A 53-year-old Fairfax County man became the second-highest jackpot winner in the D.C. lottery yesterday but the first who didn't want his identity made public.
"I don't want any publicity," the $10.66 million Lotto America winner announced as he picked up the first of 20 annual checks for $533,000 during a private ceremony yesterday, according to D.C. lottery spokeswoman Dana V. Shelley.
Lottery officials are identifying the winner only as "Mr. Kilano," of Annandale, although they would love to say more.
"He says he's a quiet man, he does his work, he loves his family and he just does not want any publicity about this prize," Shelley said. "We want publicity. I believe that the credibility and the integrity of the lottery is tied to people knowing that people win the lottery . . . . People in the general public know that people want to keep their privacy, but they also want to know that someone has won."
At least for now, the lottery officials' lips are sealed. Pending further study of privacy laws, the officials found themselves in the awkward position of denying, at least temporarily, a Freedom of Information Act request for the winner's full name that was submitted yesterday by The Washington Post.
While the man behind the money remains a mystery, the secret to his success does not. Lottery officials said it all came to the man's wife in a dream about her deceased father.
It seems her father, in the dream, told her to buy a ticket in Washington, Shelley said. The woman told officials that the last time she dreamed about her father, she and her husband lost $19,000 by not betting on a horse race.
With that track record, Kilano went to Press Liquors at 527 14th St. NW, where he is an avid player, and bet on his daughter's lucky numbers: 7-17-27-42-43-47.
Kilano, who won $10.66 million minus 20 percent to the Internal Revenue Service, is the fourth winner of a big Lotto America jackpot from a ticket sold in the District. It is the second-largest prize won by a D.C. lottery player, officials said. A record $16 million was won by a Virginia man in February 1989. Press Liquors also hit the jackpot: $25,000 for selling the winning ticket to Kilano.