC iLottery

The neighborhood 700,000 members is gradually returning to schools and offices. However, the return of in-person activities does not necessarily mean that players will stop playing the lottery online.

In fact, it seems the opposite may be true. The online lottery already has more than 6,400 registered users who have logged in since its launch on December 18, 2020. As more people return to work in DC rather than work from home, they may increase that number. After all, a large portion of DC’s workforce comes from the surrounding states. These commuters increase the effective population of the state by a 79% in addition to the official number.

spokesperson Nicole G. Jordan, OLG’s director of marketing and communications said sales to date have exceeded $ 2.5 million and:

“We have seen a steady increase in the number of registered players and we expect that to continue. We have a strong marketing campaign in the market to increase awareness.

This means that observers who thought the iLottery was simply in a testing phase that was due to end on April 14 misunderstood DC’s step-by-step approach to the project. Jordan said there was never any doubt that the online lottery would be an ongoing offer from OLG. District officials adopted the final rules on March 21, replacing the temporary emergency rules that allowed it to start in December.

A second in-line product for the DC Lottery

The nation’s capital already has some experience with online betting, having launched an online sports betting product called Gambet long before DC Lottery went online. GambetDC generated $ 1.3 million net profit for the neighborhood between its launch on May 31 and November 30, 2020.

So when the DC Lottery provider Instant Win Game (IWG) sent out a press release on the games on Jan. 18, 2021, the district already had a plan for the iLottery. District officials knew that the IWG was already fueling online lotteries in New Hampshire and Virginia. Since then the Pennsylvania Lottery and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) also hired IWG.

Online games available to DC residents and visitors

After the IWG announced on January 18, DC players could choose from Powerball, Mega Millions and e-moments.

Jordan said on Monday:

“The e-instants are played the same way as traditional paper scratch tickets sold in retail stores, but these electronic games are strictly offered online. Every three to four weeks we add a new e-instant game to the DC iLottery platform. We also plan to add our numbers games (DC-3, DC-4, and DC-5) to the platform later in the year.

She added that the remainder of fiscal 2021 will be “busy but exciting for the lottery”, due to iLottery’s progressive release strategy. There will be new game launches and “adjustments to existing games”. OLG’s goal is to meet the needs of customers, she said.

On Monday, online lottery options included Powerball, Mega Millions, and 16 e-moments. Five of the e-instants were marked as “new” games.

Lottery said DC Council that new games coming this year include:

  • the complete portfolio of traditional lottery drawing games (the DC daily number games and Lucky for life) and
  • monitor games (Keno, Race2Riches and The lucky)

Of the two paths to an iLottery, DC chose the easier

By the time DC launched its iLottery, seven states had already licensed online lotteries. However, not all of these states have taken the same path to get there.

Some have had to pass special laws to make an online lottery possible. DC is among the luckier jurisdictions in that it has been able to forgo the legislative process in favor of an internal rule-making procedure. he joins Kentucky and Michigan in this regard, but they were early adopters. Of the newer online lottery states, only Rhode Island was able to avoid the need for special legislation by securing an iLottery provider using a provision of a previous mobile sports betting bill.

With DC joining the mix, here’s what the list of jurisdictions in the Americas with online lotteries looks like:

  • Georgia (draw and snapshot)
  • Kentucky (draw and snapshot)
  • Illinois (print only)
  • Maine (print only, on subscription)
  • Maryland (print only, on subscription)
  • Massachusetts (print only, on subscription)
  • Michigan (draw and snapshot)
  • New Hampshire (draw and snapshot)
  • New York (print only, on subscription)
  • North Carolina (print only)
  • North Dakota (print only, on subscription)
  • Pennsylvania (draw and snapshot)
  • Rhode Island (snapshot only)
  • Virginia (draw and snapshot)
  • Washington DC (draw and snapshot)


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