WESLEY CHAPEL — A dentist from Maryland guessed the Dow would still be in the tank by the end of last month and is now $2,000 richer.
Dr. H. David Allick, 56, of Rockville guessed the Dow would close at 7,995 by the end of the trading day on Friday. He was only 5 points off — the Dow closed at 8,000.
He logged his guess on www.traderplanet.com, a Wesley Chapel-based social networking site for people interested in trading. The site promised the cash, plus $10,000 worth of trading software, to the person who came closest to predicting the Dow's finish.
Allick was Net surfing on Jan. 20, the last day of the contest, when he found Trader Planet. He registered and entered the contest without doing any real research, he said.
Allick said he plans to donate half the money to food banks and invest the rest.
Coincidentally, he also won a 1-carat diamond years ago during a jewelry store promotion by guessing how long it would take a block of ice to melt around it. It took 10 hours and 41 minutes.
Allick's guess? 10 hours and 40 minutes.