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Friends Celebrate Bonus Ball Win

Friends Celebrate Bonus Ball Win
Updated: Wednesday 16th September 2015

A group of twenty friends who are all members of Ystrad Mynach Non-Political Club in Mid Glamorgan are celebrating a second-tier Lotto win worth £91,820 on Saturday 26 June. The win came after the syndicate matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball in the very same draw that ‘The Winners Club’ syndicate won a fifth-share of the Lotto jackpot itself (see Lucky Eleven Land Lotto Jackpot). Although the friends in Wales won considerably less, each member still has plenty of reasons to smile – around 4,591 of them if we assume one smile for every £1 won by each member!

The syndicate is led by Graham Williams, who is 70 years old, and he watched the Lotto draw take place live on television. However, he initially assumed that the syndicate had won a third-tier prize, and not the much larger second-tier prize. “I thought we had matched 5 numbers,” Graham explained, “but when I phoned another syndicate member, he pointed out we had the bonus ball too!”

The prize for five numbers paid £2,307, so the addition of the Bonus Ball (which was number 03 for those who are interested) was worth an extra £89,513 to the syndicate. And with £4,591 going to each of the twenty members, there is definitely enough to make each of the lottery winners start thinking about treating themselves.

“I’m off to Orlando with my wife Vera and two of our grandchildren age 10 and 16,” Graham said. “We’re going to Disneyworld and all the major attractions, so this money will come in handy. It’s great to have a lump sum like this, especially as we are pensioners. I’ll also give some money to my two children”.

As for the syndicate as a whole, jetting away from it all is likely to be quite a common plan. “It was great to tell everyone the good news,” Graham said. “I think most of the syndicate will use the money for holidays and we’re going to have a few drinks to celebrate at the club too.”

Lottery syndicates are clearly enjoying a run of good luck lately, so if you have ever thought about starting one or joining one, now might be a good time to do so. Of course, every ticket has exactly the same chance of winning, so even if you play as an individual you can still strike it rich. Buy lottery tickets online today and you too might soon be celebrating!

Published: Tuesday 6th July 2010

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