- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 5, 2003

People dashed into D.C. convenience stores, minimarts and gas stations yesterday, eager to lay out cold, hard cash in the hope of winning last night’s $200 million Powerball lottery drawing.

Jack Chinn Jr., 35, decided to try his luck and purchase a few Powerball tickets at the Tenley Mini-Market at 4326 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Mr. Chinn, who lives in Montgomery County, said he would not be impulsive with his millions. “I would sit on my winnings and carefully consider what to do with the money,” Mr. Chinn said. Of course, he said, family comes first, and he would lavish his winnings on his No. 1 priority.

Another Montgomery County resident, Leonard Jones, 55, owner of a commercial painting business in the District, came to the Tenleytown market after a business call. He had thought about what he would do with newfound wealth. “I’m going to buy houses in warm-weather states like Las Vegas and Florida. Maybe, buy a Maybach since I’m a collector of vintage cars,” said Mr. Jones. “Pay my 10 percent tithes and travel the world. And I would set up an education fund for all of the children in my family.”

Mr. Jones said he would not be devastated if he doesn’t win the whole enchilada and would be pleased to win $100,000. “I could work with that,” he said. “The things that I mentioned before, well, they are a good start. But, right now, I have everything that I need.”

Olubumi Temidayo, a District resident and a security guard for the U.S. Department of Commerce, bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets at the Tenley Mini-Market yesterday. Mr. Temidayo, 37, said he was not looking for riches but enough money to bring his family from Nigeria to the United States. He has been in the United States three years, he said.

“First of all, I am here alone. I want to establish myself and start a lucrative business,” Mr. Temidayo said. “And a vacation would be nice.”

Across town in Southeast at the Shell Food Mart at South Capitol Street and Southern Avenue, people scurried through the glass doors to take their place in two lines. Nobody appeared to be filling up a gas tank. Rather, visions of millions danced in their heads. The Food Mart accommodated customers with four lottery machines in operation.

Ron Brown, 52, stood outside of the bustling business hawking two packs of socks for $5 in the 98-degree temperatures. He planned to buy five tickets later in the evening.

“It only takes $1 to win. And if I win, I would buy a home in Maryland. Then, I would go to Roanoke, Virginia, and get my mother out of the nursing home — bring her back here and provide her with round-the-clock nursing assistance,” said Mr. Brown, a construction worker who lives in Temple Hills.

James Smith, 41, was one of the lone holdouts. Mr. Smith came inside the market to buy a pack of cigarettes.

“I don’t gamble because I work hard for my money. It’s not just the lottery; I don’t want to give my money to anyone. I’m not going to play. I’m a working man,” said Mr. Smith, a brick mason who lives in College Park.

The largest Powerball jackpot — $314.9 million, drawn on Christmas Day 2002 — was won by Andrew Whittaker Jr. from Jumping Branch, W.Va.

In the District, there have been 10 grand-prize winners since Powerball replaced Lotto America in 1992. In June three District residents won $100,000, a D.C. Lottery Board spokesman said. The game is played in 23 states, plus the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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