Forget bridge club, lottery syndicates are the social clubs!
Playing the lottery needn’t be a solitary affair. Many groups of friends and work colleagues prefer instead to group together as a syndicate to increase their chances of winning. While the prize money awarded is divided up amongst the syndicate, a big win can still be life-changing for each and every player. But playing in a syndicate is not just a great way to increase your chances of an award it can be a fun way to bond, too. You may also find yourself with one or two funny stories to tell as a result. Yet, possibly not quite as hilarious as these! Here are the funniest lottery syndicate stories ever from all around the world…
The sandwich bag ticket
When you play the lottery, it’s always a good idea to keep track of the whereabouts of your ticket. When playing in a syndicate it’s a good idea to appoint someone to keep tabs on the tickets. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up like the 2 person syndicate in Limerick who left a winning ticket in a sandwich bag for 5 whole days.
The day nobody turned up for work
Half a score of workers at the A4e employment advisory service sent operations grinding to a halt one day in July 2013. It wasn’t because the workforce had been struck with illness or misfortune. Quite the opposite in fact, they had all won the lottery. The group of 10 employees were all part of a syndicate which won an incredible £28 million jackpot on the EuroMillions draw. The following Monday the 10 were notable by their absence. Actually, this is more of a tragicomic story because there was one forlorn employee who missed out on the action; a 31-year-old mother-to-be who missed out on the draw because she was off work with morning sickness.
The absent winner
When a colleague is absent from work for long periods without notice or explanation, it’s always a cause for concern. When they start to receive congratulatory bottles of champagne from Lottery boards in their absence that’s when you really know something’s awry. That’s exactly what happened to the colleagues of Australian syndicate player Gary Baron who thought that he could keep the 16 million dollars in syndicate winnings for himself and not tell anybody. Furious colleagues went to Baron’s house to confront him only to find a brand new BMW parked in his driveway. Very discreet Gary!
There’s a silver lining folks. After being so spectacularly caught out by his peers, Gary duly paid the rest of the syndicate their due… Which is why forming a syndicate with trusted friends is a great way to go.
The syndicate that played the bought 5 million tickets
Have you ever wondered just how many tickets you’d have to buy to hedge your bets for a guaranteed jackpot win? That’s what an Australian company did in 1992 while playing the 6/44 lottery in Virginia. The group calculated that they would need to buy 5 million tickets at $1 each to secure a win. A hefty investment to be sure, but one that paid off spectacularly. The syndicate won the $27 million jackpot giving them a $22 million profit.
Who knows what weird and wonderful stories you’ll have to tell when you start playing in a syndicate? While you put together the perfect syndicate, play the lottery online and you could become a millionaire sooner than you think.