The Ross school teachers had used two proven strategies in playing the lottery: they organized themselves into a lottery playing syndicate to increase their chances, and they played regularly. By the time their patience paid off, they had been playing together for ten years and the group had grown to be 38 strong, including other staff of the same school.
Their win came courtesy of a Powerball ticket which won a $1 million prize. Each member stand to receive $18,000 after taxes; hardly a life-changing amount but still a hefty payout especially near the holiday season. Some have began looking at new cars, paying off bills and starting a college fund.