I read earlier today that someone from the Washington, D.C. area won the Powerball jackpot. The mystery winner won $144 million. The winning ticket was bought at the Giant Food store on Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C. I do know that the winner isn’t me. I forgot to buy a ticket yesterday 😦
By Petula Dvorak
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The opening of a new Giant two years ago in Ward 8, after nearly a decade without a grocery store, was celebrated with bunches of balloons, violinists and politicians preening for cameras.
But today the store on Alabama Avenue is Southeast is abuzz for another big event: Someone bought the only winning ticket for a $144 million Powerball prize there.
A D.C. Lottery van was parked on the sidewalk in front of the Giant this morning. About a dozen helium filled balloons greeted shoppers just inside the grocery’s automated doors.
The community has been abuzz over the news of the winning ticket, said Mark Ortega, the store manager.
“With these economic times, we’re really glad the winner is probably coming from this community,” he said.
The winning ticket bears the numbers 1, 6, 48, 52, 56 and the Powerball is 9. Officials do not know the name of the winner, who has not come forward.
“The D.C. Lottery is very excited that the grand prize POWERBALL jackpot ticket was sold in the District,” Jeffrey “Jay” Young, executive director of the D.C. Lottery, said in a statement.
Powerball began in 1985 and is played in 29 states, the District and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The record jackpot was $365 million won by eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant in February 2006.
Currently 30 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia participate in the Powerball Lottery. Unfortunately the District of Columbia hasn’t had a Powerball jackpot winner in almost ten years. This area use to have jackpot winners every once in a while especially during the 90’s, but around the year 2000 this area ran into a cold spell. My co-worker and I use to talk about this Powerball jackpot drought in D.C. But now things are looking up. Someone around here finally won. Congrats to the lucky winner!!!