Dubuque Hotel Employees Try Their Chances at Mega Millions

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the second-largest prize in Mega Millions history. It's the 5th largest of all past lottery prizes. With no winner in Tuesdays drawing, the jackpot is up to $425 million. A winner choosing the cash option would win $228 million before taxes.

That's why managers at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque bought a ticket for each of their 160 employees. Hotel Julien General Manager Dwight Hopfauf said, "It's that time of year and it's just the perfect gift."

Mangers here are challenging employees to sell as many hotel gift certificates as they can. "Part of the deal is, they know if they sell them they're going to get rewards along the way."

Today's reward? A mega millions lottery ticket. That's giving all 160 hotel employees a chance to dream.

"If I were to win, I'd take the entire staff of the hotel to some remote Island somewhere for a week. That would be it," said Melissa Kindred.

Clement Levi said, "We are talking about it. She and I and if I won, she wants ten percent. And if I win, we're going to shake on it."

So, if one of them win, and they split it, who'd stick around to run the hotel?

Hopfauf said, "I think most of them would get up and go to work still. "

Maybe. After all, they've got gift certificates to sell.

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