James F. Hammond, a 45-year-old Springfield paint store manager, yesterday won a $1,077 trip for two to the Jan. 30 Super Bowl when one of his 78 entries in the D.C. Lottery's first "losers' drawing" was plucked from a pile of more than 10,000 envelopes.
Hammond said he spent two nights this week signing each of the 780 losing $1 lottery tickets he has purchased in the last few weeks and then, as was required by the contest rules, stuffing 10 of them in each envelope he sent in for the drawing.
"I was sure it was going to come through," said Hammond, who plans to take his 14-year-old son Todd to the Super Bowl, which will be played this year in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Hammond said he and his son are Washington Redskins fans, but they would make the trip regardless of whether the Redskins win today's game with the Dallas Cowboys for a Super Bowl berth.
In addition to his losing tickets, Hammond said he's had winning tickets, one of which has made him eligible for the next millionaires' drawing.
Games Production Inc., the company hired by the city to run its instant lottery games, staged yesterday's drawing in an effort to boost lagging lottery ticket sales. Weekly "losers' drawings" will be held for merchandise prizes until the D.C. Double game is over.
Gloria A. Decker, Games Production's general manager, said lottery officials believe that most of the losing tickets submitted in yesterday's drawing were tickets that some players have kept, possibly for tax purposes, since the game started in late October. Gambling losses may be used to offset gambling winnings, which must be reported for tax purposes.
Several of the 200 lottery players who attended the drawing said they had submitted multiple entries of old losing tickets, as Hammond did.
Decker said she expects that more of the entries in the upcoming Friday drawings will include recently purchased losing tickets. As a result, she said, she expects sales to increase from the 900,000 figure of each of the last two weeks.
Games Production had announced that comedian Redd Foxx would draw the five winning entries yesterday, but lottery board member Almore Dale performed the chore when Foxx failed to appear.
A Ft. Washington resident, Senney E. Turner, won a color television, while three District residents won the other prizes, six Washington Federals football tickets, a $200 gift certificate at Herman's World of Sporting Goods and dinner for four at the LaPlaza restaurant.