The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that the entrants in the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery can now begin checking their status. According to the official website the announcement reads:
DV 2014 Program:DV-2014 entrants will be able to check the status of their entries starting 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 1, 2013 through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website.
Applications for the 2014 DV lottery had been accepted between noon on October 2, 2012 and noon on November 3, 2012. According to DOS, entrants in the DV 2014 lottery program can check their status online right up to September 30, 2014.
To check entrant status, the applicants need to have their confirmation number. This is the number they would have received as soon as their electronic application went through on the government site during the submission period. This number is very important and without it, it will not be possible to check status. The confirmation number, last name/family name and year of birth are required to check the status of an applicant.
The Entrant Status Check is the only way to find out if you have won the lottery or not. The DOS will not get in touch with you through any other means. You can check your case status here.