Very merry Christmas for lottery syndicate

By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 23 December 2013 Updated: 23/12 15:39

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WORKERS at a borough firm are set for a very merry Christmas after winning £1 million on a lottery scratchcard.

The group of 14 from fashion distributor Motel Rocks in Hunt End each won £71,428.57.

But Caroline O'Meara, credit controller and syndicate leader, said it was only by chance they won the prize. Having started the syndicate in February their success through the year had seen them build up £270 in the kitty.

They spent £200 on tickets for the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve EuroMillions draws and the remaining £70 on scratchcards, each scratching them off and placing them on Caroline's desk to check them.

She said: "I went through the 13 and nothing and then came to the 14th and I noticed only part of the Scratchcard had been revealed. So I found a coin and scratched the final part of the three sections and it said I had matched the symbols and won £1m.

"I asked some of my colleagues to check and after we had realised what we had won everyone just started to scream and jump up and down."

The mother of two plans to use the win to treat the family. Other members of the syndicate are still in shock and deciding what to do with their windfall - holidays, cars and home renovations have all been mentioned.

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