Lotteries are a fun and life-changing game and a favorite of many people around the world. But, the fact of the matter is that winning the lottery is easier said than done. The odds of most games are very tough and you have to be very lucky for taking home a prize. It is a fact that the more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning. But, this also means you have to spend more and not everyone can afford to do so. Therefore, the concept of syndicates was introduced in which a group of people chip in and buy a large number of tickets.
These are thought to boost your chances of winning considerably and this is affirmed when you take a look at lottery winners and see that 20 percent of all prizes are paid out to syndicates. One syndicate win was awarded when a group of people, essentially colleagues at work, took home a significant lottery jackpot. The group comprised of nine people from Montreal, who are somewhat secretive, and they won a massive prize of $60 million in the LottoMax. The group had been playing the lottery for quite some time, but hadn’t had any luck.
This time, they had chosen to tweak their playing style and ending up bagging the big prize. The members of the group were quite prudent and usually split the cost of a single ticket in each draw. However, since it was the holiday season and the jackpot had also reached its maximum level, each member had decided to put in $20 each and this actually worked for them. The syndicate members worked for the same firm, but chose not to name their company or their line of work. The Quebec gaming authority stated that the winners were colleagues working in finance in downtown Montreal.
The big winners were questioned about their work, but they refused to disclose their occupation. The colleagues were asked if they were already wealthy prior to winning the prize, Julie Beland, one of the winners said that everyone had different definitions of rich. Each of the players took home $6 million each. Enzo Scattone had woken up and checked the grand prize winners through his go-to internet website. After reading the news that a group from Montreal had won, he checked Loto Quebec’s website as well to confirm the news. Upon confirmation, he had begun to cry because he couldn’t believe it and he immediately thought of his family.
One good thing about the winners is that their winnings would not have any impact on their life goals. Beland, who is in her 30s, said that they would remain grounded and they did have many new possibilities, but were not going to change their overall plans. Nonetheless, they chose not to reveal any of their personal details, including their age as they wished to keep their life private.
Lotto Max is a game played all over Canada and the maximum jackpot it gives out is $60 million. According to Quebec’s gaming authority, the odds of taking home this prize are one in 28.6 million for one play. Syndicates are an excellent way of overcoming these odds and this was proved yet again when the $60 million jackpot prize was won by another syndicate comprising of 31 members. These were all oil refinery workers and were able to win the big prize that could change their lives.
The 31 workers belong to a province of Newfoundland and they are all employed in a town called Come by Chance. With their lottery tickets, the workers were able to claim one of the largest jackpots in the history of Canada. In fact, it is the largest prize to have been paid out in Atlantic Canada and every player will take home a sum of $1.9 million, which is nothing to sneeze at. Five of the total thirty one workers said that they were going to retire after the win.
The remaining people are all members of the same union and they were planning to continue with their jobs in the refinery. The winning ticket was purchased by Sherry Moore Hickey on behalf of the syndicate and when she learned of their luck, she found it very hard to believe it was happening. She informed all the other members of the syndicate about the win by calling each of them individually. She said that she had told all of them the same thing that they had become millionaires.
Sherry said that she had to mention that it wasn’t a joke and they had indeed become millionaires. She told the members to check the tickets for confirmation. She joked that she was very lucky because thirty men had told her they loved her and all in one day. Not many women have this kind of luck. The good thing for Sherry was that she was not the only one who got a share of the jackpot; her husband had also pitched in for buying the ticket so he also got some of the prize.
While other details about the winners are not known, eight of them reside in the small community of Avondale, which has a population of 600 people. As a matter of fact, three of them even reside on the same street. This kind of payday is something everyone looks forward to, but making it happen is not as easy. Participating in the syndicate worked for these people as well and allowed them to beat the tough odds in the LottoMax.
Nowadays, people also have the option of joining online syndicates if they don’t want to form their own as managing them can be tough. You just need to pay for the ticket and can sit back and wait for the lottery results to be announced. The website is responsible for governing the syndicate and ensuring that every member is paid their winnings after the results have been announced. It is an excellent way of boosting your odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot.