Powerball Syndicate Strike Secret Deal With Man Who Hid Money
Members of the Victorian Powerball syndicate who claimed they were robbed of their share of $16.7 million have reportedly struck a "secret deal" with the man who allegedly ran off with their winnings.
Gary Baron, 49, was part of a lottery syndicate with workmates at Toll in Geelong.
He shared in a $50 million jackpot, but claimed the ticket wasn't bought with the syndicate, but that it was his own ticket.
Although we can't get specific details, due to a confidentiality agreement they all signed, A Current Affair reported that the syndicate members have a secret deal with Gary Baron and his lawyers.
ACA reporter Tenika Everaardt said: "I did speak to two of the men today, and they told me that they are very happy and life is good."
At the time of the story going public, Mr Baron released this statement:
On 12 October 2014, I purchased a Powerball ‘favourites’ game for the Powerball $50m draw which was held on 16 October 2014. The cost of this game was $46.45. I purchased the ticket through my Tatts account and used my smart phone to facilitate the purchase. This favourite game is actually named “My PowerballBall” in the Lottery system and has not changed since 11 September 2013.
MyPowerballball contained numbers which I had saved to my Tatts online account so that I could repeatedly play the same numbers, which I did on 23 occasions since 3 April 2014 always using my own personal funds.
It was from this game that the winning first division numbers were drawn on 16 October 2014.
For several years prior to 16 October 2014, I was tasked with purchasing Powerball tickets for a syndicate at my workplace.
Whenever there was a jackpot, including the week of 16 October 2014, 20 of my colleagues gave me $20 each to put toward Powerball and/or lotto tickets.
Often, I would buy multiple quick picks and multiple games for the syndicate as I understood that these increased our chances of winning. I always reported back and distributed any winnings.
I was well trusted by my colleagues and I am pleased that not all the syndicate have decided to be involved in the unwarranted and unnecessary court action against Tatts.
When I was purchasing tickets for the syndicate, it was agreed between the syndicate, that if any tickets I purchased won small amounts of money, these funds would be added to the following weeks play.
We wonder if we'll ever find out what got his angry colleagues off his back??