Factory workers from our area have been celebrating after scooping a share of a £1 million lottery jackpot.
Just 10 weeks after starting their syndicate, the workmates from Bakkavor’s Spalding food site – dubbed ‘the lucky 13’ – defied odds of 20 million to one to match the Millionaire Maker winning code with a Lucky Dip in the EuroMillions draw.
Syndicate members got the biggest pay day of their lives – each banking a whopping £76,923 – and now they’re planning to splash the cash on deposits for homes, holidays in Barbados and Florida, paying big chunks off their mortgages, a posh wedding, new cars and a Dior handbag or two.
Seven not-so-lucky syndicate members had dropped out before the raffle number came up.
Had they stayed in, each of the 20 workmates would have banked £50,000 apiece.
Two winners, Sabrina Lindsay, 26, from Sutterton, and Kayleigh Davies, 21, from Spalding, were about to drop out of the syndicate and were left thanking their lucky stars that the win came in the nick of time.
Sabrina is starting a new job at a secure unit for children in Sleaford.
She said: “It’s my last week of being at Bakkavor so one week later and I would not have won it. It was my new year’s resolution to save for a house.”
A big slice of the wedge will go on the house deposit but there will be cash to spare to buy a car for her mum, Susan, and an Xbox One for little brother Thomas, seven.
Sabrina said: “We are all so happy. It’s made all of our dreams come true. It’s a lot nicer than just one person winning £1 million.”
Syndicate member Karen Taylor, who buys the tickets, was the first to realise they had won a million and bombarded syndicate leader Mark Waters’ phone with calls until he picked up at 5am on Saturday, January 17.
The pair then went to work and kept it secret for six hours from their colleagues until Camelot verified the win at lunchtime.
Joker in the pack Mark, 50, from Weston, couldn’t resist teasing his workmates that morning by asking them: “How much would you be happy with if we won and what would you do with it?”
Mark said it was ‘pandemonium for a while’ when they broke the news, which was met with disbelief before ‘the whole room went mad’.
Mark said: “Camelot told me the odds of us winning were 20 million to one against – that’s the scary part about it.”
Debbie Fraser, 24, from Gosberton, lives with partner Gary Rudd, 39, and son Tobias, two.
She said: “We live in a council property so we are looking into buying it.”
Debbie also wants to put an extension on the house, take Tobias to Disney World in Florida and buy a new car.
None of the Bakkavor syndicate members is thinking of quitting their jobs.
Debbie said: “It’s a large amount of money but it’s not enough to retire on, unfortunately.”
She’s worked at Bakkavor for four years packing cartons of soup into boxes.
Camelot staged a Champagne reception for the syndicate as they met the press at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding.