NOW OPEN: The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery

Children race each other while pushing eggs with wooden spoons at the White House Easter Egg Roll event. (NPS)

Children race each other while pushing eggs with wooden spoons at the White House Easter Egg Roll event. (NPS)

Important Dates

  • Lottery Opens: March 15 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Lottery Closes: March 18 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Lottery Results Available: March 31
  • Event Date: Monday, April 17

Ticket Lottery Information

The 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 17th. The ticket lottery opens Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) and closes on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET. Entering the lottery is free of charge, and lottery results will be announced on Friday, March 31, 2017. 

Lottery winners will be granted tickets free of charge. Tickets are not for sale and not transferable. Enter the lottery now

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About the Event

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C., would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll is designed for children 13 years of age and under.