What do you usually get up to with your colleagues? Perhaps go for a drink after work, attend each other's birthday parties, club together to buy someone a wedding gift? Well, if you're a worker in facilities department of the Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor, Canada, you play together in a lotto syndicate - and after the 1 April lottery draw, you celebrate a huge jackpot win!
Statistically speaking, lottery syndicates are generally responsible for 1 out of every 4 lotto wins - a fact borne out by the recent win of a ten-person lottery syndicate from a Canadian hospital. After having played the lotto together for years, as long as 25 years in some cases, this group of hopeful colleagues finally struck gold with a $5.8 million lotto win on April Fool's Day this year.
Of course, the timing did seem a little suspect to some of the players. “We found out about our win the day after April Fool’s Day and I thought one of my friends was playing a joke on me,” says member Brandon Marion. But it wasn't a joke - it was the absolute truth, and it's the reason why every one of the syndicate's ten members will be taking home a huge $582,798.41.
The syndicate's week started out like any other - they bought their tickets together, and carried on with life as normal. However group leader Deborah Mailloux changed her routine of only checking their numbers a week after the draw, when she found out that one of the lucky tickets had been bought in Windsor.
“I was told I should check the numbers sooner because the winner was from Windsor,” says Deborah. “When I got home my husband was checking his ticket so I asked him to check our group ticket as well. Suddenly he said, ‘Oh my God, you got all six numbers. You won!’”
An excited Deborah spread the word to her syndicate colleagues, including Sharad Sharma, one of the syndicate's three longest-playing members. Sharma was in India when he learned of the lotto win, but flew back immediately to celebrate with his colleagues.
While each member is still making plans for their $582,798.41 share of the win, the group will be pooling part of their money to build a memorial garden for a deceased co-worker of theirs. "He once said to me, ‘We only have to win once’,” says Sharma. And it seems that one lucky win is all it took to help make this hospital syndicate's dream of jackpot winning come true!
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