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A syndicate of bus drivers who won a huge £20 million EuroMillions jackpot last Friday all clearly had the same idea after most of them failed to turn up for work on Monday.

After winning more than €1 million euros each from the €23.8 million EuroMillions jackpot, most of the 22 person syndicate obviously decided to quit their jobs after the drawing on Friday night, as the Dublin Bus company said that only five of the group turned up for work on Monday. So if you were hoping to catch a bus in the Irish capital yesterday, you might have had a little trouble with them being 17 bus drivers short.

Bus drivers are not rare winners in lottery games, and in fact we recently told you about two winners of top prizes who also drove busses, including Kevin Jones from Crewe who took home £6 million on the UK Lotto, and a Worcester bus driver who won £250,000 on a National Lottery scratch card. The Dublin syndicate’s bosses were obviously pretty understanding, however, as the area manager for Dublin Bus, Gareth Quinn, told the Irish Mirror “None of them were at work this morning and we’ve got no problem with that.” The bus company wished them the best of luck, although another employee said that some of the syndicate group plan to go back to work later in the week, adding, “I certainly wouldn’t be here if I’d won a million quid.”

The five syndicate members who did show up to work were senior employees, according to the chief inspector, Larry O’Brien, who said that he assumed those who held more senior positions probably felt obliged to come into work on Monday, while the rest of the group had been granted an extra day of leave in order to continue celebrating their multi-million euro EuroMillions win. “Some of them have 40 years’ service with us. They wouldn’t have made it as far as they did in Dublin Bus if they weren’t decent blokes,” he said, wishing them all well with their new millionaire status.

Ronan Leech, speaking for the National Lottery in Ireland, said that Dubliners have the “luck of the Irish” when it comes to playing the lottery, just like a Northern Irish lottery player who was dubbed her family’s good luck charm after she won £250,000 on an Irish Lotto Plus 1 ticket, and there have been nine EuroMillions jackpot winners in the city since the same launched.

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