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New York Costco Employees Win $200 Million Powerball Lottery

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MELVILLE, N.Y.) -- A group of Costco employees just got the best bargain of their lives.

Twenty co-workers at a Costco store in Melville, N.Y., shared the winning Powerball lottery ticket, earning them a $201.9 million jackpot, a store spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News.

The drawing was announced on Wednesday. No word yet on the identities of the employees, but the spokeswoman said they would likely announce who they are together.

The Quick-Pick ticket was purchased at the Maulik & Chandni stationery store in Lindenhurst, Long Island in New York. It matched all five numbers plus the Powerball to claim the grand prize.

The winning combination for this lottery was 8, 18, 38, 46, and 56, and the winning Powerball number was 31. Carolyn Hapeman, a spokeswoman for the New York State Lottery, said the date the ticket was sold will remain secret until the winners are identified.

According to Newsday, a local newspaper, a news conference was planned for Thursday morning at the Costco store, but was later canceled because not all the winning employees were able to attend.

The odds of winning the grand prize for Powerball are one in 195 million, according to the Powerball website.

The jackpot had been growing since it was last hit in Merrillville, Ind. on April 23. The winner, William "Bill" Swanson II of Houston, won $74 million.

The latest winners of the $201.9 million prize will claim the second largest jackpot of the year. Michael Reardon and Darin Fox of Indiana won $221.7 million on April 6.

Powerball jackpot drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The next is June 4.

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Cheese Warning for Gouda Sold at Costco in Five States

Image Courtesy - Bravo Farms(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are warning people not to eat a certain kind of cheese sold at Costco stores in five states.  It may be linked to a small E. coli outbreak that has sickened about two dozen people in five western states.  Costco is working with the federal government to track the possible outbreak.

People in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada have been affected and authorities suspect the Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese sold and offered as samples at Costco stores in those states.  It's listed as Costco item 40654 and if you have any of it, you are advised to take it back to the place you bought it or dispose of it in a sealed container.

Most people infected with this strain of E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but some illnesses may last longer and can be more severe. While most people recover within a week, some may develop a severe infection.

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