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Hitchin' Post employee wins lottery, splits winnings with boss

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED - Hitchin' Post Pizza bar manager Johnathon Davis and owner Valerie Ballantyne hold up their lottery winnings.Hitchin’ Post Pizza just got really lucky.

The Oregon Lottery announced that Hitchin’ Post bar manager Johnathon Davis had the winning Keno 8-Spot ticket for the $92,206 jackpot.

The winning ticket was one of four Hitchin’ Post Pizza owner Valerie Ballantyne had bought for herself, two friends and Davis during the Oregon Ducks’ Rose Bowl game.

According to an Oregon Lottery press release, Ballantyne had joked that if any of them won, they’d have to give her half.

Little did she know she’d just given Davis a winning ticket.

Davis was determined to split his winnings with Ballantyne, but didn’t want to know how much he’d won until he arrived in Salem.

After taxes, each got to take home about $30,000.

The press release said that Ballantyne was leaning toward putting the money into the restaurant while Davis hinted at a Playstation 4 in his future.

This article was updated on Jan. 9.

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