Recalling how he found out about the syndicate’s good fortune, group leader Darren Graham said in the Daily Record: “I nipped into the local Scotmid to check our tickets and the sales adviser said that we'd 'won a substantial amount of money' on one of them. I asked how much but she couldn't tell me and advised that I phone the claim line. I remember having a laugh with her at that point and jokingly saying 'maybe I've won the jackpot' - little did I know.”
Having checked the numbers online and realised that each member of the group, from MJVentilation in Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross, would be receiving £62,500, Graham was then in a position to share the news with the others. He said: “Their reactions were so different, from jumping up and down while screaming, to complete and utter disbelief. That was such a special day in the office but I was still getting asked if I was joking at 5pm.”
The lucky winners now have time to consider how they wish to use their money, and Graham is already planning to put a deposit down on a new house. He added: “As a group, I think this is going to be a pretty spectacular Christmas and New Year - although I don't think the presents under the Christmas tree are going to be nearly as good as this one."
It is estimated that one in five top EuroMillions prizes are won by syndicates, as many players feel it is a great way to buy a number of tickets at a shared cost, thus increasing the chances of winning. Visit the Syndicates page to find out more about playing as part of a group.
Whether you fancy joining a syndicate or playing alone, tickets can be bought online or from authorised retailers in any of the nine participating EuroMillions countries. It could be an ideal time to play, too, with Christmas and the New Year just days away and the jackpot standing at a massive £42 million (€50 million).