How to Get Tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll


Since 1878, the President of the United States has been hosting an Easter egg roll on the grounds of the White House. The event takes over a year to plan and is the largest public event at the White House. In order to attend the egg roll, you must have a child in your party. As of 2010, each group must include a child 12 years old or younger. The White House Easter Egg Roll is a free event, but tickets are required to attend.

  • Register for the online ticket lottery. Until 2009, tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll were distributed in person on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. The Obama administration wanted to make tickets available to people around the country, so they started distributing tickets via online lottery. Registration is required to enter the lottery.

  • Enter the lottery with your security code. The lottery will be open for one day in late February or early March. On lottery day, sets of tickets are released at intervals and you can try to win tickets at each release. You will receive an email if you have won tickets in the lottery. Tickets are for two-hour intervals throughout the day and indicate an entry and exit time.

  • Approach one of the groups with tickets. If you do not receive tickets in the lottery, numerous groups are given tickets to the egg roll to use or distribute. Your local congressman may be able to help identify groups with tickets. In addition to special interest groups, tickets are also distributed to military families and D.C. area school children.

Tips & Warnings

  • Log on to the White House lottery website early and continue to refresh your screen until the lottery opens to best position yourself to win tickets.
  • Much like airline travel, the White House issues a list of items that are not allowed on premises.

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