Winning the lottery seems like a daunting, if not impossible, task. But there are some players out there who seem to have figured it out. So what is their secret? What do these players do to improve their odds of winning?
In 2012, the world’s record lotto jackpot of $656 million was won by a group of friends. Three co-workers from Maryland, calling themselves ‘The ‘Three Amigos’, decided to play Mega Millions together. The friends, who were all employees of Maryland’s education system, each put in $20 and bought a total of 60 Mega Millions tickets together.
The youngest member of the group spread all 60 tickets out on the floor, watched the results and checked all the tickets. And her hard work paid off - they had a jackpot winner! She immediately called up her friends, they signed the tickets, made copies and locked the original away in a safe. The winning numbers were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23.
This record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by three tickets, one of which belonged to these ‘Three Amigos’. The three friends decided to remain anonymous and they split their portion of the prize three ways. Each of them had different plans about what they would do with the winnings. One player wanted to back-pack through Europe, another planned on touring the Italian wine country, and the third player intended on buying a house for his sister and paying off his daughter’s college fees.
At their press conference, the three educators dressed in disguise and hid their faces behind their gigantic cheque of $218.6 million. We may never find out who the ‘Three Amigos’ really are, but we do know that playing the lotto together was their winning formula!
Playing the lottery in this way, as a group, is also known as a ‘lottery syndicate’. Lottery syndicates are played all over the world and are known to be very successful. Actually, 1 in every 3 jackpots are won by syndicates!
The lottery has been won many times by large groups of players. The ‘Ocean’s 16’ syndicate that won the US Powerball $448 million jackpot in 2013 was made up of 16 members! This group of 16 called themselves ‘Ocean’s 16’ after the hit movie ‘Ocean’s 11’ starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and also because they hail from Ocean County, New Jersey.
They were all employees of New Jersey’s Ocean County Department of Vehicle Services and enjoyed buying lottery tickets together. Some of them had suffered the ravage of Superstorm Sandy that hit Ocean County in October 2012, so this jackpot was a big relief for these lotto players.
The $448 million jackpot was won also by two other tickets, so the group’s portion was $149 million. They each took home $3.8 million, becoming instant millionaires. Not bad for a mere $6 investment each!
As these co-workers experienced for themselves, the more members you have in your group, the better your winning odds. This is logical, because more money in the kitty means that you can buy more tickets! There is one drawback, though, to playing with so many people – it is a hassle to set up and manage such a large group.
You need to recruit members, collect money, chase people to pay what they owe, purchase tickets, check results and pick up the winnings. The biggest hassle of all is to make sure that everyone pays on time or even pays as promised, so that you’re not left paying for all the tickets out of your own pocket.
Nowadays, there are lottery syndicates available online that make playing as a group that much easier. theLotter allows you to buy shares in online syndicates for the world’s biggest lotteries with no hassle or work involved on your part. All you need to do is buy shares in the syndicate of your choice, and this online lottery service provider will do the rest for you.
theLotter’s syndicate service sets up syndicates in advance, pre-purchases batches of tickets and notifies players of the results and any wins. You can kick back and relax as your account gets credited by theLotter with your syndicate winnings. Easy and very rewarding.
There are many methods and strategies out there; tried-and-tested, proven ways to win the lottery. The problem with all of them is that they require a fairly large amount of tickets in order to cover all the necessary combinations, for example, if you had to buy multiple lottery tickets to cover all Powerball numbers. That’s where the syndicates come in. Grouping with others allows you to cover enough options to guarantee your syndicate wins a prize, and that’s the only guaranteed way of winning the lottery.
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