D.C. residents who play the lottery are having to cross state lines for a chance to win the big bucks.
Popular scratch-off tickets are no longer on the shelves of vendors all over the city.
The District CFO announced Tuesday that the city is losing $15 million in lottery revenue because of a year-long contract dispute that prevented new scratch tickets from being printed.
That revenue loss is part of a greater $200 million potential budget debt addressed by the CFO in a new revenue letter.
Vendors around the city are also losing money.
"Our commission is 5 cents per ticket," said Dong Hun Han of King's Cafe. "We sell $1,000, [so] we lost $50 at least."
Officials say new contracts should be signed soon and scratch-off tickets will be back on the shelves in early 2015.
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For D.C. residents, the tickets can't come back soon enough.
"We gotta get 'em back," said one truck driver. "We need 'em back."