Introduction to Casino Gambling in the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
The United States has a single U.S. Federal District, formally namely the District of Columbia. This district is commonly referred to as Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. Total area is 68 square miles, including 61 square miles of land rather than water.
Within the District of Columbia, there are no casinos and, more specifically, no slot machines. However, within a few hours drive are casinos located in the bordering states of Maryland and Virginia.
Because Washington, D.C. has a state lottery, its local government does include a gaming commission, the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games.
This post continues the weekly blog series “Casino Gambling, State-By-State“, a year-long online resource project dedicated to guiding slot machine enthusiasts to success.
Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling*
D.C. Lottery players must be 18 years of age or older, but a person under 18 may receive a lottery ticket as a gift and be paid a lottery prize.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership
In the District of Columbia, it is legal to own slot machines manufactured prior to 1952, if intended for exhibition or private use by the owner, and not used for gambling purposes.
State Gaming Commission
Washington, D.C.’s Office of Lottery and Charitable Games identifies their Mission as “To provide revenue-generating entertainment through the sales of innovative lottery products and promotions that directly benefits the residents and the economic vitality of the District of Columbia.”
The District of Columbia legalized its Lottery in 1982. As stated on their website, the DC Lottery pays out more than 50% of annual sales in prize money, totaling $3 billion since 1982.
Their unofficial slogan is “Lots of People Win” with the D.C. Lottery.
No casinos of any type exist within Washington, D.C. The nearest casinos are located in the bordering states of Maryland and Virginia.
No casinos or slot machines for the purpose of gambling exist within the District of Columbia, commonly referred to as Washington D.C.
The nearest casinos are located in the bordering states of Maryland and Virginia.
- “Office of Lottery and Charitable Games”, DC.gov, Retrieved July 29, 2017.
- “United States state slot machine ownership regulations”, Wikipedia Online, Retrieved July 29, 2017.
- “District of Columbia Gambling Laws”, Gambling-Law-US.com, Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- “Gambling Questions Answered: State-By-State”, ProfessorSlots.com, Published May 13, 2017.
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