Irish syndicate share €156k Lotto win two months before Christmas
Today kicks off the Halloween bank holiday weekend but one group of work colleagues are already looking ahead to Christmas.
The 24-strong syndicate from Co Wicklow had no problem with the C-word as they collected their €156,002 cheque from the National Lottery on Friday afternoon.
It was Tuesday night's Euromillions draw that spelled good tidings for the lucky employees as they matched five numbers and one Lucky Star.
"A win of €6,500 each, two months before Christmas?! This means everything to us! Santy will be very good this year!!," syndicate spokesperson Eibhlis Forde said.
The syndicate - aged in their late 30s to early 60s - work together at the County Wicklow Partnership and have tried their luck with the EuroMillions game since 2009.
Eibhlis buys a Quick Pick in Dunnes Stores in the Bridgewater Centre in Arklow every week for the group and it was the shop assistant there that reminded her to check the ticket as there had been "a big win".
"I went back to the office and checked the results on the National Lottery App which I have on my phone. I got the message; 'Congratulations, you’ve won!'. We're in an open-plan office so I called everyone out onto to the floor to tell them - there was great excitement!" continued Eibhlis.
"We're all delighted and the money means so much to everyone individually, especially at this time of the year. One of the guys wanted a new car for ages, so he can get it now. And another was about to take out a loan to pay her two daughters college fees. The win covers those fees.
"It will be a happy Christmas for us all!"