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Lotto syndicate with 67 members 'cracks code' to win €5,200 each

Sam Griffin

Published 21/06/2013 | 05:00

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Members of the 67-strong Lotto syndicate, left to right, Kitty Barrett, Kay Keohane, Angela Cronin, Mary Kennelly, Christina Skeath, Jenny Payne, Kathleen Waugh, Margaret Buckley, and Mairéad Hurley with their cheque

A 67-strong syndicate from Cork last night toasted their good luck with champagne after collecting €350,000 from a National Lottery win.

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The group, who have been playing the lottery since 1991, all work at St Patrick's Upton, Brothers of Charity Southern Services, which offers a range of services to adults with intellectual disabilities in west Cork.

Each of the lucky winners will bag themselves €5,200.

The winning ticket was bought in Scanlan's Daybreak, in Bandon.

Kitty Barrett, who bought the lucky ticket, said the group was "absolutely thrilled" with the win.

"We've had occasional small wins now and then of €20 to €30 and our biggest previous win before now was €315, so to be here now collecting such a big prize is just fantastic," she said yesterday at the National Lottery offices in Dublin City Centre.

Ms Barrett said the group will still playthe Lotto.

"How could we stop now? Sure it's only €1 a week and now we've cracked the code," she added.

The syndicate consists of care workers, and nurses as well as administrative and catering staff, and included both present employees and some retired members of the service.

Syndicate members had no "definite plans" on how to spend the money though Ms Barrett insisted many would use the money to cover school costs and bills.

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