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State and Nation

February 8, 2013

Stella! Ornery dog leads to $1M Idaho lottery win

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Hughes plans to save half of his share and buy a four-wheeler. Many in the group plan to buy four-wheelers or drag cars, he said. Some are going to save or invest it.

"I'm going to pay off some bills and probably get me a boat," Tison said.

The lucky winners also made sure Hughe's dog, "Stella," was rewarded.

"She got a couple of big surprises when I got home," Hughes said. "She got 18-inch rawhide bones."

Recently, some in the group suggested they change the numbers — fed up with 13 years of futility. But Tison and others insisted they stay the course. They first started buying the tickets in February 2001, choosing to stick with the same numbers.

Tison said they plan to keep playing the Idaho Powerball, taking turns making the monthly 1.5 hour drive to Millad, Idaho to pick up a ticket.

And yes, Tison says they'll keep playing the same numbers: 11-16-33-40-41.

"There is no need to change them," Tison said. "It's good luck. "

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