If it wasn't for an "ornery" dog named Stella, 33 heating and cooling workers at the University of Utah wouldn't be dividing up a $1 million jackpot.
For 13 years, the group of coworkers had been playing the same set of numbers in the Idaho lottery — Utah doesn't have a lottery — in vain.
Then, on January 6, Steve Hughes, one of the 33, stopped at a gas station on his way to buy the group's monthly ticket. He left his dog, Stella, inside his running vehicle as he went in to pay for gas.
When Hughes returned to his truck, Stella had locked him out by putting her paw on the manual lock, the Associated Press reported.
So while Hughes tried to pick the lock — and eventually coached his dog to open the back window by putting her paws on an electronic window button — his girlfriend went back into the station to buy the ticket there instead of elsewhere.
It was a winner.
The group discovered on Wednesday night that, thanks to Stella's door-lock adventure, they had won the second prize in theRead More »from 'Ornery' dog leads 33 maintenance workers to $1M lottery prize