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Syndicate Sails to Lotto Win

Syndicate Sails to Lotto Win
Updated: Friday 18th September 2015

A syndicate of National Lottery players who all work at Princess Yachts in Plympton, Devon, celebrated a Lotto win of £78,723 with beer and cake. The syndicate members, who spend their working lives designing and building luxury yachts, matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball in the Lotto game on Saturday 13 March. The lottery results on that day were 23, 25, 28, 33, 44 and 49, and the Bonus Ball was 46. The syndicate has 45 members, so each one will get to enjoy a personal share of the prize worth £1,749.

The lottery syndicate, which is currently led by 49 year old Kenneth Finnigan, has been playing the Lotto ever since it first started. “I took over the syndicate last year and suggested that instead of picking our own numbers, we all pick lucky dips and stick with those,” Kenneth said, “so that’s what we did – and it’s paid dividends.”

He continued: “We’ve had a few little wins over the years - £2,000 was our biggest - but this is amazing. The majority of the guys are planning holidays to places like Cyprus and Turkey, and there’s quite a few of us who are going to buy new televisions.”

So when did Kenneth discover the syndicate win? “I usually check our tickets on the Sunday, but because it was Mothers’ Day, I didn’t get round to it until the Monday morning at work,” he said. “My colleague Gary Smith had already checked them and said we might have won something, but wouldn’t tell me any more.

“My wife text me the numbers, so I began checking and it wasn’t until the second to last ticket when I came across the winning line –and I had thought Gary was pulling my leg!

“We told everyone as they came in to the office and we then called Camelot. I kept the winning ticket in my toolbox for safe-keeping.”

One of the best parts of winning a lottery prize of any size is celebrating the achievement, and the syndicate of yacht workers did it in true community style. “We went for a few pints and a game of darts at the local Saltram Social club, and the canteen made us a cake with our winning numbers on,” Kenneth said.

The Lotto jackpot this Wednesday 31 March will be worth around £2.4 million. There is also £13 million to play for in the EuroMillions game as well as the Millionaire Raffle prize of £1 million this Friday 02 April. Buy lottery tickets online today and you might soon be eating your own slice of celebration cake!

Published: Tuesday 30th March 2010

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