Oct. 18, 2013 – The D.C. Lottery announced Thursday afternoon that it had resumed normal business operations after a deal was reached in Congress to extend the nation’s debt limit.
During the two-week shutdown of the federal government, the District of Columbia was forced to rely on an emergency fund to keep local government running.
D.C. is not a U.S. state, and is under the jurisdiction of Congress, and therefore Congress must approve any government spending within the District. With the federal government shut down, the D.C. Council could not approve payments, including Lottery prize payments.
Lottery tickets were still on sale during the government shutdown, and drawings were held as scheduled, but players with winning tickets had a long wait before they could claim their prize.
All winning tickets can now be redeemed for prizes. The D.C. Lottery reminds its players that winnings up to $600 can be collected at any Lottery retailer, winning tickets worth up to $5,000 can be redeemed at Agent Plus locations, and larger prizes must be collected at the Lottery’s claim center.