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Essex Syndicate Wins EuroMillions

Essex Syndicate Wins EuroMillions
Updated: Monday 21st September 2015

An all-female syndicate of lottery players from Essex won a £7,055,142 share of the £102 million EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot on Friday 26 September, 2008. The nine members of the syndicate all work as carers at an Upminster residential care home, and each one is now £778,000 richer.

Regular readers will recall that nobody won the superdraw jackpot outright, so the jackpot fund was rolled down to players who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star. The Essex syndicate did just that, but none of the members have any intention of quitting their day jobs.

“All the girls have continued to do their shifts since we won,” said syndicate leader Barbara Fogg, who lives in Purfleet. “We can’t let our residents down, it’s not something you can do in this trade and we have reassured them all that despite the win we are here to stay.”

It was Barbara’s son who encouraged the lottery syndicate to try their hand at playing EuroMillions. “My son kept on at me about the £100 million jackpot, telling me it had to be won that night, until I thought I would call round the girls and see if they fancied having a go,” Barbara explained. “They all agreed so I got the tickets on Friday morning.”

The draw took place on Friday night, but the syndicate members didn’t find out about their win until the next day. “I was a blubbering mess after checking the tickets and could barely call the National Lottery Line and Pat, the manager at the care home,” Barbara said. “She decided to call all of the girls into work and revealed the amazing news to them one by one. I then made an announcement to the residents and reassured them we wouldn’t be all leaving. They were overjoyed for us.”

The owner of the care home decided to help the syndicate celebrate by organising a surprise party at the premises. “It was fantastic,” Barbara said. “Everybody from the residents to strangers we met at the service station on the way back from getting the cheque, have been so pleased for us and excited about hearing our plans for the win. They all want to shake our hand to try and get a little bit of luck.”

Published: Monday 6th October 2008

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