Dublin syndicate dubbed the 'Rat-Pack' scoop €500k lotto prize
A Dublin-based work syndicate nicknamed the 'Rat-Pack' today collected €500,000 - after almost 30 years of playing the National Lottery.
The 12 lucky work colleagues from a city centre business each scooped €42,000 and spent the day sipping on champagne.
"Luckily our boss was in the syndicate so he gave us all a half day," the syndicate leader said.
The group won the Lotto Plus 1 top prize after buying their ticket at Tesco in Rathmines.
They've had the office syndicate running for almost 30 years
"We have never won anything as big as this before," the Rat-Pack leader added.
"We had a tough task on Thursday morning trying to convince the other lads that we had won the half million euro prize. One member of the group in particular was on holidays and we rang him to tell him to get into the office to sign a winning Lotto ticket. He was convinced it was just an elaborate prank to get him back into work!"
Discussing their plans for the win, he said: "It’s truly a fantastic amount to win and share together as a syndicate. Everybody has discussed their own plans for the money whether it is looking after family, house deposits, cars or holidays. We’re going to put some money aside for all of our colleagues in work so that they can celebrate properly with us."