BALTIMORE, Md. -- A Maryland company surprised its 198 employees with a $10 million holiday bonus on Saturday.
The Baltimore-based real estate firm, St. John Properties recently achieved its goal of developing 20 million square feet space in eight states, according to a company press release.
The company's founder and chairman, Edward St. John surprised the employees at the annual holiday celebration.
Each of them opened a red envelope that revealed their surprise bonus.
Watch highlights from the St. John Properties holiday party:
The average employee is getting $50,000 of the share, but the size depended on their years of service. Some are getting six-figure bonuses upwards of $250,000.
"To celebrate the achievement of our goal, we wanted to reward our employees in a big way that would make a significant impact on their lives," said Edward St. John. "I am thankful for every one of our employees, for their hard work and dedication. I couldn't think of a better way to show it."
Many of the employees, who were moved to tears, say they're using the money to pay off their mortgages and children's education.