Football game's score wins Pick-4 lottery

Nov. 20, 2006 at 2:24 PM
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TOLEDO, Ohio, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Six Ohio State football fans in Toledo got a double dose of joy when their team won 42-39 and the score won them each $5,000 in a Pick 4 lottery minutes later.

The scene unfolded Saturday at Flav's Variety store, where store manager James Foster encourages regular customers to watch games on a wall-mounted television, the Toledo Blade reported Monday.

At half-time in the Ohio State-Michigan game, one of the fans suggested playing the game's final score as a Pick 4 ticket.

Foster said he laughed when six fans scrambled to buy tickets when the game ended at 7:13 p.m., 16 minutes before the draw.

He's said he's kicking himself now for not spending $1 too, the draw came up 4, 2, 3 and 9, the newspaper said. The odds of those numbers turning up in that combination -- or any combination -- are 10,000 to 1, lottery officials said.

The odds of them matching the score of a just-finished football game, however, weren't published.

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