Working at the Social Security Administration used to be a family affair in Druretta Moore's family, but now there are 8 million reasons for the dynasty to end.
Moore, 53, is the sole winner in last week's $8 million Lotto jackpot. A Social Security worker for 16 years, she left the agency in 1988 because of health problems that force her to use a wheelchair to get around.
But her brother, Dennis Knox, 39, and her sister, Lorraine Moore, 40, continue to work at the federal agency. Now, just as they were steeling themselves to face the threat of furloughs for a second time this autumn, they at least have the comfort of knowing they have a rich sister.
"Should we look prosperous?" Knox joked yesterday, as the three waited for Moore to receive a facsimile of an $8 million check, which symbolizes the approximately $400,000 she is to receive annually for the next 20 years.
While the siblings insisted that the winning ticket belonged to their sister alone, Lorraine Moore was candid enough to hope out loud that her older sister's good fortune could speed her to an early retirement.
Druretta Moore, of West Baltimore, said she would share her winnings with her brother and sister, but had few other plans.
When Moore was asked if she might use the money to move, her sister answered for her: "Everybody moves after they get $8 million."
Moore bought the ticket at the Stop, Shop & Save on Pennsylvania Avenue, just as she has bought tickets almost every week for the past few years. "Sometimes I bought six or seven," she said. "Sometimes I couldn't buy any."
She used a system to pick her numbers, but Moore won't divulge how it works. She says she might want to play again.