If you are furloughed because of the shutdown and thought maybe a DC Lottery ticket might solve your problems, you are out of luck.
The DC Lottery announced Friday that they would not be paying out any winning lottery tickets until after the shutdown is over.
“Due to the federal government shutdown, the DC Lottery has suspended the redemption of winning DC Lottery tickets until further notice,” reads a notice on the DC Lottery website. Winning tickets will be paid out after the shutdown.
If you have some cash to throw around, you can still buy lottery tickets, and drawings will continue as usual, but there will not be any immediate gratification if you win.
The government shutdown hits Washington particularly hard, as the city’s government is funded by congressional appropriations, which have not happened for the new fiscal year as Democrats and Republicans continue their standoff.