Crowds return to D.C. malls, memorials after shutdown ends

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“It was supposed to be on the itinerary,” she said.

The scope of the shutdown’s impact extended much further than federal buildings.

In the District, which was largely open throughout the shutdown, Metro said ridership dropped 22 percent a day after the shutdown began. And the city’s lottery had to suspend paying winning ticket holders for several days until the federal government appropriated money to the District.

D.C. Lottery Executive Director Buddy Roogow said that since the payouts stopped Saturday sales dropped about 45 percent, and each day sales have continued to decline.

“We were a hostage to events, but we’re happy it ended,” Mr. Roogow said. “I think people understood. They were frustrated with the whole situation. Look at the tentacles of this thing. It spread obviously beyond the lottery.”

Mr. Roogow said Thursday that already winners were coming forward to claim their prizes, including one for a $10,000 prize, and that sales were returning to normal.

Also seeing better business were the food trucks that serve hungry patrons — among them federal employees and tourists.

Near L’Enfant Plaza, where several federal departments have office buildings, lunch lines were forming well before noon for the dozen trucks parked for curbside business.

Taking orders at Fojol Bros., Drew Hagelin, 26, said even before Thursday’s lunch hour rush, business was improving.

“It’s been better than previous days that’s for sure,” Mr. Hagelin said.

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