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Posted at 1:27 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Virginia man uses Caps jerseys to win lottery

By Dan Steinberg

Whenever I play the lottery, I always go with 2, 14, 17, 37 and 39. And I never win. Remarkable. Damn you, ex-number-of-David-Steckel./

But it turns out that instead of playing ex-Caps, I should have been playing Caps stars. Like Jimmy Smith of Alexandria, a heartwarming Reader's Digest story come to life, via the Virginia Lottery:

Jimmy Smith of Alexandria doesn't play hockey; he plays the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game. The Washington Capitals fan used his knowledge of his favorite players on the ice to win a cool $100,000. He matched all five numbers in the February 17 Cash 5 day drawing.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 8-19-21-22-28. Why did he select those numbers? Number 8 on the Capitals is Alex Ovechkin. Number 19 is Nicklas Backstrom. Brooks Laich is 21. Mike Knuble is 22 and Alexander Semin is 28. For Mr. Smith, that was a winning team!

Now, why did Jimmy's lineup feature five forwards? Why was Jason Chimera excluded? Can you really argue that Smith's knowledge, per se, was used to win the $100,000? And was the cash actually cool?

Either way, well done, sir. Next up, the Redskins 2008 draft class. I'm playing 11, 12, 14, 41 and 48.

Yes, that was a sly Durant Brooks reference.

(Via @NGreenberg)

By Dan Steinberg  | March 1, 2011; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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numbers i'm going to play:

2 - Chris Webber
5 - Juwan Howard
40 - Calber Cheaney
77 - Gheorge Muresan
00 - KevinDuckworth

THAT'S the reason i'm a BULLETS FAN!

Posted by: sa11231 | March 1, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What a degenerate. I love it!!!!

Posted by: CF11555 | March 2, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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