Lottery for White House Easter Egg Roll Opens March 1 - NBC4 Washington

Lottery for White House Easter Egg Roll Opens March 1

About 30,000 attend each year



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    Today's the (first) day!

    This year's online lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll opens Thursday, March 1 at 10 a.m., running until 10 a.m. on Monday, March 5. Enter for your chance here when the sacred time comes.

    The Obamas announced Feb. 24 that the White House Easter Egg Roll is scheduled for Monday, April 9. Granted, the event is always held the Monday after Easter, so that was akin to announcing that New Year's Day next year will be held on Jan. 1.

    OK, OK, it's still exciting.

    About 30,000 people attend the annual event in timed shifts. The White House switched to a lottery system in 2009; in previous years, it was "first come, first served," meaning people would stand outside for hours for their chance to be let in.

    This year's performers haven't yet been announced, but last year's included the kid-friendly [kids] Willow Smith and Greyson Chance. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos; Elmo, Maria and Gordon of "Sesame Street," Kristi Yamaguchi and Geena Davis were among those who will be reading at the Storytime Stage.

    Professional athletes are usually on hand as well during the event, playing games with kiddos and supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move fitness initiative.

    And yes, you must have a child under age 12 to qualify... although we guess you could borrow a niece/nephew... or bribe a short friend. You have time to work on this.

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