Claiming your win is the most important step after winning the lottery.
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As per the rules by DC Lottery, your original winning ticket is the only valid receipt for prize claims.
Your lottery ticket is a bearer instrument, which means anyone who possesses the ticket is the winner.
It is mandatory to double-check your numbers and sign the back of your ticket for authentication.
You can claim your DC Lottery prizes before the deadline, i.e. 180 days from the date of the drawing, else your winnings will be fortified.
Prize claims for any amount can be mailed to the DC Lottery’s prize center.
If you are mailing your winning ticket, it is mandatory to complete the claim form and attach a copy of your signed government-issued ID card (including driver's license, U.S. passport, passport issued by a foreign government, social security number, etc.) and send it all.
Before mailing the winning ticket, ensure you possess a photocopy of all the documents, including claim form and the winning ticket for a valid proof.
The lottery authorities are not responsible for mail, tickets, or claim forms that are late, damaged, misdirected, misaddressed, incomplete, or illegible.
The DC Lottery prize center distributes the winning amounts in the form of checks only.
Prizes Up To $600
Winning tickets up to $600 can be redeemed in person at any office of the lottery and gaming agent.
You can also visit the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center to claim your winning amount.
Prize claims can also be mailed to the DC Lottery’s Prize Center.
If you are mailing the claim, it is essential to mail the original winning ticket along with a complete claim form to redeem your winning amount without any hassle.
Prizes More than $600, up to $5,000
For claiming prizes more than $600 to $5,000, you can visit the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center.
Prize claims for this amount can also be mailed to the DC Lottery’s Prize Center.
The mailing ticket should be accompanied by a complete claim form and government-issued photo ID proofs including passport, driving license, social security card, etc.
Prizes Above $5,000
Prizes above $5,000 should be claimed by visiting the Office of Lottery and Gaming Prize Center.
Claim to prizes above $5,000 can also be mailed to the DC Lottery’s Prize Center.
Complete the claim form along with signing and filling the information on the back of your winning ticket, including a copy of your passport, social security card, and driver’s license and send it all to the mailing address.
You can also contact the Prize Center at 202-645-8000, for any additional guidance on claiming prizes above $5,000.
DC Lottery Mailing Address
DC Lottery Prize Center
2235 Shannon Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020
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