CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) – Thirteen members of the Chester Area Professional Club and a waitress won $1 million playing the Powerball, state lottery officials announced.
Mitchell Ross of Chester, NJ, a member of the Chester Area Professional Club–a business networking group—said for more than twenty years, a handful of the members have been participating in a weekly Lottery pool.
Practicing smart group play, they wrote up rules for collecting money each week; determining what would happen if someone missed a drawing; and ensuring that participants had a copy of the group ticket.
Every Wednesday the group meets at a diner for breakfast while they talk shop. After which, the thirteen-member group, and the diner waitress of twenty years, contribute money to purchase a Powerball ticket for that evening’s draw.
Ross typically manages the pool and holds onto the ticket, but while away on vacation, another group member took on the responsibility. When he returned from vacation he was thrilled to discover that the ticket was a $1,000,000 winner. No one else in the group bothered to check the numbers from the Wednesday, July 12 drawing.
Ross contacted the gentleman who was holding onto the ticket to share the news. Now he was on vacation and the ticket was sitting on his desk at work. Not wanting to leave a million dollar ticket unattended for two weeks, he got permission to swing through his office and pick it up.
The 13 members and one very happy waitress will be sharing the prize equally. The ticket was purchased at Country Farms, 378 Springfield Ave., in Berkeley Heights.
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(Photo Courtesy: NJ State Lottery)