A syndicate of six catering staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Wales have already quit their jobs after winning more than £25m in the 3 November EuroMillions draw. It’s a win that could so easily never have happened.
The syndicate was formed six years ago and used the numbers of their most recent member to win the jackpot. Louise nearly quit the syndicate as she’s saving up for her March 2018 wedding. Imagine if I’d stopped, we’d never have won,” said Ward. Now that wedding will be even larger than she’d planned. Erika Jackson and Anthony Zagarol from Connecticut, USA, are also planning their wedding after winning $50,000 playing Powerball. Also on her shopping list are new mattresses for her children and a new tumble dryer to replace the one that broke three months ago.
The syndicate play the EuroMillions draw every Friday and purchased their winning ticket that matched 05-12-17-33-41 and the two Lucky Stars 04 and 09 from a One Stop store in Port Talbot. They follow in the footsteps of Sonia Davies from Wales who won a £61m EuroMillions jackpot.
Their EuroMillions win was £25,476,778.30 so each of the syndicate members will receive just over £4.2m each. All bar one, who had already retired, handed in their notices on Tuesday. Syndicate leader Julie Saunders, 56, from Port Talbot said she’d miss her work colleagues but the EuroMillions win “is the start of something new for us all.” “Being able to give up work is something we’ve always talked about – this has just made our dreams come true,” added fellow EuroMillions winner Sian Jones. It’s the latest big win for a syndicate, last month 54 rail workers from England won £1m playing the EuroMillions draw.
EuroMillions syndicate member Doreen Thompson has already bought her husband a new pair of jeans but he hasn’t quite got used to being a millionaire. “He picked a pair of jeans up and said, ‘I’m not paying £35 for a pair of jeans’ and he put them back,” she laughed. Jane Lewis from England moaned about the cost of the pair of slippers she bought after her £4.3m UK Lotto win.
Plans for their EuroMillions win include the chance to win more cash on the slot machines in Las Vegas. Perhaps they’ll bump into Richard Heath from New York, USA, who’s heading there after his $1m win on a $1,000 A Week For Life scratch card.
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