The group of runners, who were jetting off to Amsterdam, purchased 13 tickets from the Exeter Airport branch of WH Smith after the syndicate leader claimed that his ‘feelings’ were convincing him to enter the draw. "I do seem to have a bit of a magic touch," Harriers’ leader Nicky Morse told Cornwall Live. The 58-year-old painter and decorator doesn’t consider himself a dedicated lottery player, but can be swayed to take part once in a while: "I'm not a regular gambler but every now and then, I feel lucky and I'll be drawn to bet on something and I always win. Over the years I've learned to take these feelings as they come and put my positive mindset to good use. It always pays off but this is by far my biggest win to date."
Fully aware of Morse’s remarkably profitable powers of foresight, the other members of the group all insisted on joining their leader in purchasing entries for the upcoming draw. The syndicate bought their tickets and continued with the journey, however, they failed to check the UK Millionaire Maker codes upon their return from the continent. Joking with Morse that he had lost his touch, each syndicate member soon scoffed at the idea of winning and threw the tickets back at the Harriers’ lead man.
However, Morse had a little more faith in his ‘feelings’ and returned home to double check the tickets with his wife and fellow Harriers member, Jackie. It was here that the couple discovered that the syndicate had won an amazing £1 million - a windfall of £76,923 each. The other runners were quickly notified of the terrific news: "There were a lot of tears and disbelief when I broke the news. Certainly no one slept that night,” Morse recalled.
The collective, whose ages range from 40 to 60, are now planning on how they will spend their share of the money: "Everyone will be doing something different with their share. Some are going to pay off their mortgages, there are a few holidays being booked and I'm planning some home improvements,” said Morse. “We are all hoping to get together for a meal and a few drinks to celebrate our good fortune soon."
If you would like to celebrate a EuroMillions win as part of a syndicate, tonight’s draw is the ideal time to play along with others and improve your chances of success - simply visit the EuroMillions Syndicate page for more information.
There is an estimated jackpot of £21 million waiting to be won in tonight’s draw. To be in with a chance of winning, simply buy your EuroMillions tickets online or from any authorised retailer in participating countries.