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The Cleveland Indians' 15-game winning streak means a local company owes customers a $1.7 million rebate

Not all baseball promotions are created equal. While some fans have to be content with a free six-inch Subway sandwich with the purchase of a drink when their team racks up 10 strikeouts or more in a game, Cleveland-area remodelers are getting a $1.7 million rebate on installations thanks to the Indians' 15-game winning streak this month, KCRA 3 reports.

Universal Windows Direct announced the promotion for its 15th anniversary in July: Customers would get all money back on work done by the company if the Indians had a 15-game winning streak between Aug. 1 and the end of the regular season. It was a gamble, sure, albeit a pretty safe one — the Indians had never had a winning streak longer than 14 games in their 123-year history. In fact, the Indians' current streak is the longest in Major League Baseball since the Oakland Athletics won 20 games in a row in 2002, ESPN reports.

"I never believed it was going to happen, so I only started paying attention yesterday," said Lorianne Sevic, who will get back $34,000 for windows, siding, doors, and gutters that Universal Windows Direct worked on in July.

The Indians have the opportunity to extend their streak in Cleveland on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles.