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Luckiest Hoosier Alive

Real-life Good Luck Charm

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing July’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Jason Hoard “I’m that guy where puzzling meets unbelievable,” says Jason Hoard, a postal service employee and father of four who seems to be a real-life good luck charm. Back in 2005, Hoard struggled in his attempt at purchasing a scratch-off lottery ticket. “I had no idea what I was doing,” says Hoard, a resident of Avon. “After putting $20 in one of the machines and expecting change, I finally figured it out.” Days later, he saw a picture of the $1 million lotto winner and recognized the face as the guy ...

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A Lucky Accident

June’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Dave Hawkins Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing On December 5, 2012, Dave Hawkins, a CPA, had just finished a grueling two-day tax seminar when he got into his car to head home. “It was dark, but the roads were dry,” Hawkins says. “I remember looking up and seeing this car going off the road.” Before he had time to process what was happening, Hawkins’ vehicle collided, head-on, with the other. Though he was fortunate to not sustain internal bleeding or severe injuries, he suffered six broken ribs — a pain so searing that Hawkins likens it to ...

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Ducking Death & Loving Life

May’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Jeff Hull Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing They say “third time’s a charm,” and that’s certainly the case for Jeff Hull, who has cheated death twice and now has been named May’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive by Hoosier Park Casino. It was 2014 when Hull started experiencing flu-like symptoms that wouldn’t subside. After enduring multiple digestive problems that landed him in the hospital twice, he traveled to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for further evaluation. “They tore me apart,” says Hull, noting that he had pancreas problems, an enlarged spleen and a liver that was being destroyed by cirrhosis ...

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Luckiest Hoosier Alive Beats Three Brain Tumors

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing In March 2016, Leah Blackford was playing cards with her family and husband, Chris, when suddenly she threw the deck across the table, went stiff as a board and stopped moving. At first Chris thought she was joking around. When she didn’t respond, however, he began to panic. Thirty seconds later, Leah’s eyes popped open, though they were unfocused, and she seemed disoriented. “I don’t remember any of it, but apparently for 30 minutes I was asking a bunch of strange and repetitive questions,” Leah says. Chris insisted they go to the hospital. The ER team ...

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