Washington, DC–Christmas may be over, but the wish list continues as DC braces for what could be a monumental announcement for local lottery players. While excitement builds around the growing jackpots for this week’s Mega Millions and POWERBALL games, Carlos Mabry of the Washington, DC area is one of five lucky finalists in the “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year” promotion.

Mr. Mabry will vie with four contestants from around the country for the chance to win $1 million in a special drawing to be held just after midnight on ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.” To heighten excitement of this potentially life-changing announcement, the DC Lottery encourages viewers to follow and cheer on Carlos’ journey with #DCforTeamCarlos on its social media platforms.

The jackpot for tomorrow’s Mega Millions game is $376 million. This is the highest prize for this game since June 2019. Wednesday’s POWERBALL game boasts a $363 million jackpot, the highest for this game since January of this year.

“Rising multi-million dollar jackpots and a 1 in 5 chance that DC will welcome a new millionaire! What a way to close out 2020,” says Director of Marketing and Communications Nicole Jordan. “Every win is a win with the DC Lottery. And, Mr. Mabry is already a winner with us as his finalist’s package as a contest finalist was valued at $20,000. He said he was “Doing it for DC,” well DC is rooting for you, Carlos!” cheered Jordan.

The five finalists were selected from a pool of 482 entries from participating lottery jurisdictions including the District of Columbia and 18 states. The “POWERBALL First Millionaire of the Year,” winner will be revealed just after midnight on January 1, 2021. In addition to the live broadcast highlighting Mr. Mabry’s winning experience, the DC Lottery encourages audiences to follow his winning experience using #DCforTeamCarlos and #RockinEve.

POWERBALL tickets are $2 per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Mega Millions tickets are $ per play. Tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday 10 p.m. ET. Proceeds from the sale of DC Lottery games are transferred to the DC General Fund.

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Since its inception in 1982, the DC Lottery has awarded more than $3.8 billion in prizes, transferred more than $2.14 billion to the District's General Fund which supports essential services in the District, and has helped local nonprofits raise more than $134 million in support of social causes.