We often tell you about players who take a fair while to claim their big lottery wins. Well, that’s definitely the case with a group of city workers from New York. They matched the five main numbers in a Mega Millions draw held in March of this year but only recently discovered their big win.
The 25 Mega Millions winners are all employees at the Human Resources Administration. This fights poverty and helps New Yorkers with food assistance and emergency rental assistance. Each week the syndicate members have been making weekly contributions of $4 each to buy lottery tickets and now it’s paid off.
They aren’t so hot at checking their lottery tickets. It wasn’t until August when they were in a deli that they got round to doing that and made their amazing discovery. The Mega Millions winners certainly aren’t the first to take months to find out about a big lottery win. A player from South Carolina found a $1m winning Powerball ticket among a pile of unchecked purchases.
In Ireland a woman put a €500,000 winning EuroMillions Plus ticket in her pantry and didn’t find out it had won for a month. While another player discovered that he had won a €250,000 Irish Lotto prize after leaving his ticket unchecked for weeks. Also taking a while to find out about their big win was a Welshman who won a £1.8m UK Lotto prize.
The group formed a limited liability company to deal with their huge Mega Millions win. Their lawyer, Andrew Grossman commented, “These are good folks, they deserve it.” After paying the tax due on the winnings each member of the syndicate will receive around $30,000.
They are the latest work syndicate to have a massive win. A group of co-workers in Canada won a $55m Lotto Max jackpot. Another group of workers from New York also shared a $58m Mega Millions win in March.
“They said they would use the extra money for Christmas presents,” Grossman said. It’s the latest big win in New York after Carmelo Mercado won $5m on a Cash x 100 scratchcard.
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