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Original amount = M

Grace (M – 245) = 1/4 Janice (M – 74)

4 (M – 245) = M – 74

4M – 980 = M – 74

4M – M = 980 – 74

3M = 906

M = 302

They started out with $302 each.

Check: Grace 302-245 = 57, Janice 302-74 = 228, yes it’s true!

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