A pub syndicate from Newhaven’s Jolly Boatman pub in England have had a great start to the year after winning £1m in the EuroMillions draw held on January 9.
The group of EuroMillions lottery winners have been dubbed ‘the lucky six’ and will each receive £166,000. The syndicate members are: pub landlady Charlotte Maynard, 33, her mother Mary Maynard, 72, and regulars Michael Read, 49, Michael Fowler, 55, Michael Skinner, 48, and Maureen Daly.
Mary said: “We’ve had The Jolly Boatman for more than 15 years and in that time we have met some genuinely lovely people. Our regulars really are the salt of the earth and their reaction to our good fortune shows what good people they are.” She added that some of the EuroMillions lottery winnings will go towards “sprucing the place up a bit to make it even nicer for our customers.”
The EuroMillions win was a great welcome home present for Maureen, who was on holiday in Mexico when the draw was made. She said: “Knowing there was a lovely EuroMillions nest egg, not to mention a knees-up with my fellow syndicate members waiting for me back at home, it made leaving Mexico a little easier.” Now she’s already planning another holiday saying: “If I fancied it, I could hop straight back on a plane and head off somewhere else. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Their winning ticket was purchased by Michael Read, also known as ‘Fudge’, from The Co-op in Newhaven Square, Newhaven. He watched the EuroMillions draw at home and was immediately on the phone to Charlotte when he realised they had won £1m. She couldn’t stop screaming with joy when told the great news.
Mary thought “something awful had happened” but when Charlotte told her what had happened “my panic quickly turned to joy. I turned to my husband of 37 years, Francis, and said ‘come on, we’d better get glammed up, there’s Champagne to be drunk!’ and headed down to the bar.”
It’s not the first time that the pub has enjoyed some luck in the lotteries. Recently a twenty-strong syndicate won £2,500.
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