A Jasonville man won $1,500 from the Quit Now Indiana Smoking Cessation contest.
Sean Terrell, 31, was the silver medal winner in the contest, coming in second in the random draw of 4,600 people throughout Indiana.
Terrell said he began smoking when he was 15-years-old, and had tried to quit several times in the past few years. His wife, Gayle, urged him to quit smoking for not only his health, but for hers and their daughter, Ava.
"In our old house we had an attached garage where I would go out and smoke, but Ava would follow me out there," Terrell said. "Second-hand smoke is worse than first-hand."
After several failed attempts -- one which lasted nearly two weeks -- Terrell decided to use the smoking patch to help aid his final attempt in September.
"I finally just decided to quit. I smoke like four or five cigarettes in a row to finish off my pack ... I used the patch for like four days. I pretty much quit cold turkey. I've been smoke free for about two and a half months now," Terrell said.
Terrell was shocked to learn he won the contest, and admitted he did not believe it when he first received the phone call.
"I didn't believe it. I was actually pretty shocked. The other winners were from big cities," Terrell noted.
Mary Stackhouse, of Kokomo, was the first place winner with a $2,500 prize and Carla Reel, of Lafayette was the third place winner with $1,000.
Gayle had signed him up for the contest as an added incentive to quit smoking, but neither thought he would actually win the cash.
"I told my wife when we went up to get our prize I wanted one of those great big checks, but she didn't think I would get one. They ended up giving us the big checks," Terrell said with a smile, adding he will be hanging the mock check up in his den.
Since quitting smoking, Terrell has noticed some health benefits and he is saving money, but added the fact he will not have to take smoke breaks is the most important aspect.
"I don't have to go outside and smoke in the winter, and I won't have to miss out on anything because I'm not out smoking somewhere," Terrell stressed.
He also offered advice to smokers who wanted to quit, but still had not been able to.
"Just keep trying. If you really want to quit, you've got to have your mind set on it," Terrell said.
Gayle said she is very happy with her husband for quitting, but added she thought it would take longer for him to completely stop smoking.
"I also signed him up for a Way to Quit study through the University of Pennsylvania," Gayle said.
Terrell added, "But, she didn't have my quit date until now."
For the study, Terrell will have an initial test to ensure he had remained smoke-free, and several follow up saliva tests.