Brisbane Syndicate Wins AU$55 Million Powerball Lottery JackpotPublished January 12, 2017 by Arthur M
21 office workers in Brisbane Australia have shared a $55 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
It's a very happy new year for 21 workers in the Queensland Department of Education, as they each get a AU$2.6 million share of the AU$55 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
This is the fourth biggest in the history of Australia and the second biggest Powerball win.
About The Jackpot
Drawn on Thursday 5th January, the Powerball lottery had rolled over six times without a ticket matching all the numbers. The lucky syndicate had bought a ticket from Casino News in Brisbane with the numbers 6, 8, 23, 31, 36, 39 and the Powerball 15 completing their good fortune.
The 21 co-workers are in a department of just 35, so luckily for the state of Queensland, they are not all taking early retirement. Reports say that while some of the team, who range in age from 23 to 60, will decide to quit work, others will be paying off debts, helping out family or going on holidays.
The syndicate leader, who has so far not been publicly named has said "We were talking in the office yesterday about what we would do if we won and now it has happened. I just can't believe it,'' adding that "Now I'll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed. I'll be able to afford braces."
Although this ticket was bought at a local store, it could just as easily have been purchased online, through a site like The Lotter. These services open up the biggest games to a worldwide audience, with tickets bought by local agents and any winnings sent to the players' nominated bank accounts.
Being part of a syndicate is a popular way for people to enter lotteries, with a nominated leader usually collecting funds and purchasing tickets. The odds of winning are greatly increased, but of course any prizes will then need to be split between the syndicate members, but when each gets AU$2.6 million, it all becomes worth it.