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Hoosier Lottery news release:
Retired Merrillville steelworker hits $77,500 on Cash 5
INDIANAPOLIS - Men, here's reason number 77,500 to listen to your wives. It can pay off in a multitude of ways. Just ask Edgar Relf of Merrillville. The lucky Lake County man has an extra $77,500 in the bank because he listened to his wife when she encouraged him to purchase a Cash 5 ticket that ended up being the game's first jackpot winner!
To be fair, Relf's win wasn't all his wife's doing. While she suggested he try the new game, it was Relf's selection of five of his favorite numbers that netted him the big bucks. All five of his chosen numbers matched the Nov. 15 winning numbers: 8-9-19-29-39.
"Those are some of my favorite numbers," said Relf. "Eight is one of my regular numbers and then everything else I went with was a nine."
All those nines added up to $77,500 for the lucky retiree. Because he played an easily recognizable sequence of nines, a number that is special to him, Relf said he knew immediately he had won.
"I looked at the Cash 5 numbers and I said, 'I played those numbers! Those are my numbers!'" said Relf.
After 37 years of working in the steel mills and three years of retirement, Relf is ready to truly enjoy himself. In fact, he's already made his first purchase, a new watch, which he purchased on a home shopping channel when he couldn't sleep after discovering his win late on the night of Nov. 15.
Relf purchased his winning ticket at GoLo at 6085 Cleveland Circle in Merrillville. Hoosier Lottery Public Relations Manager introduced Relf to the media at an event at the store yesterday afternoon.
Cash 5, which costs just $1 to play and draws every night, features the best cash odds of any Hoosier Lottery draw game and a jackpot that starts at $50,000. The jackpot rolls, or increases, every day until it is hit. Currently, the Cash 5 jackpot is at $84,500 -- its highest level ever.
The overall odds of winning are 1 in 8.8.
Players may purchase Cash 5 tickets anywhere Hoosier Lottery draw games are sold. Tickets cost $1 per play and may be purchased simply by asking a retail clerk for "Cash 5."
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.8 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.