Cheers! We've won the Lotto!
21 Nov 2006
Shropshire factory workers were popping corks as they received a cheque for nearly £7 million which they scooped on the Euro lottery. Shropshire factory workers were popping corks as they received a cheque for nearly £7 million which they scooped on the Euro lottery.The workers from pie makers Palethorpes, based in Market Drayton, showered each other in champagne.
Shropshire factory workers were popping corks as they received a cheque for nearly £7 million which they scooped on the Euro lottery.The workers from pie makers Palethorpes, based in Market Drayton, showered each other in champagne.Syndicate members, who took a share of the EuroMillions jackpot on Friday night, cheered at the top of their voices as Camelot representatives presented them with a cheque for £6,750,278.40 outside the factory.
Each member of the winning group collected just over £200,000.
Twenty eight of the 33 winners gathered at a press conference held at Palethorpes this morning to receive their cheque and spell out their plans.
Mrs Daryl Bowden, who bought the winning ticket, spoke about her excitement and thanked the person who sold her the ticket.
She said: “I bought the tickets on Wednesday night, we usually do a lottery syndicate, but the EuroMillions was a one off.
“I was in disbelief when I found out we won and was completely numb, but now it has hit home.”
She said her husband, David, checked the ticket. “He started dancing around. Although I was very tired after a long shift and needed a snooze I just couldn’t sleep I was so excited. We then started to phone around the other syndicate members. I would like to say thank you to the young man who sold us the tickets.”
That young man, Martyn Munn, who works at the One Stop Shop in Market Drayton, was surprised to be receiving attention.
He said: “It felt all right when I heard I had sold the winning ticket. I just wish it was me who had won.”
The syndicate won the cash after the £120m top prize rolled down and was distributed among the next tier of winners, those who matched five numbers and one Lucky Star. Their ticket was one of seven winners bought in Britain.
If a single winner had claimed the prize it would have been the world’s biggest ever lottery prize. The numbers were 12, 22, 32, 33 and 36. The lucky stars were two and six.
Daryl Boden, 55, whose family is getting an even larger slice of the cash because her husband David was also a member of the syndicate, revealed they were planning on taking a few holidays, including trips to Jersey and New England.
But despite their windfall the couple are not looking to move and have no big spending plans.
She said: “We are not going to move out of our bungalow and we are going to let the money sit tight and work for us at the moment.
David revealed plans to splash out on a new Audi TT, only to be stopped in his tracks by Mrs Bowden.
Shift production manager Patricia Nash, from Loggerheads, said she was delighted about her win after being woken up 6.45am by her colleague.
She said she did not believe the news at first because it was so early and section leader Gary Parton, who broke the news, was a bit of a practical joker.
She plans to pay off her mortgage, buy a new car and head off on her dream holiday to Africa on safari.
The members of the winning syndicate were: David Bowden, Daryl Bowden, Alan Domagalski, Jane Domagalski, Andy Bagguley, Brian Nicholls, Carol Mills, Claire Edwards, Dave Webb, Gary Lawton, Gary Parton, Jane Hicks, Jane Leicester, Jan Titley, Julie Pearson, Mary Viggers, Michelle Wilcock, Mick Haynes, Mick Hemmings, Mick Russell, Karl Williams, Pat Nash, Pat Noden, Pete Colclough, Rob Balley, Roma Ankers, Sam Cadman, Steve Hayes, Steve Lawton, Sue Booth, Tahir Mahmood, Tracy Barratt and Yvonne Clews.
After hearing about the win, Palethorpes bosses said they were delighted. Palethorpes duty manager Nicky Birch said: “Everybody is really pleased for the staff, it couldn’t have happened to a better bunch of people.”