10 January 2017, By Lauren Duffy

Queensland Syndicate Wins $55 Million Powerball

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Can you imagine arriving at work one morning to discover you had won the lottery? That’s exactly what happened to some of the 21 members of the syndicate that won the $55 million Powerball jackpot last Thursday!

Incredibly, all 21 Powerball winners are part of a 35-member team at the Queensland Department of Education. Ranging in age from 23 – 60 years old, Queensland’s newest multi-millionaires won $2.6 million each with their 50-game Quickpick ticket.

Prompted to set up the workplace syndicate after seeing the large prize on offer, the young female syndicate leader said she was in disbelief.

Initially not certain how much they had won, she headed back to the office to check the numbers online. Surrounded by some of the other syndicate members, upon seeing they did indeed have the winning numbers, the office erupted! Some people were laughing, some crying, and others left speechless.

The syndicate leader spoke to a colleague on the phone and tried to convince them it wasn’t a joke. “I’m not kidding you!” she exclaimed. “I’m sitting here looking at the ticket – we’ve each won $2.6 million!” She indicated she had never expected anything like this to happen when she woke up that morning. “I just went to work this morning like normal and now this has happened,” she said, shedding tears of joy. “It’s just incredible – we’re multi-millionaires!”

She said the windfall would mean something different to each person but that it would essentially change their lives. “For some they may retire, others will clear debts and pay off mortgages and others have told me they will help their family. I’m sure there will be a few holidays as well.”

Regardless, the syndicate leader said that the group would be celebrating the win together.

With all the Powerball winners choosing to remain anonymous, they are described as a practical bunch. Some are expected to retire, others will pay off mortgages and debts, some will help their families, and of course, there will be a few holidays as well.

One of the Powerball winners was quoted as saying: “Now I’ll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed. I’ll be able to afford braces.”

Purchased at a local newsagency in Brisbane CBD, the $55 million jackpot is the second-largest single ticket win in Powerball history, and the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in Australia’s history, with the current record standing at $80 million which was set in July 2009.

The winning numbers drawn on Thursday 5th January 2017 were 36, 8, 23, 39, 31 and 6 and the Powerball was number 15.

The Powerball jackpot is $3 million this week – buy your tickets online now.

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