DCPS official hits big in Charles Town
Anyone working in the top ranks of the D.C. public schools for close to a decade has to be comfortable with long odds. But Instructional Superintendent William Wilhoyte was looking at about a 1-in-7-million chance when he dropped a quarter into the "Royal Spins Deluxe" slot machine on March 7 at Charletown Town Races and Slots in West Virginia. He hit a jackpot just short of $2.6 million.
"It's exhilarating, for sure, but also a bit embarrassing," he said in a Wednesday morning e-mail. His windfall was first reported by The Falls Church News-Press. He called the slots "a mindless activity in which one puts money into machine and pushes a button and hopes that somehow one will beat the odds. Not the most intellectual of activities, but then there's the 2.6."
Wilhoyte, brought to DCPS in 2002 by former Superintendent Paul Vance from a top post in Montgomery County, oversees 23 schools, including all middle and special education schools. His wife, Cheryl Wilhoyte, is principal at Brent Elementary on Capitol Hill. Asked his age, he'll say only "young at heart," although he is probably north of 65. He says he has no immediate plans to retire.
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