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Syndicate Success

Syndicate Success
Updated: Friday 18th September 2015

A syndicate of workers at a Wakefield factory won a £3,681,300 slice of a Lotto jackpot after a relative of the syndicate leader dreamed he would win.

The syndicate, which is organised by Ron Johnston, is made up of twenty fork lift truck drivers at M&S Toiletries, and the win took place on Saturday 2 February.

“My brother Ian had a dream about a month ago that I was going to win the lottery so he wasn’t that surprised when I told him!” Ron explained. “On the night of the win I was out with my partner, Joan, but I decided to check Teletext as soon as we got home. I couldn’t believe it when I realised we had a winning ticket so we woke Joan’s son and he came downstairs and confirmed the win. I still couldn’t believe it, I must have checked Teletext about twenty times, I didn’t sleep a wink that night.”

Monday is rarely the most popular day of the week for those of us who have to work for a living, but when it is accompanied by news of a Lotto win the day takes on an entirely different complexion.

“I managed to get in contact with some of the other syndicate members over the weekend but many didn’t find out until they started work at 6am on Monday and there were a few who we told when they came in for the 2pm shift,” Ron said. “Monday has never been so good for all of us!”

Each syndicate member is now thinking hard about how to spend their £184,065 windfall. Ron, who is 61 years of age, intends to pay off his mortgage, buy a new kitchen and then tuck the rest away in readiness for his retirement. Like most of his syndicate colleagues, he intends to continue working.

Published: Wednesday 27th February 2008

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