5 E. Oregon WalMart workers win Idaho lottery

5 E. Oregon WalMart workers win Idaho lottery

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Posted on January 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 4 at 11:18 AM

ONTARIO, Ore. -- Five employees of an Ontario, Ore. WalMart store have split the prize in Idaho's annual Million Dollar Raffle.

For several months, each had put $10 per paycheck into a pool, purchasing 70 tickets.

The five went to the lottery office in Boise Tuesday to pick up their $200,000 checks. All said the money would go towards paying off bills.

One worker, Eddie Yrigez, thought he was getting fired when an announcement went out over the PA system at work calling him to the office.

"Yeah, I went to work earlier, an hour earlier," Yrigez said, "and I heard my name called through the intercom, and I go, 'oh, I'm going to the office. I hope I ain't getting fired.' And they just said congratulations, we had won. It was exciting."

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