The good news is you've won $144,000, the bad news is you have to share it with 43 other people.
But the members of Titahi Bay Bowling Club's betting syndicate are more than happy, after their $8 bet on six horse races at the weekend netted them more than $3300 each.
But no-one is more happy than Allan Dixon who chose the winning horses, with the weekend's win coming after him being made redundant from his job at Placemakers Paraparaumu two weeks ago.
"It will come in very handy," Mr Dixon said.
The 63-year-old had been busy looking for other work since finishing at Placemakers, but luck had not been with him until the win at the racetrack.
"It certainly made for a nice pick-me-up."
His fellow clubmembers "went crazy" when they found out about the win from a TAB bet on six separate horse races, known as a Pick6.
Everyone had been incredibly excited to come away with a solid bit of money, Mr Dixon said.
"I haven't heard of any grand plans for the winnings as yet though."
Mr Dixon has been involved with the bowling club for 25 years, and the syndicate was started five years ago.
Each member of the 43-strong syndicate stumps up $5 a week for the pool, of which $200 is betted at the track.
"It's just a good way to get people along to the club on a Saturday morning in the off-season," Mr Dixon said.
TAB spokesman John Mitchell said big wins from Pick6 bets were not a rarity, but he had never heard of a 43-person split before.
"Pick6 wins aren't too rare. We had one back in September 2010, where an $8 ticket scooped $1.1 million.
"They happen quite often, but it depends on the combination of odds to how much you'll come away with."
Mr Dixon had played his odds well, picking four safe favourites and two outside chances, Mr Mitchell said.
"You always have to throw in a couple of 'roughies' to massively increase your prize pool. If those roughies come through for you then there can be a big pay off."
With three more weeks left in the syndicate's betting season, there were still a couple more chances left for another win.
However, Mr Dixon was not planning to do anything silly with his winnings.
"The first thing to do will be paying my bowling subs."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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