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Syndicate of Five Wins Lotto Jackpot

Syndicate of Five Wins Lotto Jackpot
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014

A lottery syndicate of five work colleagues from Armagh in Northern Ireland is celebrating after winning a share of the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday 23 March. What makes this win even more special is the fact that the syndicate had only been formed the week before, and the jackpot win was achieved in the third draw that the five members had played together. The jackpot value was £2,329,590, but because there were three jackpot winners in all, the share won by the syndicate was worth £776,530. Still, with just five members in the syndicate, that made each member £155,306 richer!

“These are difficult economic times and we all realise just how lucky we are,” said syndicate member Greg Mallon. “Many people are facing uncertainties and the win will obviously give us peace of mind.”

The syndicate played five lines of numbers, with each member choosing the numbers for a separate line. The numbers which won the jackpot were selected by Brendan McLaughlin. “I picked my girlfriend's birthday, the date on which we met along with my birthday and my sister’s birthday,” he said. “The other two numbers were picked at random. We just couldn’t believe it.”

Although the syndicate was a new idea, the working relationship between the members wasn’t at all new, as Greg explained: “We have worked together and have been friends for five years but it was only two weeks ago that we decided to start the syndicate. Up to then we had individual flutters and some of us had won now and again - but nothing on this scale. We all think it’s a terrific amount of money to win - the right amount to make a difference to us all while keeping our feet on the ground.”

The five members are now thinking about how to spend their winnings, and their plans are diverse, ranging from buying a racing greyhound to taking children on a pre-Christmas trip to Lapland.

Buy lottery tickets online today and you too could soon be drawing up your own shopping list as a jackpot winner. The EuroMillions rollover jackpot this Friday 15 April will be worth around £25 million and the Lotto triple rollover jackpot on Saturday will be worth around £15.8 million, so get involved, think positive and good luck!

Published: Thursday 14th April 2011

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