- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Scores of local folks are expected to queue up today at D.C. convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores for a 1-in-120-million chance to win tonight's Powerball multistate lottery drawing.
"It's now up to $160 million that's when people start to perk up," said Bob Hainey, communications manager for the D.C. Lottery.
Lottery officials note that 10 top prize-winning tickets have been purchased in the District since the city joined the Powerball lottery in 1992. That's about one D.C. winner a year and it's about time for another big local payoff.
"With the Powerball jackpot at $160 million, we are encouraging people to avoid the rush," said Jeanette A. Michael, executive director of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
Typically, like last week, some players win several thousand dollars, but miss out on the big jackpot.
"Thousands of players are winners every week. They may win $100, or $5,000, or more," Mr. Hainey said.
A week ago, three Navy Yard workers won $100,000 when they bought one ticket that matched the first five numbers in the Powerball drawing. The trio turned in the winning ticket Friday that's right, Friday the 13th.
"We're just happy to have beaten the odds," said one of the winners, who asked not be identified. "We all play frequently, but this is our first win as a group."
Powerball is played in 24 states and the District.
Arlo Wagner

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