What is the DV Green Card Lottery ?

The Diversity Visa or Green Card Lottery is a program of the US Government.
For each Visa Lottery 50,000 Diversity Visas also called “Green Cards” are made available.

How do I enter the Visa Lottery ?

The Registration Period for the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery will be from Tuesday October 3, till Tuesday November 7, 2017. 

On October 3 the starting time is 12:00 pm (noon), EST (GMT-4).
On November 7 the closing time is 12:00 pm (noon), EDT (GMT-5).

Participating in the Visa Lottery is free.
To enter go to the official eDV website

The Entry Form that must be submitted will become available on the eDV site on October 3 at noon.
Pre-registration is not possible.

I entered DV-2018. How do I know if I won ?

By doing the Entrant Status Check to see if you were selected.
Go to the official eDV site dvlottery.state.gov
You will need your Entrant Confirmation Number.

To see if you won in the 2019 Visa Lottery you must wait till May 1 next year (2018).

Why is the current Visa Lottery called DV-2018 ? And the coming program DV-2019 ?

Because the visas for the DV-2018 program are officially issued in 2018. The Entry Period of DV-2018 was in 2016, the winners were announced this year (2017).

The Entry Period for DV-2019 is in 2017, the Selected Entrant (winners) will be announed in 2018. The visas for this program are officially issued in the year 2019.

If I win do I get a Green Card right-away ?

No. You win a chance to apply for a Green Card. You must submit a Visa Application and successfully complete the Visa Procedure that follows. After you arrive in the US your Green Card is issued.

If I win can I bring my spouse and my children ?

Yes. Your spouse can also submit a Visa Application.
You can bring a child/children if they are unmarried and still under 21 years of age when the visa is issued.

I got a phone call that I won !

The US Government does not call people to let them know they won in the Visa Lottery. It does not send letters or emails to inform Entrants that they are Selected. Any such email, letter, phone call is a scam.
The US Government does not publish lists of Visa Lottery winners.

I received an email to enter DV-2019.

The US Government does NOT send emails or letters, does not call pople to remind them to enter in the Diversity.Visa Lottery. 
The US Government does NOT license businesses to offer Visa Lottery-related services.