12-strong syndicate to keep playing Lotto even after €2.5m win

The lucky winners of last week’s Lotto jackpot of over €2.5m revealed they have no intention of calling time on their syndicate, and have already their ticket bought for tonight’s draw.

12-strong syndicate to keep playing Lotto even after €2.5m win

The champagne flowed as the 12-strong group of colleagues from Waterford manufacturing plant Bausch and Lomb yesterday collected their €2,578,134 winnings.

Alan Smith, one of the lucky group who collected his cheque for €214,844, said recent days have been “surreal”.

“The past week people have been coming up and congratulating you, but it wasn’t until we got here and saw everyone waiting for us with champagne that it became a reality,” he said.

“It doesn’t sink in until you see the actual cheque.”

The syndicate has purchased tickets for 16 years, and its last big success was a €1,300 win after matching five numbers in the Lotto.

And the lucky winners, who have always used the same numbers, have no plans to finish with a flourish following their big payday.

“We buy tickets for every Friday and Saturday, and we already have our tickets bought for tonight and Saturday,” Mr Smith said yesterday.

While there has been talk of buying cars and paying off mortgages, no one has yet made any definite plans as to what to do with their share, he said.

“It’s all up in the air until we come back down from cloud nine,” said Mr Smith.

Their winning ticket was an €8 normal play bought last Saturday in the Spar store in Ferrybank, Waterford.

Yesterday’s celebrations were the second held at National Lottery headquarters in the past week.

A Clare couple collected €1,026,063 after they matched five numbers and one bonus ball in th EuroMillions draw on February 23. They bought a €6 QP ticket in Spar on Limerick Rd in Ennis.

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