Spontaneous California office lottery pool wins $543 million jackpot

Spontaneous California office lottery pool wins $543 million jackpot

The 11 workers at a San Jose Wells Fargo split the largest single jackpot in California lottery history when they recently claimed the incredible $543 million prize.

Members paid $2 to join the winning pool.

California Lottery official Mike Neis, right, watches as Amol Sachdev hangs a sign over his family's store Ernie's Liquors where a Mega Millions lottery ticket worth more than $500 million was sold in San Jose, Calif., July 28, 2018.We love that company.

The winners of a $522 million Mega Millions jackpot have stepped forward. "We're just normal people", said Reyes.

The lottery also did not say if the winners had chose to take a lump-sum payment of $320.5 million, or to accept annual payments spread out over 30 years.

A group of bank employees in California became instant millionaires thanks to lottery tickets they purchased on a whim.

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"It was spur of the moment". 'Hey, did you hear about the jackpot? We love what we've built there. This country has given us the opportunity to do that, ' owner Kewal Sachdev said. "We have a good time and want to stay together".

Reyes said the group hadn't played any tickets in the previous 22 drawings as the potential prize climbed from $40 million.

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.

The group showed up at a lottery office in Hayward, California, the day after the July 24 drawing.

They have declined to speak to reporters or be photographed.

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