D.C. Lottery Truck Too Long For Farragut Square: Report

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    D.C.'s brand new lottery truck is running into some trouble. It's too big to get the permit it needs to go to the hottest spots in the District. (Published Monday, Aug 8, 2011)

    The former food truck that D.C. Lottery had retrofitted to dispense lottery games has hit a snag, the Washington Examiner reported.

    According to the paper, the truck, 26 feet in length, is 7 and 1/2 feet too long to park in D.C. city squares.

    From the Examiner:

    The lime-green truck was scheduled to make its initial appearance at Farragut Square, a major food truck hub, on July 12. But Tracey Cohen, chief operating officer of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, told The Washington Examiner that it was learned just days before that the 26-foot-long truck is too large to ever be docked in the square.

    Chapter 5 of Title 24 District regulations restricts street-bound vendors to 18 feet, 5 inches. Lottery officials were unaware of the restriction as they prepared to roll out their new mobile unit.

    D.C. Lottery had hoped to capitalize on some of the foot traffic generated by D.C.'s food trucks at lunch time.  Cohen told News4's Tom Sherwood on July 11 that the agency had secured all the permits it needed to operate around the city.  But the truck's scheduled inaugural appearance was delayed, and since then, it's seen limited action.

    Now, the Lucky Lottery Mobile has been relegated to special appearances at fairs and festivals.  Cohen told the Examiner that the truck's limited public appearances have been successful.

    The Lucky Lottery Mobile will appear at the food truck event Truckeroo near Nationals Park Friday, Sherwood reported.