Colchester Nurses Share Lotto Prize
Updated: Wednesday 16th September 2015
A syndicate of 24 nurses who all work at Colchester Hospital is celebrating after winning £79,964 in the Lotto draw on Saturday 30 October. The lottery syndicate, which is organised by Anna Reynolds, plays one line of numbers every Saturday, and they have won several smaller prizes in the past including a win of £2,000. The latest five figure win that the syndicate has landed (by matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball) makes each member around £3,300 richer, which is fantastic timing with Christmas on the horizon. The win itself was discovered very early in the morning thanks to Anna’s puppy, Duchess, deciding to wake her owner up at 4am.
“I thought I’d check the lottery numbers while I was out of bed,” Anna explained. “I don’t normally do it in the middle of the night, and I thought I might still be dreaming when I saw we had got five numbers and the bonus ball!”
Because it was 4am, Anna was reluctant to call her fellow syndicate members to tell them the good news, but she was able to call her husband who was working throughout the night at Stansted Airport. Sharing her news with someone made it a bit easier for Anna to refrain from calling her colleagues at such an unsociable hour.
“I waited until I arrived at work to start breaking the news,” Anna said. “Although it took a while to make sure I’d let all 23 members know, especially as one was on holiday at the time.”
Anna continued: “The reactions from everyone have been lovely and although most people haven’t yet decided how they will be spending the money, most have said that it’s come at a perfect time, just before Christmas.”
Anna herself has at least an inkling of what she might spend some of her windfall on. “It was Duchess who helped me to discover the win so quickly,” she said, “so I think that definitely deserves an extra big bone and bag of doggie treats this Christmas.”
The syndicate of nurses will continue playing the Lotto each week and so we wish them the best of luck in winning an even bigger prize in the future. Readers who want to try and win their own National Lottery prize can buy lottery tickets online for the £2.4 million Lotto game this Wednesday and also for the £38 million EuroMillions double rollover jackpot game this Friday. Good luck to you too!Published: Tuesday 23rd November 2010
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