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Ovechkin and the Capitals help Virginia man win the lottery

The Capitals have had trouble cashing in this season, but playing five Washington forwards paid off for Jimmy Smith, a Capitals fan from Alexandria, Va.

Smith won the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game last month with the lucky combination of 8-19-21-22-28, the numbers of Capitals' top five point-getters. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize that Smith claimed are 1-in-278,256.

From the corny press release from the Virgnia 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"

On his Twitter feed, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis joked, "I Have Invested in These Same Numbers!"

I don't know if the Capitals have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup -- you can read my thoughts on their deadline deals here -- but Leonsis's odds of hitting the jackpot this year are sure better than 1-in-278,256.

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