Sunday, October 12, 2014

Call Center Syndicate Picks Up a Big Win

A lottery syndicate form APAC Customer Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin, claimed a $1 million US Powerball prize last week, but with nine players each taking an equal share of the lottery payout none or the winners is planning an early retirement.

"It's not like crazy, leave-town money," syndicate member Eric Raabe said on Tuesday as he picked up his $111,000 check.

Raabe is one of only two men in the syndicate. The other seven members are women.

The syndicate successfully matched all five of the numbers drawn in the US Powerball drawing held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. If they'd matched the Powerball as well they would have bagged the $80 million jackpot.

Call center worker Beth Layman is happy with her share of prize though, and it couldn't have come at a better time. She got married on Saturday, and said the money will help give her and her new husband a head start.

"We already had purchased the house, everything was paid for prior to winning," Layman said. "The wedding was budgeted and paid for prior to the ticket, I operate on a pretty lean margin, so I wasn't planning on going into much debt for that."

Layman plans to use the money to pay off her student loan and set up retirement funds.

Syndicate organizer Jennifer Lange also intends to pay off her student loan and, lacking the "crazy, leave-town" money he would need to move on,  Raabe intends to stick around and buy a house.

The US Powerball is a multi-state draw that offers a minimum jackpot of $40 million. Numbers are drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:59 (EST). The next drawing is one Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The estimated jackpot is $90 million.