For MassDOT RMV Lottery Winners the Prize is the Number

2010 Low Number Plate Lottery. Reg Kaprielian with winner Bruce DeMello.

(Brookline, MA) - Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced the winners of MassDOT's license plate lottery following a live drawing at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline that attracted more than 100 people in the running for 177 low number registrations, including R12, 2002 and 55A.

"Since the first registrations were issued around the turn of the century, low number plates have historically been viewed as a status symbol reserved for the well connected," said Registrar Kaprielian. "The lottery ensures that all vehicle owners have a fair and equal opportunity to get these coveted registrations."

With the museum's antique vehicles serving as a backdrop, Registrar Kaprielian awarded the plates by spinning a drum and drawing names from among this year's record 8,585 applicants.

For Bruce DeMello from North Dartmouth the third time was the charm. After applying to the lottery for the past three years, he won plate number 8494. "This is going on the sports car I plan to buy myself now that my daughter has graduated from college," he said.

Ernest Kramer was awarded plate number 5182. The Wrentham native won his first lottery plate two years ago and was in the crowd then for the 2008 live drawing at the auto museum. "I'm beginning to think you increase your luck, if you're here in person to watch the winners names drawn," he said.

The Massachusetts RMV is the oldest motor vehicle administrative agency in America, which issued the first license plate in 1903. Many of the top ten single digit plates that were first given out remain in the same family and are passed down through generations.

Winners of the 2010 lottery will have until December 31, 2010 to claim their plates and swap them with their current registration. The RMV will notify all winners by mail with instructions on how they can claim the winning plates.

Go Online Instead of Waiting in Line-more than a dozen new transactions have been added to the MassDOT RMV website in the last two years increasing customer transaction traffic by 40%. In addition to renewing a license or registration, customers can also complete all license paperwork online and make an appointment to complete the application in a branch as well as register to be an organ tissue donor, book a road test and sign up for a free reminder service.

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