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After playing the same set of numbers every month for thirteen years in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 heating and cooling workers who keep university buildings running hit pay dirt when one of them, Steve Hughes, left his truck running to keep his dog Stella warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. His home state, Utah, has no lottery.
When he returned to his truck, his miniature pinscher had locked him out by putting her paw on the manual lock. Hughes, 29, had actually planned to buy the ticket somewhere else entirely, but instead, to save time, he had his girlfriend buy it there while he tried to jimmy the door.
He eventually cajoled and coaxed a barking Stella to put her paws on the electronic window button in the back seat, allowing Hughes to get in the car. What seemed like an annoying delay that day turned out to be most serendipitous when the group discovered Wednesday night that they had won second prize in the Idaho Powerball. Hughes and his supervisor say they will each get about $20,000 after taxes, or as Hughes said, “A nice little bonus during the year.”
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