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Syndicate Scores Millionaire Raffle Win

Syndicate Scores Millionaire Raffle Win
Updated: Wednesday 16th September 2015

A syndicate of football fans has scored the kind of win that most people only ever get to dream about by landing the Millionaire Raffle prize of £1,000,000 on Friday 31 January. The syndicate refers to itself as the BTNP, which stands for Bigger Than Normal Peeps, and consists of eleven Sutton Coldfield friends who all support Aston Villa. Splitting the Millionaire Raffle prize eleven ways means that each syndicate member is now £90,909 richer than they were this time last week, which just goes to show how quickly life can change for lottery players who strike it lucky!

The BTNP syndicate hasn’t been around for very long, and was formed as recently as September 2013 by 22 year old Simon Ashcroft. It was Simon who discovered the big win when he received an email alert from lottery organisers telling him that his online ticket had achieved some success. He didn’t know quite how successful the ticket had been until he had logged into his account and saw the prize that it had won. ‘When I went into the account and realised it was £1 million it was just unbelievable,’ Simon said. ‘Phenomenal is the word that keeps coming to mind.’

Unbelievable is probably the word that the other syndicate members would have used to describe what they thought about the news of their win when Simon shared it with them. ‘A lot of the lads are still in shock,’ Simon explained. ‘I’m a bit of a joker and no-one really believed me to begin with. We all just feel ridiculously lucky, especially as we only played our first game in September. I’ve never even won a raffle at the fair.’

The syndicate enters eleven lines of numbers into every EuroMillions draw, which is obviously one line per member. The numbers on some lines are picked deliberately, whilst others are generated at random by taking advantage of the Lucky Dip feature. Every line of numbers entered for the EuroMillions game earns an automatic entry into the Millionaire Raffle draw, and the raffle number that succeeded for the Sutton Coldfield players last Friday was QVG418871.

Simon and his fellow winners are now thinking about how they might put their cash to the best use, with property, cars and holidays proving to be popular choices. Congratulations to the lucky syndicate from all of us here at Lottery.co.uk and good luck to everyone else who chooses to play online for the next EuroMillions game this Friday 7 February, when the jackpot will be worth an estimated £21 million.

Written by Tony Sharpe

Published: Wednesday 5th February 2014

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