Becoming a DC Lottery Retailer is a simple process and the Lottery offers a variety of incentives for many types of businesses to become a licensed retailer. Your place of business could be a profitable Lottery outlet. Contact us today at 202.645.8041 or email OLCG.licensing@dc.gov to learn more about becoming a DC Lottery Retailer.

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It takes approximately four weeks to complete the licensing approval process.

Yes, training is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You must notify the DC Lottery at least forty-five (45) days in advance.

You must notify the DC Lottery at least ten (10) days in advance.

DC Lottery licenses are nontransferable.

No. Retailers must operate a lawful establishment in the District of Columbia in which the sale of lottery tickets is not its primary purpose or business.

Retailers are required to complete and submit a renewal application every two (2) years.

No. Retailers are not permitted to move or relocate installed Lottery equipment. Contact us at 202.645.8041, email OLCG.licensing@dc.gov or speak to your Lottery sales representative to schedule the removal or relocation of equipment.

Immediately contact the DC09 Hotline at 877.809.8059.

The DC Lottery’s Retailer Accessibility Program ensures that the lottery is accessible to all persons, including those with disabilities. As part of the licensing process, all applicants must undergo an assessment of their business location’s accessibility under the ADA standards.

No, it is illegal to sell other state or foreign lottery tickets within the District of Columbia.

No ticket or share shall be purchased by, and no prize shall be paid to, any of the following persons: The District of Columbia’s Chief Financial Officer, any employee of the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games, or any spouse, domestic partner, child, brother, sister, or parent residing as a member of the same household in the principal place of abode of the Chief Financial Officer or any employee of the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games. D.C. Official Code § 3-1320.

Also, any person under the age of 18 is ineligible to buy a DC Lottery ticket.

The billing cycle begins on a Wednesday and ends on the following Tuesday.

Yes, however, the DC Lottery’s Finance Department must receive a completed and signed Transfer Authorization Form with an attached “VOID” check by the close of business on the Monday prior to the end of the billing cycle (Tuesday).

Retailers are required to deposit lottery-generated funds every week, no later than Wednesday of their bank’s close of business. A retailer’s failure to have adequate funds in their account when the weekly sweep occurs will result in a non-sufficient funds notification from the Lottery and the deactivation of their Lottery terminal.

Immediately contact the Metropolitan Police Department; then, contact Lottery Security at 202.645.8080 and have the police report number available.

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