Thursday 8 December 2016

What a way to start the weekend - Waterford workers collect €2.5m lotto cheque

Published 18/03/2016 | 14:32

Alan Smith (center with Cheque) celebrates with the Eleven other members of the Bausch & Lomb winning Syndicate from Waterford at Lottery HQ after they picked up a winning Cheque for €2,578,134.
Alan Smith (center with Cheque) celebrates with the Eleven other members of the Bausch & Lomb winning Syndicate from Waterford at Lottery HQ after they picked up a winning Cheque for €2,578,134.
Alan Smith (center with Cheque) celebrates with the Eleven other members of the Bausch & Lomb winning Syndicate from Waterford at Lottery HQ after they picked up a winning Cheque for €2,578,134.
Alan Smith (center with Cheque) celebrates with the Eleven other members of the Bausch & Lomb winning Syndicate from Waterford at Lottery HQ after they picked up a winning Cheque for €2,578,134.
Alan Smith (center with Cheque) celebrates with the Eleven other members of the Bausch & Lomb winning Syndicate from Waterford at Lottery HQ after they picked up a winning Cheque for €2,578,134.

A dozen Bausch and Lomb employees are celebrating today after their workplace syndicate won more than €2.5m in last Saturday's National Lottery jackpot.

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The group from Waterford city and county hired a bus and brought about 40 friends and family with them to celebrate their good fortune as they collected a cheque for €2,578,134 at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin this afternoon.

Split equally between them, each member of the syndicate will take home just under €215,000.

The pavement outside the Lotto office was soaked with champagne as the syndicate and their supporters sprayed each other with bubbly as passing cars and pedestrians cheered them on.

"We're the dirty dozen because we're now all stinking rich," joked Derek Burke from Waterford city.

He is among the syndicate, calling itself the "RP111" heads" named after the production unit at the contact lens manufacturer, who have been faithfully buying lotto tickets each week for the past 16 years.

They have been playing the same numbers, 9, 18, 23, 27, 31, 38 and bonus 30         , which finally paid off. They bought the winning €8 ticket on the day of the draw at the Spar shop in Ferrybank, Waterford.

Mr Burke estimates he has splashed out about €3,000 on lottery tickets over the years and his investment has finally paid off.

Although some of the syndicate, aged between 37 and 50, took redundancy from the company previously, they all still socialise together and play the lottery as a group.

None of the current workers plan to quit their jobs, but the win will make life much more comfortable for everyone, Mr Burke said.

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