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Office Pool Gave Away Its Mega Millions Winnings

Missouri NICU nurses helped 2 of their own
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2018 3:40 PM CST
In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, lottery forms for Louisiana Mega Millions, Powerball and other lottery games fill the drawer at The World Bar and Grill, in Delta, La., a few miles from the...   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

(Newser) – Their office pool won a slice of the Mega Millions jackpot, but it was a really small slice. Fox News reports 126 NICU nurses at Mercy Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, won $10,000 in October's $1.5 billion drawing. After taxes, the $7,200 works out to a slim $56 each—so they decided to put the money to more significant use: dividing it between two of their own. Nurse Gretchen Post lost a 17-year-old son to suicide on the night of the drawing, and half the winnings were earmarked for his funeral. Neonatologist Casey Orellana's husband is battling sarcoma cancer, forcing her to work fewer hours; the other half went to her. The hospital's tweet on its staff: "When it comes to incredible #nurses, we hit the jackpot!" (Read more uplifting stories here.)

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