A group of six friends from North Carolina have been playing the lottery together for 14 years without any major wins, until this past week's Powerball draw saw them collect a $150,000 jackpot prize.
The group initially started with 25 members, but over the years the numbers dwindled down to 14 players who each chipped in $6 each week to play in local Powerball games.
Joanna Barton, who works at the bar where they would buy their Powerball tickets, is also responsible for collecting the ticket money each week. “We always go Quick Pick," she told local news, "We missed it by one! We could’ve been millionaires!”
And while most jackpot winners stop playing after they hit a windfall, this group don't have plans of stopping anytime soon. “Not til I see that second comma,” said Joanna.
The group decided to split the prize equally among each other, they each took home $17,691 after tax. Each of the members have different plans for their money, from paying off debts to taking a family vacation.
The group's winning ticket matched four white balls and the bonus Powerball number, which won $50,000. Their prize ended up being tripled because they also played a 3X multiplier.
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