Sun, Jan 15, 9:30am by Staff Writer
After hearing that Tatts’ Powerball lotto jackpot had moved to the $55 million mark, many Australians who don’t normally play the numbers decided to take a shot.
For one young woman working within the Queensland Department of Education, and 20 of her colleagues, the decision proved to be one of the best she’s ever made.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, learned about the massive Powerball jackpot and wanted to throw her hat into the ring. Rather than assume all the risk herself, the woman decided to pool her resources with friends and colleagues from her Brisbane office, gathering funds from 20 other Education Department employees and purchasing tickets as a group.
The drawing was held on the 5th of January,
Per a winner’s story report posted on TheLott website, the syndicate leader checked her 50-game Quick Pick entry at the same store she purchased from, Casino News at 131 George Street. She knew that the ticket contained a winning combination, but wasn’t sure how many numbers were correct or what the payout would be, so she headed to the office to manually check the ticket online.
Surrounded by anxious coworkers with skin in the game, the syndicate leader looked up the results to find that 36, 8, 23, 39, 31, 6 and a Powerball of 15 had been drawn. Scanning through the 50-game ticket, the woman suddenly discovered that all six main numbers, along with the Powerball number, were aligned perfectly on the group’s ticket.
Speaking with TheLott, the syndicate leader described a scene of jubilation as the 21 employees learned as one that their lives would be changed forever:
“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. Yesterday … one of the syndicate members very boldly said that we were going to win and now we have!
I don’t know what to say! I’m so shocked – it all seems so unreal! Wow – now I’ll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed – I’ll be able to afford braces!”
The woman then described her glee when informing friends that their dreams had collectively come true:
“I’m not kidding you! I sitting here looking at the ticket – we’ve each won $2.6 million!
Oh you can’t believe what this will mean to everyone! People’s ages range from 23 to 60 so it’s going to mean something different to everyone.
For some they may retire, others will clear debts and pay off mortgages and others have told me they will help their family. I’m sure there will be a few holidays as well.”
According to the Tatts Group spokeswoman Elissa Lewis, the group’s $55 million win represented the second-largest Powerball jackpot in Australian history – trailing only the $70 million payout awarded to a Hervey Bay resident in January of 2016.
Each of the 21 winners will take home $2.6 million before taxes.
Cindy Lynch, manager of the newsstand where the winning ticket was purchased, told the Brisbane Times that playing a part in such a special sale gave her “goosebumps,” before mentioning previous lotto wins there:
“I wish it was me but this is still so exciting. This is the third division one entry our store has sold but this is by far the biggest.”
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