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Usually, the goal of entering a lottery is to collect a pile of cash. In Adams Morgan, the goal is to shell out a pile of cash—at least when it comes to parking. On Aug. 7, residents will participate in a lottery to win one of 25 new community parking spaces inside a new condo development on 18th Street NW. Lofts in the building will cost $500,000, and lot space will have a hefty price of its own: The lucky winners will get to shell out an initial payment of $740—a $185-per-month fee for a compact-car space in the building, backed by a three-month security deposit. “I never heard of a three-month security deposit for anything,” marvels local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mark Wright. But, he adds, in a neighborhood where residents can circle for an hour looking for street parking, money isn’t everything. —Annys Shin