Syndicates are a great way to play the lottery with friends and boost your winning odds. With more tickets in the game, you get better chances of scooping the pot, and it really does pay off, as the biggest Powerball syndicate winners can attest. These 3 syndicates won hundreds of millions of dollars and made lottery history! Read their amazing stories and then, try a Powerball syndicate of your own!
Ocean’s 16 – $448 million
The $448 million US Powerball jackpot won on August 7th, 2013 ranks as the one of the top 10 biggest Powerball jackpot ever. Among the 3 jackpot-winning tickets from that day was the one held by the Ocean’s 16 Syndicate, a group of 16 employees of the Ocean County New Jersey Department of Vehicle Services.
The 16 co-workers were all good friends who had been playing the lottery together for years. When the time came for them to collect their prize, they arrived together to the New Jersey Lottery on a bus that they barely managed to rent out. Talk about solidarity! Many of the 16 members were victims of Superstorm Sandy. Winning the Powerball turned things around for them and gave them the chance to rebuild their lives.
The Ocean’s 16 Syndicate decided to take their 1/3 of the jackpot as a lump sum payment of $62 million. Each member of the syndicate took home $3.87 million! For some of the syndicate members, the win was an extraordinary reversal of fortune as they had been affected by Hurricane Sandy the year before.
The Tennessee Twenty – $420 million
Just after Black Friday and the beginning of the US holiday shopping season, the Tennessee 20 syndicate got a boost in their shopping budgets! On November 29th, 2016, the syndicate was the sole winner of the giant US Powerball $420 million jackpot!
The Tennessee 20 syndicate was a group of 20 co-workers and friends at the North American Stamping Group, an auto parts plant. They had been playing US Powerball together for 8 years, buying $120 worth of Powerball tickets for the twice-weekly draws on Wednesday and Saturday.
The group elected to take the cash option and brought home $254 million. Each member of the Tennessee 20 received $12.7 million. While some intended to retire straight away, others planned to continue working at the plant.
The Shipping 20 – $241 million
The Shipping 20 syndicate won a $241 million US Powerball jackpot on June 13th, 2012. At the time, it was the largest lottery win in Iowa. The syndicate was comprised of 20 employees of the shipping department of the Quaker Oats cereal plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ranging in age from 35 to 64, the 18 men and 2 women had combined seniority of 686 years with Quaker Oats!
The syndicate had their own rules for how to play Powerball. When the jackpot would rise above $100 million, each member of the syndicate would chip in $2 and they’d buy tickets.
After winning the jackpot, the group formed a trust, also called the Shipping 20, to receive the prize and keep the identities of the members anonymous. The Shipping 20 chose to receive the lump-sum payout of $160.3 million. Each member of the group received $8 million. 11 members of the group said they’d retire immediately, while others wanted to continue working at the plant, at least until the plant could hire new workers!
Odds-Boosting Lottery Fun
These Powerball syndicate winners won millions in prizes and the financial freedom to retire early, or not – it’s their choice! If you want to try out this amazing play option for yourself, you don’t need to round up 20 of your friends and co-workers to form a Powerball syndicate. You can play Powerball syndicates online in just a few easy steps! Good luck!