And even after the White House early Thursday afternoon — less than 24 hours before before our Friday noon deadline for entries (thanks a lot) — trumpeted the total had topped 6 million, many Loop fans still predicted the final numbers wouldn’t be much higher than that. (Winning entries submitted after the announcement are denoted by an asterisk.)
But the top five entrants, a more optimistic group, all predicted before Obama’s first announcement last week that the total would pass 6.6 million. Those five are:
First-place winner Pratap S. Surana, a retired welding company manager from Ellicott City, Md., who predicted the enrollment total would reach 6,850,700. Three others predicted 6.7 million: Tuna Aktulga, a retired librarian from Chevy Chase; retired federal employee Catherine McCullough of Chantilly; and, Angie Partida, of Alexandria, who works for a non-profit.
The next highest entry, at 6.612 million, came from Gerald Feuer, a retired federal employee from Silver Spring, followed by another retired fed, Leslie Lawson of the District, who predicted 6, 543,210.* Health economist Allison Percy of Arlington guessed that 6,503,724 would enroll, and S. William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, predicted 6,427,374.* Michael Gould, a businessman from the District, predicted 6.39 million* would enroll and Marci Wasserman, manager of national client operation for LexisNexis, predicted the final tally wold hit 6.375 million.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for entering.
And don’t forget to enter the Hillary Clinton contest to help her come up with a title for her forthcoming memoir. Send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: Hillarycontest. The top five winners will receive one of those coveted “In the Loop” T-shirts.
Be sure to provide your name, profession, mailing address and T-shirt size (M, L or XL), in case you’re a winner. You must also include a phone number — home, work or, preferably, cell — to be eligible. Deadline is this Friday, April 4. Good luck!