The Washington Lottery said yesterday that it will not renew its contract to broadcast lottery drawings.
The Lotto, Mega Million, Quinto, Lucky for Life, Daily Keno and Daily Game drawings have been broadcast on Television Washington, a statewide public affairs network, as part of a three-year contract.
All televised drawings will end July 1.
Lottery officials said the decision was based on research that found that less than 1 percent of players routinely viewed the televised drawings in order to find the winning numbers.
Officials said nearly 34 percent of players check their numbers using the "Check-a-Ticket" self-service automated system available at more than 1,500 retail locations.
The same security measures for drawings will continue, including video surveillance and independent auditors on site for drawings, officials said.