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What is DC Lucky for Life?
Lucky for Life is a multi-state jackpot game played in 26 states, including the District of Columbia. Drawings are held at approximately 10:38 pm ET every Monday and Thursday.
Five numbered balls are drawn from 1 to 48 and one numbered ball is drawn from 1 to 18. If all your numbers match those that are drawn, you win the jackpot.
Each Lucky for Life play is $2.
When are DC Lottery Lucky for Life Draw Times?
Sales cut-off time on draw nights is 9:30 pm ET. Approximately 1 hour prior to draw time
|Monday||10:38 pm ET|
|Thursday||10:38 pm ET|
How Do You Play District of Columbia Lucky for Life?
- PICK YOUR NUMBERS:
Select five numbers from 1 to 48 and one number from 1 to 18 for the Lucky Ball. Use a play slip to mark your numbers or mark the Quick Pick (QP) box for randomly-generated numbers.
- BUY YOUR TICKET:
Lucky for Life tickets cost $2 per play and sales are suspended approximately 1 hour prior to the draw. Once a Lucky for Life ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled. Lucky for Life tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.
- PLAY MULTIPLE DRAWINGS:
Request up to 20 consecutive draws either on the play slip or through the retailer. Advance Play allows you to play multiple drawings with one purchase. Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.
How Do You Win DC Lucky for Life?
|5 Balls + LB||$1,000 A Day for Life||1 in 30,821,472|
|5 Balls||$25,000 a Year for Life||1 in 1,813,028|
|4 Balls + LB||$5,000||1 in 143,356|
|4 Balls||$200||1 in 8,433|
|3 Balls + LB||$150||1 in 3,413|
|3 Balls||$20||1 in 201|
|2 Balls + LB||$25||1 in 250|
|2 Balls||$3||1 in 15|
|1 Ball + LB||$6||1 in 50|
|LB||$4||1 in 32|
Overall odds of winning are 1 in 7.8.
DC Lucky for Life FAQs
Playing Lucky for Life®
A: Lucky for Life® drawings are held in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Previous draws are available to watch online at www.luckyforlife.us.
Q: Is it possible for the Lucky Ball number to be the same as one of the five white ball numbers?
A: Yes. The five white ball numbers and the one Lucky Ball number are drawn from separate sets of balls, so the Lucky Ball number could be the same as one of the white ball numbers.
Q: Which has better odds – picking my own numbers or requesting a Quick Pick?
A: Whether you pick your own numbers or have the terminal randomly select numbers for you, the odds of winning are the same.
A: Lucky for Life® tickets cost $2 per play.
Q: Can I purchase Lucky for Life® tickets in advance?
A: To play multiple upcoming draws, request from 2 to 20 Multi Draws either on the playslip or through the retailer. Multi Draws will include the next upcoming draw and be consecutive from that draw. Draws cannot be skipped.
Q: How late can I purchase Lucky for Life® tickets on a draw night?
A: Lucky for Life® sales are suspended at 9:30 p.m. ET on draw nights.
Q: Can a Lucky for Life® ticket be voided or canceled?
A: No. Once a Lucky for Life® ticket has been printed, it cannot be canceled.
Q: Can I buy Lucky for Life® tickets online or by mail?
A: No. Lucky for Life® tickets must be purchased from a licensed lottery retailer.
Prizes and Claims
A: Prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date on which the prize was won.
Q: Do I have to match the Lucky for Life® numbers in the exact order drawn?
A: No. The order of the five white balls drawn does not matter, but the one Lucky Ball number drawn must match the Lucky Ball number on your ticket.
Q: Can I redeem a winning Lucky for Life® ticket in any state?
A: Although the winning numbers are the same in all Lucky for Life® states, a ticket must be redeemed in the state in which it was purchased.
Q: I lost my ticket. Can I claim a prize with a playslip or store receipt?
A: Lucky for Life® prizes can only be claimed with a ticket printed from the lottery terminal. Playslips or store receipts will not constitute proof of purchase. Lottery tickets are bearer instruments, meaning the person who presents the ticket for claim will be presumed to be the owner. Always sign the back of any lottery ticket immediately. If you lose a ticket before you sign it, you no longer have valid ownership of the ticket.
Lucky for Life® Top Prize
A: If there is more than one Lucky for Life® top prize-winning ticket, the prize may be split equally among the winners. This may apply to multiple prize tiers. See official game rules for more details.
Q: Why does a top prizewinner receive a smaller amount than the advertised prize?
A: The advertised annuitized Lucky for Life® top prize is paid less appropriate taxes and withholdings. See official game rules for more details.
Q: What are the Lucky for Life payout options for the Top Prize and Second Prize?
A: Those who win the Top Prize or Second Prize have the option to receive a one-time cash lump sum payment in lieu of the lifetime annuity payments. “For Life” prizes are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years. The lump sum option for the Top Prize is $5,750,000 (before taxes). The lump sum option for the Second Prize is $390,000 (before taxes).
For more information, please visit www.luckyforlife.us.
Sources: DC Lottery (Lucky for Life)