National Harbor casino could hurt D.C.'s lottery

Would a casino at Maryland's National Harbor, five minutes from the D.C. line, hurt the District’s lottery business? Patrons at Metro News, one of downtown D.C.’s biggest lottery ticket sellers, said yes.

So does the executive director of the D.C. lottery.

"That would be a challenge to our ability to continue to raise additional revenue,” says Buddy Roogow, the lottery official. “We just have to be as innovative as possible in order to maintain our own position."

He notes that the D.C. lottery has suffered a big drop in sales in recent years, accelerated when D.C. lost exclusive rights to Powerball. But last year finally ticked up a bit.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has said that he would like to see casino gambling at National Harbor, but there is widespread opposition and so it by no means a done deal.

After all, about $65 million a year goes to the D.C. treasury and about half of D.C.'s lottery players are from Maryland and Virginia.

One D.C. resident and lottery player says he'd like to see the casino open in National Harbor.

"I'm for it - I ain’t hitting nothing in D.C. now,” says William Gipson. “Try something new."