Spontaneous California office lottery pool wins $543 million jackpot

Marco Green
August 4, 2018

The California Lottery says last month's $543 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by 11 members of an office pool that played on a whim.

Roland Reyes was one of the 11 pool members who showed up to the California Lottery's East Bay District Office in Hayward on July 25 to collect the largest jackpot in the lottery's history.

The one identified member of the group, Ronald Reyes, said that the lucky 11 work in the financial industry, but declined to release the name of the company. "If I could win, anybody could win. We should play, '" Reyes said of the group's decision to buy tickets together. Everyone, including the group's supervisor, pitched in $2 each, according to the statement. Reyes said they deliberately sought out "a mom & pop shop" to buy the ticket, thinking it might give them better chance. The winning ticket was purchased at Ernie's Liquors in San Jose.

At this point, the group claims they want to continue working.

The rest of the winners declined to be named and would not say the name of their company. We love what we've built there. "We have a good time and want to stay together".

In addition to the 11 colleagues, the other victor in the deal was Kewal Sachdev, the co-owner of the store that sold the winning ticket, Ernie's Liquor in San Jose.

One group of co-workers from Santa Clara County have become instant millionaires after claiming the Mega Millions winning prize worth $543 million. That's before federal taxes.

The lottery said the other, unidentified winners mentioned "paying off mortgages, kids' college tuition, helping family members, going back to school and, of course, travel".

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