Lottery syndicates have been around for quite a while. People who work together, friends or families create their own US Powerball syndicate. Thus entering the game with a greater number of tickets and therefore increasing their odds of winning a prize (or more!).
Even though most players do this just for fun, this strategy has proven its effectiveness over and over again, and has created quite a few millionaires over the years. Meet the luckiest US Powerball syndicate winners right below:
1. Power Pack – USD 731.1 Million January 20, 2021
On January 20, 2021 a jackpot worth USD 731.1 Million was scooped by a Powerball syndicate.
We don’t know much about these Powerball syndicate winners as they chose to remain anonymous.
The player who bought the US Powerball winning ticket did not believe it at first. When he saw they had won he told his colleagues: “It’s impossible! I’m going to work!”. Perhaps this is the reason why it took them 4 months before collecting their winnings.
They chose the Cash option and thus took home USD 546.8 Million. They claimed that they didn’t want to change their habits and that they wanted to continue to live just the same as before.
They wanted to take care of their families and hoped to have a positive impact on their community!
2. Anonymous Syndicate – USD 487 Million – July 15, 2016
The US Powerball syndicate winners that rank second happen to have created an anonymous family syndicate. This family scooped USD 487 Million, in New Hampshire, on July 15, 2016.
New Hampshire state laws allow players to remain anonymous if they ticked a box on the back of their Powerball ticket during the purchase. This is what the members of this syndicate did. This is how they could choose to remain anonymous.
Their lawyer, William Shaheen, came to claim the Powerball prize on their behalf. He said, “There couldn’t be better people or a better family to get this money. They will do great things with it.”
It is true that right after their victory, these lucky winners directly made a donation of USD 100,000 to the End of 68 Hours of Hunger association.
3. Tennessee 20 – USD 420 Million – November 26, 2016
The Tennessee 20 is a syndicate created by 20 colleagues from the sales and quality control department of “North American Stamping” (an auto parts manufacturing plant in Portland, Tennessee).
These US Powerball syndicate winners played together, but they were originally from 13 different cities. It is amazing how syndicates bring people together!
They shared a jackpot worth USD 420,000,000 on November 2016, but they had been trying their luck together for several years.
The Tennessee 20 members opted for the lump sum option, thus getting USD 254 Million, after tax. This means that each member walked away with USD 12.7 Million!
The ticket is the 200th ticket sold by the Tennessee Lottery worth USD 1 Million or more. The win also marked the second-largest prize for the Tennessee Lottery.
4. The Shipping 20 – USD 241 Million – June 13, 2012
In 2012, a group of 20 colleagues from the delivery department at the Quaker Oats Co. grain mill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shared the USD 241 Million jackpot in the June 13 draw. These made them enter into our Hall of Fame of the biggest US Powerball syndicate winners.
These lucky Powerball winners who called themselves “The Shipping 20” had been playing together for years. Each of them contributed with USD 5 and they were playing US Powerball only when the jackpot was exceeding USD 100 Million. They chose the lump-sum payment of USD 160.3 Million and each received USD 5.6 Million, after tax.
What were the plans of these US Powerball syndicate winners after their victory? The majority of these players said it was an opportunity for early retirement. Others spoke of helping their families and children. Some of them were reluctant to quit their jobs. Al, the 61-year-old player who purchased the tickets felt slightly guilty for the company and decided to stay a while, even stating it was a busy time at that time of the year. Mike, 55, was planning to keep working and not rush into big decisions.
Mulford and his wife Anne donated USD 75,000 to the United Way of East Central Iowa Endowment Fund (Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation). These players seemed to have everything figured out!
5. Ocean’s 16 – USD 149.3 Million – August 7, 2013
The 16 employees of the New Jersey State Ocean County Department of Vehicle Services have made their dreams come true! One of their tickets was one of three winning Powerball tickets on August 7, 2013.
This brought them a third of the USD 448 Million jackpot with a cash value of USD 258 Million. This meant slightly over USD 86 Million, after tax. With federal taxes at 25% and New Jersey state taxes at 3%*, each member of the Powerball winning group received a check for USD 3,872,445.94.
That might not seem like a lot to a winner, but it was an amount that changed the lives of these “hard working people – those reliable employees” especially since some of them were victims of Tornado Sandy.
These tax values may have changed since, you can read more on our page on US Powerball taxes.
6. SEPTA 48 – USD 107.5 Million – April 25, 2012
Bryant Vaders was in shock when he called his colleague and group member, Pamela Schurgot, to tell her that the jackpot had been scooped by a US Powerball ticket purchased at the same location he had purchased their 120 tickets for the office pool.
He had chosen the Flash option, an automatic and random selection of the numbers, for the April 25, 2012 draw.
The shock was even greater when Pamela checked the US Powerball results and found that they had actually won!
Pennsylvania Lottery officials have confirmed that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Powerball syndicate winners scooped USD 107,500,000!
7. FlaMass Family Syndicate – USD 148.8 Million – April 23, 2014
While most US Powerball syndicate winners are often creating office pools, this story is different. These syndicate winners were all family members: Louis, 72, from Daytona Beach (Florida), Suzanne, 54, and Christopher, 39, from Naples (Italy).
They chose the lump sum payment of USD 148.8 Million (net amount of approximately USD 87 Million).
Mr. Centrella stated that he wanted to use his money for himself, but also for many others who could benefit from it. He also added that he did not want to make the headlines and wanted to go back into the shadows. He wanted to go on living as before, and was convinced that “nothing has changed. We remain the same people”.
US Powerball Syndicate Winners FAQ
The luckiest US Powerball syndicate winners scooped USD 731.1 Million on January 20, 2021. The members of this Powerball syndicate from Maryland chose to remain anonymous and claimed their prize as The Power Pack.
Yes! The US Powerball lottery often sees syndicate winners! The biggest US Powerball syndicate winners scooped no less than USD 731.1 Million on January 20, 2021!
In our top US Powerball syndicate winners, you can see that the syndicate that includes the most members is SEPTA 48: these 48 work colleagues, from Pennsylvania,scooped USD 173 million in April 2012.
Can you become a US Powerball syndicate winner online?
Yes of course! The advantage of playing US Powerball syndicates online on theLotter is that you can join an already existing syndicate and don’t have to handle the hassle of creating your own.
2 US Powerball syndicate winners on theLotter
USD 106.300 USD – 2017
theLotter counts many US Powerball syndicate winners and every year brings even more. However, this story is beautiful: 2 US Powerball syndicates scooped a USD 106,300 jackpot in 2017. The winning syndicates trusted theLotter’s lottery messaging services and it paid off.
These syndicate members participated with 65 lines overall. Two of which matched the winning numbers of the third prize (USD 50,000) and the other 63 tickets all scooped the 5th prize (USD 100). Overall, there were 55 US Powerball syndicate winners from theLotter, on that draw in 2017!