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Jackpot Win for Family Lottery Syndicate

Jackpot Win for Family Lottery Syndicate
Updated: Wednesday 16th September 2015

Lottery syndicates are commonly found in the workplace, but it can also be very lucrative for family members to club together to play lottery games. Just ask members of the Eccles family from Pontefract, who are currently celebrating after one of their tickets matched all six main numbers drawn in the Lotto game on Wednesday 4 December. The jackpot was worth £7,571,020 and there were five jackpot winners in total, so the syndicate landed a one-fifth share worth £1,514,204.

The winning syndicate is made up of seven family members, with 75 year old Ann Eccles acting as syndicate leader. Her husband, Colin, had enjoyed entering the same Lotto numbers from 1994 until his death, and in 2004 Ann formed the syndicate with their five sons David, Colin, Jason, Peter and Mark, and her daughter Susan.

It was Susan who checked the numbers and discovered that the group had won the jackpot. ‘We put the numbers on every Wednesday when I take mum shopping,’ she explained. ‘I phoned mum to check the numbers – I couldn’t check online so I got a printout from the local shop and ran through the numbers with her. As I was reading them out I thought they sounded familiar and we thought we had three numbers. I kept reading them out and then we had four, then five and then all six numbers in total! 

‘We couldn’t believe it,’ Susan continued, ‘and I didn’t think it was real at first but it was and our dreams have come true. Dad always used to say that one day these numbers would come up and he was right!’

Susan is now thinking about what to do with her slice of the jackpot prize, and she already has plenty of good ideas. ‘I plan to spend my share of the money on paying off my mortgage, putting money away for our retirement, investing in a new three-bed caravan for my family and would love to take the family to Disneyland,’ she said. ‘We can’t wait to start planning how to spend the money!’

Syndicate leader Ann has been so shocked by the jackpot success that she has lost a bit of sleep in recent days. ‘I still can’t believe the news that we’ve won,’ she said. ‘I haven’t slept a wink since I found out, I’ve been so excited and I can’t wait to celebrate. With my birthday next week and Christmas two weeks away this fantastic Lotto win couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m over the moon for me and my family as we’ve worked hard all our lives and it’s nice to have some financial security and good fortune.’

Congratulations to all of the Eccles family syndicate members on their fantastic win, which will no doubt motivate plenty of players to also try and win big before Christmas. If you have been inspired in that way, click here to buy your lottery tickets online and good luck with your numbers!

Written by Tony Sharpe

Published: Wednesday 11th December 2013

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