D.C. Betting on New Lottery Truck

The Lucky Lottery Mobile will make its first stop at Farragut Square on Tuesday.

By NBCWashington.com

The Lucky Lottery Mobile will make its first stop at Farragut Square on Tuesday.

In a city in love with its food trucks, it did not take a vast stretch of imagination to put another kind of money-making venture on four wheels.

Whether you call it imitation or inspiration, D.C. Lottery has put ticket vending kiosks in the back of a truck and named it the Lucky Lottery Mobile.

The vehicle is a pilot project for the District, and city officials say the truck is the first of its kind in the country.  While other localities have put mobile lottery units out at sporting events and festivals, the plan is to have D.C.’s new truck out on the streets daily, trawling for anyone in need of a lottery game fix.  If things work out, more could be added.

The 26-foot long vehicle actually started as a food truck, leased from a Maryland catering company.  D.C. Lottery told News4’s Tom Sherwood that the truck was sent to California to get renovated for its new role.  While driving across the country back to D.C., lottery officials said motorists at rest stops would approach the mobile lottery truck and asked to buy tickets.  Those people were turned down.

The full range of D.C. Lottery games will be available from the mobile unit, from Fast Play to Mega Millions.  Tomorrow marks the truck’s inaugural voyage.

The first stop – Farragut Square, in the thick of the food truck crowd.