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Toyota Lotto Syndicate

Toyota Lotto Syndicate
Updated: Monday 21st September 2015

A Lotto syndicate of Toyota workers in Burnaston, Derbyshire matched five main numbers and the bonus ball to win £82,379. The syndicate plays five lines consisting of numbers the members picked at random and one Lucky Dip entry. It was the Lucky Dip line that lived up to its name on Saturday 3 May, 2008.

The leader of the syndicate for the past four years is Phil Cooke, who is 39 years old. He discovered the win when checking his emails and finding one from the National Lottery.

 “I always check my emails at a friend’s photographic shop in Melbourne and I had an email from The National Lottery saying I had some ‘good news’,” Phil said. “It said we’d won £20. I then saw another email saying exactly the same thing, but this one had lots of numbers on it, our numbers, and I started to slowly read its contents. I called over to my friend and asked him to double-check it, then again and again before finally, after many surreal minutes, I decided to call the telephone number on the email to verify our win and find out how much we’d won.”

When he found out the syndicate had won more than £80,000, he started calling other members to tell them the good news. “They didn’t believe me at first, I suppose I wouldn’t have either but I printed the email off to prove it to everyone,” he said. “We were ecstatic.”

The syndicate members are now thinking up ways of spending their collective Lucky Dip windfall, and at this time of year it is no surprise that holidays are proving a popular choice. As for syndicate leader Phil, he is planning to pay off his mortgage and indulge himself in a new keyboard.

Because the syndicate members work different shifts at the Toyota factory in Burnaston, they haven’t yet got together to celebrate their win properly, but are hoping to do so in the very near future.

Published: Monday 2nd June 2008

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