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Lottery-winning nurses give Mega Millions windfall to coworkers who needed it most

They won a once-in-a-lifetime jackpot but a group of nurses in St. Louis didn’t keep their good fortune from those who needed it. 

The 126 nurses at Mercy Children’s Hospital were part of the winning lottery pool. They had one of five tickets that were worth $10,000 in Missouri when the $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize was won, KMOV reported

They were one number from winning the entire jackpot.

After taxes, the $7,200 the group had won, divided by 126, put $56 in each winner’s pocket. 

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They decided that instead of each one only collecting their portion of the prize, they would give it to two people who could use the extra money, according to KMOV.

Those two people were Gretchen Post and Casey Orellana.

Orellana’s husband was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer this year. He hasn’t been able to work, between treatments and wound care. The cancer had also spread to his lungs. The couple also has two children so the mom and wife cut her hours in half to care for the family at home, KMOV reported.

As for Post, her son committed suicide on the night of the drawing in October.

Post’s portion will go to pay for her 17-year-old son’s funeral, KMOV reported.

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