Stella! Ornery dog leads to $1M Idaho lottery win

February 8, 2013 • National News

John Polidori, a member of a group of 34 University of Utah maintenance workers who won $1 million in the Idaho Lottery, poses with a ceremonial check on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 outside the Idaho Lottery offices in Boise, Idaho with other members of the winning group. Another member of his group, which has been playing Idaho’s lottery continuously since February 2001, bought the winning ticket in Soda Springs, Idaho. Utah doesn’t have a lottery. (AP Photo/John Miller)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named “Stella.”

Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when 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 Login to read more

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