If you're looking to up your chances of winning the lottery (and who wouldn't be with odds of 1:750,000,000), why not rope your friends, family or colleagues in to help? Lottery syndicates are a tried and tested way of winning - because the more of you who play, the more tickets you can afford, and the more chance you'll have of claiming the jackpot.
In fact, lottery syndicates have become so successful that today one in every four lottery jackpots is won by a syndicate - proving that there is most definitely strength in numbers. Yes you'll have to split the pot between all your members, but when you're raking in the millions, you'll find that there's more than enough lottery joy to go around.
Just look at one of the latest winning syndicates from Connecticut, USA. This "Baker's Dozen + 3" syndicate of 16 recently drew a $1 million prize-winning ticket in a January 2015 Mega Millions draw.
“It was unbelievable,” says Jacqueline Bolduc, syndicate member and official ticket buyer. “I looked in the newspaper and saw we had four numbers...then I saw the fifth number match. I couldn’t believe it. First, I called Sophie and then Gina. Within hours, the word spread quickly throughout the rest of the group.”
It's been a long time coming for this syndicate from Costco, who have each been putting $4 a week towards the twice-weekly Mega Millions draws. It's been worth it though, because now their lottery loyalty has paid out in the amount of $62,500 each, before taxes.
Even the lottery officials themselves were excited to hand over the cheque to the group, 13 of whom work in Waterbury's Costco Wholesale bakery department, with the remaining 3 working in other departments. “It’s a very exciting and happy occasion,” explains Anne Noble, Connecticut's Lottery President and CEO. “It’s all about the fun—we love it when people play and win together.”
We're sure the "Baker's Dozen + 3" syndicate loves it too, especially after cooking up such a tasty lottery treat!
It's not just American syndicates that clean up in the lottery - there's plenty to go around for Europe and Britain too. At least that's what a mortgage adviser syndicate found out after scooping a cool £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery.
Made up of 17 workers from a Royal Bank of Scotland mortgage office in Greenock, the syndicate made headlines recently with a £1,140,402.60 jackpot win.
Although the group has been playing the lottery together since 2009, their win still came as a surprise, says syndicate leader Margaret Kane. "It’s funny because one of the girls who was going to be off for a few days said to me to call her if we win any millions over the weekend, and we did. She didn't believe me when I called her."
It's taken the group a while to recover from the shock of winning, but now that they have, they're set to each use their share of the cash to change their lives. "A lot of the girls on our team have been saving to buy their first homes, and now they have enough to put down a sizeable lump sum – how ironic when we all work in a mortgage advice centre", says Margaret. "The members of our syndicate range in ages from 29 to 59. This money will literally change the lives of 17 families in Greenock. It really is amazing."
As amazing as it most definitely is, it's not out of the realm of possibility for you - especially when at GiantLottos.com, you can play the Mega Millions, EuroMillions and Powerball lotteries too as part of a syndicate. So why not make that your task for today? Start a syndicate of friends or coworkers in time for this weekend's lottery draws, and see if you too can put on a united winning front!