Thursday 21 November 2019

'All the twos' as 22-person syndicate 'Two Little Ducks' strikes gold in TWO EuroMillions draws

Caroline Kieran Fabiola Heaslop Joan McCarthy Jackie Keneally pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Caroline Kieran Fabiola Heaslop Joan McCarthy Jackie Keneally pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Brian Byrne

It was a case of ‘all the twos’ for a 22-person syndicate, who struck gold in two EuroMillions draws in one week.

The ‘Two Little Ducks’ syndicate from GlaxoSmithKline in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, matched four numbers in the Tuesday, March 3 draw, potting €2,000.

Their luck had just begun, however, as they went on to scoop the €500,000 jackpot in the EuroMillions Plus draw that Friday.

It was the first major win for the syndicate, which has been running for two years at the pharmaceutical plant, and is named after the famous bingo nickname for ‘22’.

Syndicate member Michael Hart explained: “I got a phone call saying we were one number off winning €500,000 in the Tuesday draw, but that we had won €2,000. So I decided to throw money we had left over in our pot for Friday night’s draw.

“I didn’t think there was any way we could win twice. One member was on her honeymoon in Rome when we phoned her, and she thought it was all a joke.

Pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pharmaceutical workers from Glaxosmith Kline Dungarvan, Co. Waterford celebrate their 500,000 Euromillions plus prize at National Lottery Offices, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“We all met up and went down to the local pub and had a long session. It went on all night, and when I woke up the next morning, I thought it was a dream. I had to check the numbers again to make sure.”

Mr Hart said “the mood was unbelievable” as the group collected their winnings in Dublin today, which works out to €22,727.27 each.

He said the syndicate members, who range in age from 25 to 55, plan to use their shares to take holidays, upgrade their cars and do home refurbishments.

But he added: “They’re all giving out to me, because I’ve an old Nokia phone, so I’ll have to get a new one.”

Their lucky €15 Quick Pick ticket was purchased in Centra, Clonea Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, last Friday 6, March 2015.

This Friday’s EuroMillons jackpot is worth an estimated €25 million.

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