D.C. Resident Wins Prince George's House Lottery

6/17/2012, 8:56 p.m.

Family to Move in June 30

LARGO, MD --- Looks like D.C. resident Derek Slocum will be making a move soon. Slocum was the winner of the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development's (DHCD) first House Lottery, which took place earlier this month during the 2012 Housing Fair in Landover, Md.

Slocum was announced the winner after County Executive Rushern L. Baker pulled his name from the raffle barrel during the crowded mid-day event. An excited Slocum was joined on stage with his wife, daughter and church pastor as he shook hands with Baker, Prince George's Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison, Prince George's County Director of Housing and Community Development Eric C. Brown and HUD official Marvin Turner.

"We are so pleased to award this home to a deserving family at such a substantially reduced price," said Brown. "The home is a Green Energy Star 3 Home which means it is designed to help the homeowners save money on utility bills and protect the environment through improved building and energy performance."

The Slocums' new split level home, called "The Lanham," boasts four bedrooms and two baths. The house which sits on a corner lot, is worth $260,000. The family will be able to purchase the home for $190,000.00 and move in June 30.

Applicants for the House Lottery had to be pre-qualified to enter the drawing. They had to be first-time home buyers and qualify for a mortgage of $190,000.

"Wow! What a blessing," said Slocum. "My wife said she had a good feeling about the house this morning."