CA Lottery winners demonstrate the best strategy for winning big money
What’s the best way to increase your odds of winning the California lottery, or any lottery for that matter? Join an office pool.
This strategy sure paid off for the 51 employees and 1 owner at John Martin & Associates who pooled their money to buy CA Lottery Powerball tickets for the February 7 draw.
One of the tickets ended up matching five of six numbers (5-10-21-34 and 58) that night for a whopping $1,388,464 payout! Had they matched the Powerball number of 33, they would have hit the $380 million jackpot. (This was part of the series of draws that ended with the monster $564.1 million jackpot on February 11. It was the 5th largest jackpot in U.S. history.)
Each participant of the California-based Structural Engineer firm will receive just under $27,000 apiece before federal taxes – a modest amount all things considered. But no one is complaining.
Los Angeles resident and owner John Martin says he didn’t hear a single person moaning about not having won more. “$20,000 is a fair amount of money and I think there are going to be a few new cars (in the parking lot). In fact, I’ve heard a lot about new cars. It’s great!”
Actually, the boss is almost relieved everyone isn’t getting a huge check because he realizes that could have meant mass notices of people quitting! With a big laugh, Martin joked, “You know the way I see it, we’re really only breaking even anyway. We’ve probably lost $1.388 million in production (due to all of the excitement inside the office)!”
Martin said the group has won small amounts in the past, but they usually put it right back into the pool. Now the goal is to hit a big jackpot! “The last time the office has been this happy, a beer truck overturned near our building. Everyone ran outside and the beer truck driver said, ‘Help me clean this up!’ The office was almost as happy then as it is now!”
Powerball is a multistate game played in California (and 43 other states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.
If you enjoy playing the lottery and don’t want to join an office pool, play FreeLotto for free. The odds are similar, and you can become a millionaire.