Legal Gambling in Washington DC – The Complete Guide 2019

Updated on December 2, 2019

There are only a few legal gambling options in Washington DC. Read on to find out the current status of gaming in the nation’s capital and what’s ahead in 2019.

DC Lottery

Washington DC, offers lottery tickets for popular drawing like Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky For Life at different retailers across the district.

Powered by Intralot, DC offers nine multi-state lottery games.

Powerball has been available since 1992, and Mega Millions will be coming on board in January 2010.

The most popular option for consumers is DC-4, which has 11 ways to win. Each ticket cost $1 with a price of $5,000. DC-5 includes 120 ways to win with a top prize of $50,000 and a cost of $1 to enter.

Revenue from the DC Lottery goes into the District’s general fund which is used to fund education, public safety, housing and child services. More than $1.5 billion has been generated from lotto ticket sales to date.

DC sports betting

DC sports betting could make its arrival in late 2019 or early 2020, according to industry experts.

Rules and regulations to govern sports betting were released on June 14. The Office of Lottery and Gaming will open the application process for Class A and Class B sports betting licenses beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3.

After months of heated debate and internal investigations, the DC City Council officially paved the way for a single vendor, Intralot, to operate DC sports betting.

So far, three bars in the district have taken the necessary steps to allow sports betting once the lottery gives the green light.

  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
  • Wet Dog Tavern
  • The Brig

Sports betting in DC can happen in three ways: at large Class A locations such as (Nationals Park, Capital One Arena, Audie Field), at Class B locations like bars and hotels that apply and are approved for a license and finally through the DC Lottery, which is creating its own system.

For an in-depth look at what DC sports betting could look like, click here.

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Washington DC Casinos

The Nations Capitol doesn’t have any within its borders. However, a short 21-minute drive across the Potomac River into Maryland is MGM National Harbor.

MGM has a variety of gaming options including:

  • Poker
  • Slots
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Blackjack

The property also has a 308 room hotel including several bars and restaurants. Maryland does not permit legal sports betting, but lawmakers are currently working on legislation to do so.

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