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CU workers in N. Dakota win 250K in lottery
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (5/21/10)--Roy Musland, 17 fellow employees of First Community CU in Jamestown, N.D., and one former employee of have been pooling their money and playing the lottery for the past six years. It finally paid off. On Wednesday, Musland arrived at work and saw an e-mail from a co-worker, Sharmon Zachrison, saying he and some other employees needed to participate in a conference call later that morning. “I was wondering what was going on,” Musland told News Now. “Then, during the conference call, Sharmon said we matched five of five lottery numbers.” The group won $250,000. The winning numbers were 11-13-19-37-40. Zachrison is in charge of buying the tickets. There are two drawings per week at a contribution of $2 per person, Musland said. When he and his colleagues realized they had won, it was “total pandemonium,” he said. “People were laughing, crying, and rolling around on the floor. I kept saying, ‘You’re kidding me, you’re kidding me.’” Musland, his 17 co-workers, and the former employee, who will each receive about $9,100 after taxes, exchanged stories about what they plan to do with the money. Some will use the winnings to pay bills, take trips, or a combination of the two. One woman at First Community who got married several years ago plans to use the money so she and her husband can take a honeymoon. Their win--a one-in 3.9-million chance--was also the first for the state of North Dakota for Mega Millions, which is great for the state and community, Musland said. The employees plan to continue playing the lottery. “We’re all here today,” Musland said. “We’re not quitting our jobs. The most fun part of it is that there are so many people who are happy for us, and so many members who are excited for us.” First Community CU has $323 million in assets.


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