Friday, 17 August, 2018

Spontaneous office pool wins $543 million lottery jackpot

Spontaneous California office lottery pool wins $543 million jackpot Office workers claim $522M Mega Millions jackpot
Ginger Lawrence | 06 August, 2018, 20:37

A group of 11 colleagues hit the jackpot when their office lottery pool had the winning numbers for the $543 million prize in a recent Mega Millions drawing. Group members range in age from 21 to 60, and include a supervisor.

California Lottery official Mike Neis, right, watches as Amol Sachdev hangs a sign over his family's store Ernie's Liquors where a Mega Millions lottery ticket worth more than $500 million was sold in San Jose, Calif., July 28, 2018.We love that company.

The group from an office in Santa Clara County has claimed the big $543 million jackpot.

Reyes said the group, whose members range in age from 21 to 60, doesn't normally do an office pool but made a decision to for the July 24 draw after hearing about the record jackpot.

Reyes was the lone member of the group the lottery identified.

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'It was spur of the moment. We love what we've built there.

Reyes said the group hadn't played any tickets in the previous 22 drawings as the potential prize climbed from $40 million. 'Hey, did you hear about the jackpot?

Roland Reyes was one of the 11 pool members who showed up to the California Lottery's East Bay District Office in Hayward on July 25 to collect the largest jackpot in the lottery's history. "We should play, '" Reyes said. "We have a good time and want to stay together".

Kewal Sachdev, the owner of Ernie's Liquor, where the winning ticket was sold, will also receive $1 million as a "retailer bonus", the California Lottery said.

"The winners decline to speak with the media or to include a photo with this release".