23 January 2015
There's strength in numbers as the saying goes, and nowhere is that more true that in the world of lotteries, where syndicates of players can work together to make their dreams come true. That's exactly what happened with the Spalding 13 - a syndicate of 13 lucky players who struck it rich with a £1 million prize in last Friday's EuroMillions Millionaire Maker draw!
While 13 may be unlucky for some, it was a jackpot-winning number for the lottery syndicate from Spalding, who work together at the Bakkavor food manufacturing firm. Despite only having played together for 10 weeks, and having lost 7 of their original number of 20, the 13 remaining members came out on top with the guaranteed £1 million UK prize in last weekend's EuroMillions Millionaire Maker draw.
Leader of the syndicate, Mark Waters, and fellow member Karen Taylor, were first to hear the good news, although they forced themselves to keep the win under wraps until they could confirm it with the lottery operator, Camelot.
“Karen takes charge of the tickets and on Saturday morning I had a dozen or so missed calls from her," Mark remembers. “She usually picks me up on the way to work so my first thought was she’s had an accident. When I eventually spoke to her she screamed down the phone – ‘I don’t know whether it’s true but I think we’ve won the lottery! We didn’t want to excite everyone until we’d spoken to Camelot, so we kept quiet until lunchtime when we could take our break and make the call. It was the longest six hours of my life.”
Finally having received confirmation of the win, Mark broke the news to the rest of the syndicate over lunch - that thanks to being part of a lottery-playing team, they had each won an amazing £76,000 in cash!
“You’ve never seen a group of more ecstatic people in your life", says Mark. "We certainly are the lucky 13! At first no-one believed me, but as soon as we’d explained that we’d spoken to Camelot and it was true, the whole room went mad. £76,000 doesn’t mean we can all give up work but it means we can do all those things we’ve wanted to do but just haven’t been able to afford.”
Mark intends on using his share of the million to purchase a new lawnmower and take his partner on holiday to Barbados, while the rest of the syndicate are making similar plans for holidays, home improvements, new cars and more.
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