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IPFW writing teacher wins $98,300

Stevens Amidon

Statement as issued Tuesday by Hoosier Lottery:

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2014) – Timing is everything! When he plays Cash 5, Stevens Amidon of Fort Wayne always plays the same set of numbers, 7-9-10-11-26. As a general rule, the Allen County man usually only plays once the Cash 5 jackpot grows to at least $100,000. The game’s jackpot starts at $50,000 and increases every night until it is won.

For some reason, Amidon broke with his routine last Saturday and bought a ticket for that night’s Cash 5 drawing even though the $97,500 advertised jackpot was just shy of his normal threshold for playing.

The lucky winner is glad he made an exception and bought a ticket because his exact five lucky numbers – 7-9-10-11-26 – were drawn,

“I almost didn’t play!” said Amidon.

The lucky winner is retired from the military and works as a writing professor at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. He and his wife Debbie have lived in Fort Wayne for about 10 years and have two sons.

With their first grandchild on the way, the lucky couple is excited to be able to use their winnings to help out their children.

“You always think about winning but it actually happening is great,” said Amidon.

Amidon purchased his ticket at Lassus Brothers Oil at 5917 Lima Road in Fort Wayne.

While the estimated advertised jackpot for Feb. 8 was $97,500, after all sales were in, the jackpot ended up being $98,300. Cash 5 is drawn every night and costs just $1 a play.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher’s Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

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