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July 16, 2016
Richard Lee of Washington, DC is now the newest member of the DC Lottery’s Millionaires Club. With more than half of the time allotted to claim his $1.1 million win having elapsed, Lee was the absent holder of 22 winning DC-5 tickets, each valued at $50,000 from the evening game held Monday, March 7, 2016. The succession of winning tickets was purchased from Sylvia’s Liquors, 1818 Benning Road, NE. The winning number was 23736.

Hey, maybe he’s got better things to do; or so pondered players via social media mindful of what had become only a half-open window of opportunity to cash-in what could be the largest payout to a single player in the history of the game. Typically, DC Lottery players have 180 days from the date of game to claim their prize. When asked what about his delayed claim, Mr. Lee coolly replied, “I just wasn’t in the mood. My birthday came around and I thought this would be a good time. It’s a good time,” he smiled. Unclaimed monies are assigned to the District’s Unclaimed Prize Fund and used to fund player incentive programs.

“We’re glad the mystery has been solved,” joked Tracey Cohen, the interim executive director of the DC Lottery. “On average, winners stake their claims relatively quickly. Sometimes, with significant wins such as this, players may wish to consult a financial advisor—a rather sensible mood for a substantial windfall. Regardless of the size of the win, players are always advised to sign the back of their tickets as that is the bearer instrument and to whom the prize will be awarded,” stated Cohen. 

First item of business for this new millionaire? Lunch with friends and family. Long-term goals include real estate investments and securing his family’s financial future. “This is exciting. I don’t it to be overwhelming. I want to enjoy it,” Lee announced.

DC-5 players have a history of winning big. Plays start at 50-cents with the potential of winning $25,000. A common strategy among players is to place $1 wagers—each with the chance to win $50,000. In May 2012, a player cashed-in five winning tickets valued at $250,000. In June 2015, a player won $300,000 with six winning tickets. And, in May 2012, the largest single payout to date had been held by Timothy Lofton of Maryland who won $500,000 with 10 winning tickets. 

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