Kim Davenport, an accountant, showed up at work on schedule yesterday. So did Algia Small, a personal care aide at D.C. General Hospital.
But that was all that was routine in their disparate worlds, turned wonderfully upside down Monday night when Davenport became the District's latest lottery millionaire and Small walked off with the second prize of $100,000 during festivities at the D.C. Convention Center.
Davenport, a resident of Arlington who works for the National Council of Senior Citizens in Washington, had told reporters he didn't expect to fritter the money away and that he'd show up at the office because he likes what he does and his organization does "good work."
Davenport, one of 10 children whose parents live in Silver Spring, had jokingly said the only thing he had really wanted out of life was "a top-of-the-line" motorcycle helmet. Yesterday he was still savoring his good fortune. "The odds are really incredible. It's not so much the money, but just to be singled out" of about 12 million tickets sold in the "Loose Change" lottery game.
"I'll just put the money in the bank and wait for my thoughts to catch up with me," he said.
Small, in a telephone interview, said she took the bus to work as usual "because I'm very happy and I didn't want this to change my life." At 63, Small said she has modest plans to pay her bills "and just live comfortably. I'll probably talk to several people before I can find somebody I can trust" to help manage the money, she said.
Small, a resident of Washington, said part of her winnings will help care for her husband, who suffers from severe back problems.
Davenport and Small were the last to have their names read from 20 plastic red balls that had tantalizingly tumbled for several hours Monday night during a long program of song and dance that preceded the drawing, in which 18 other finalists also won prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.
The other top prize winners included Earl Burgess, an employe of the ITT Continental Bakery, who received $25,000 and Mary Wilson, an owner of a District dry cleaning store, who won $10,000.
One of the 16 finalists to win $1,000 was "Lucky 13," a group of 13 Internal Revenue Service employes who had formed a legal partnership in hopes of winning the big prize.
Instead of the $3,800 a year each had figured to win on the big prize, each member wound up with about $77 in winnings, still double what each had invested in the venture.
"It ws a novelty, we had fun," said group spokesman Damon A. Nicholas from his IRS office yesterday. Nicholas said no decision has been made about whether to continue the partnership, but that it likely will end.
Lottery officials said Monday night that of the more than 12 million tickets sold in the Loose Change game, 3,448 persons had won $100 tickets to become eligible for the millionaire drawing. That number was reduced to 20 in a separate drawing July 18 in front of the District Building. CAPTION: Picture, Kim Davenport, the million-dollar winner in the D.C. lottery, is congratulated after Monday night's drawing by Algia Small, the runner-up who won $100,000, By John McDonnell -- The Washington Post