Syndicates are a very popular option when it comes to the Mega Millions lottery. But, for some players who decided to put in their tickets together, this play strategy has really paid off. Just to visualize how big syndicate wins can get in a lottery the size of the Mega Millions, let us tell you about the top five biggest Mega Millions syndicate winners:
1. Unnamed California Syndicate – $543 million – 2018
This is the latest and most notable syndicate win in the history of the Mega Millions lottery. 11 co-workers from California scooped a huge jackpot of $543 million. They were lucky enough to have the only jackpot-winning ticket, which means that they won the entire amount. If you’re wondering what their reaction to being new millionaires was, they all said that they intend to keep their jobs. Would you do the same if you won the Mega Millions?
2. The Albany Seven – $319 million – 2011
Seven co-workers from Albany won an unbelievable $319 million after playing the Mega Millions together. They had a long-standing tradition of playing the lottery as a syndicate. In fact, their usual lottery group included five other colleagues, who made the uninspired choice of opting out of the March 25th Mega Millions purchase. They played for four years before hitting the jackpot, but when they finally got a prize, they got the big one!
3. The Three Amigos – $218 million – 2012
The Three Amigos is one of the best-known lottery syndicates of all time. Back in 2012, the Mega Millions jackpot got to an unprecedented $656 million, which became the world record for the biggest lottery jackpot (now dethroned by the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot of 2016). There were three winning tickets in the draw of March 30th, 2012. As such, the Three Amigos received one-third of the legendary pot.
4. Manhattan Syndicate – $58 million – 2015
16 co-workers from the Ophthotech Corporation, a biotech company in New York played Mega Millions together on March 24th, 2015 and it brought them a huge jackpot worth $58 million. They had been playing as a syndicate since 2010 and they bought their tickets from a store located in the very building where they worked.
“There was a lot of buzz around the office following the drawing as everyone learned the jackpot winner was sold in our building,” said Ophthotech COO, Evelyn Harrison. She was actually one of the lucky 16 syndicate members.
When they found out about the win, they kept going “from one person’s computer to another’s checking each person’s scan of the ticket” to make sure this is actually happening. Eventually, they cashed in the lump sum payout for their jackpot, which left each of them with a share of $1.65 million, after taxes.
5. Railroad Workers Syndicate – $900,790 – 2016
18 workers from Union Pacific Railroad, Los Angeles, put in their tickets together for the big $251 million jackpot in the Mega Millions. As it turned out, they did not match all the numbers for the big pot, but they did win an impressive $900,790.
Their lottery syndicate tradition was not something new. The 18 colleagues had been playing together for the past 20 years and they had been friends for more than 35. After paying their taxes, each of them scooped a share of $50,043 of the prize.