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 is expected to make its arrival in 2019, according to lawmakers. Bill 23-25 is currently pending in Congress on a 60-day review.

DC City Council recently voted to suspend the competitive bidding process which normally occurs to award contracts to vendors. This means a single vendor, Intralot, will operate DC sports betting.

Lawmakers are currently debating on whether to extend the contract of lottery operator Intralot or open a competitive bidding process.

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


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.