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School Teachers Win a Million!

School Teachers Win a Million!
Updated: Wednesday 6th April 2016

A syndicate of teachers at a primary school in Cheshire is celebrating after winning a cool £1 million prize in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle game. The syndicate, which is led by 43-year-old teaching assistant Julie Connaughton, comprises 30 staff from the Simms Cross Primary School in Widnes. Julie discovered the win just before the Easter holidays, but because the day on which she broke the news to the rest of the syndicate was the 1st of April, everyone assumed that she was trying to prank them for April Fool’s Day.

Julie had discovered their win after checking the syndicate ticket online, and she had already asked her partner to confirm that she wasn’t seeing things when she saw that their Millionaire Raffle number matched the one that was displayed on screen. Then, on Friday, she went straight to Lesley Feakes, who is the Head Teacher at the school, and the two women called the lottery organisers to confirm their win officially. 

Once that had been done, Julie and Lesley shared the good news with the other syndicate members, but their revelation was treated with more than a little scepticism. ‘Things like this just don’t happen to ordinary people like us,’ Julie explained. ‘We then told the rest of the syndicate and they just thought we were playing an April Fool’s Day joke. I think it took most of the day to convince everyone that we really had won!’

When the reality of the win had finally sunk in, the teachers enjoyed an after-school celebration at the local pub and started thinking about how to put their share of the windfall, which amounts to some £33,333 each, to good use. Those plans include a new bathroom and wardrobe for Lesley, an earlier-than-expected wedding for teaching assistant Beth Murphy and putting down a deposit on a house for the youngest member of the syndicate, 23-year-old Andy Carney.

The Simms Cross Primary School syndicate has been playing the Lotto for 17 years, and the teachers have no intention of stopping just because they have landed a Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize. We congratulate everyone involved and wish them every success in the future. 

Tonight’s midweek Lotto game will offer a multi-rollover jackpot worth an estimated £34.8 million, as well as a Millionaire Raffle prize of £1 million and 20 Lotto Raffle prizes of £20,000 each. Good luck to those of you who will be getting involved and don’t forget to download one of our free lottery apps if you would like to check the results on your mobile within seconds of the draw taking place.

Published: Wednesday 6th April 2016

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