About the Office of Lottery and Gaming
The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG), formerly the Office of Lottery and Charitable Games, is the regulatory body over all licensed gaming in the District of Columbia, including Lottery, Charitable Gaming and Sports Wagering.
The OLG strives to regulate and operate in a manner that fosters public confidence and trust in the integrity of gaming operations in the District.
Act 22-594, the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, as amended by Act 23-2, was signed into law on January 23, 2019, and transmitted to the U.S. Congress for review on February 7, 2019. This legislation cleared congressional review and became law on May 3, 2019. The law legalized sports wagering in the District of Columbia and designated the OLG to assume two distinct roles in the District’s sports wagering offerings: Regulator and Operator.
The Office regulates privately-operated sports wagering throughout the District, licensing and monitoring these operations and their gaming-related suppliers for compliance with applicable District and federal laws. In addition to license application fees associated with privately-operated sports wagering, the District collects a 10 percent tax on operators’ monthly gross gaming revenue.
The OLG, via the DC Lottery, will also be an operator of sports wagering conducted through a District-wide mobile app and a network of licensed retailer locations. (Regulations and the licensing process for DC Lottery-operated sports wagering are anticipated to be published in late Fall 2019.)