The twenty winners only started their lottery club under a month before their massive win. Their decision to start a club was spurred on when the Powerball lottery jackpot stood at $144 million. It was decided that they would put in $5 each and any winnings would be put back into the pot. The winners’ ages range from 24 to 73 and six of them are from Nassau and 14 from Suffolk County. Another famous Powerball winning syndicate were ConAgra Food Workers who won $365 million in 2006.
The eldest member of the club, Anthony Manzolillo is a long term lottery player and he was nominated as the group’s Powerball lottery ticket buyer. On 31st May 2011, Manzolillo went to buy his usual lottery tickets from Maulik & Chandni Stationery on West Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, when he realised he had left the group’s money at home. “I forgot the group’s money,” he laughed, “I went all the way home and back to the store, so I could buy our numbers, so I could get in on a special deal they had on Powerball tickets.” It was a good deal, two free Powerball lottery tickets for every $10 purchase. Manzolillo sent all the group members photocopies of all the tickets and then left the originals on the kitchen table until after the Powerball lotto draw.
It was one of the free Quick Picks which won the money for the 1937 Flatbush Avenue Dodgers LLC. Maulik & Chandni Stationery will receive $10,000 for selling the ticket with the winning Powerball numbers.The Costco group decided to take the lump sum cash payout which amounts to $106.2 million before taxes and $70.2 million after taxes. That means each of the twenty entrants will go home with around $3.5 million from their Powerball lottery jackpot.