9th October 2008 10:58 AM
A syndicate of nine care home workers in the UK held one of the 15 tickets matching five main numbers and one Lucky Star in the EuroMillions Superdraw on Friday 26 September, 2008. Because the Superdraw jackpot was not won outright, the syndicate won a whopping €9,184,505 (£7,055,142).
Even though each member of the syndicate is now a whole lot richer than they were before the September superdraw, all of them intend to continue working at the residential care home in Upminster, Essex.
“All the girls have continued to do their shifts since we won,” explained Barbara Fogg, who leads the syndicate. “We can’t let our residents down, it’s not something you can do in this trade and we have reassured them all that despite the win we are here to stay.”
Winning €9 million can be hard on the emotions, as Barbara discovered when she found out about their EuroMillions success. “I was a blubbering mess after checking the tickets and could barely call the National Lottery Line and Pat, the manager at the care home,” she said. “She decided to call all of the girls into work and revealed the amazing news to them one by one. I then made an announcement to the residents and reassured them we wouldn’t be all leaving. They were overjoyed for us.”
So overjoyed that the owner of the care home decided to throw a EuroMillions Party to celebrate their success. And Barbara loved every minute of it. “It was fantastic,” she said. “Everybody from the residents to strangers we met at the service station on the way back from getting the cheque, have been so pleased for us and excited about hearing our plans for the win. They all want to shake our hand to try and get a little bit of luck.”
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