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Group of 15 BC nurses who have played the lottery together for years share $256K prize

When Coquitlam resident Adrianna Miklosikova checked the Lotto Max ticket for her group of nursing colleagues, she initially thought they had won $256.

It’s still a nice prize, albeit less so for a group of 15, but it’s nothing compared to what they had actually won.

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“I was at home, preparing my breakfast after finishing my work out,” she reminisced of the moment she checked the winning ticket.

“I scanned the ticket and thought it was $256, but then noticed the comma. I scanned it a few more times on the BCLC Lotto! app and realized it was $256,000.”

That’s a win of $17,000 each.

The 15 nurses have been playing the lottery together for years and plan to initially celebrate with a nice dinner out.

But Miklosikova says there is more in the works and the colleagues will be able to plan “something special” with their winnings.

<who>Photo Credit: BCLC</who>Adrianna Miklosikova

Playing the lottery with a group is a fairly common occurrence, but it can also lead to some unnecessary issues in the event of a major win like these nurses.

“When playing the lottery with family, friends or co-workers, it’s important to take some steps that will help avoid any misunderstandings,” the BCLC noted.

“BCLC recommends that groups appoint someone as a captain to coordinate collecting participants' money, buying the group's ticket(s), tracking group winnings and posting results.”

According to the lottery corporation, when a ticket is purchased in a retail location, the group captain should print their name on the front and back, along with the words “In Trust” to indicate the ticket belongs to a group.

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“Keeping clear records of who is participating in each draw and understanding what happens if a group member does not contribute for a draw helps avoid any confusion if your group wins,” the BCLC added.

“The Group Prize Agreement form is a form that is required when a group lottery ticket wins a prize of $2,000.01 or greater and must be completed by all group members entitled to a share of the prize won.”

For more information and tips about playing the lottery as a group, click this link.

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