Tuesday 12 December 2017

Their luck is in - 10 workmates claim €500,000 Lotto Plus 1 prize

Lucky members of the 'Mafic 10' collect the prize winnings
Credit: National Lottery
Lucky members of the 'Mafic 10' collect the prize winnings Credit: National Lottery
The ten members of the syndicate have planned a big party for family and friends Credit:National Lottery

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A very lucky syndicate, made up of ten work colleagues from manufacturing company Mafic in Kells in Co. Meath, have won €500,000 in the Lotto Plus 1 draw.

The work mates have been playing Lotto religiously with the same numbers for almost two years, and struck gold when their winning numbers appeared on a €60 ticket bought online.

Deirdre Gingles realised that she and her colleagues had scooped the €500,000 when she received an email from the National Lottery.

However the syndicate's only female member somehow managed to keep the news to herself until the work mates met up that evening when they were rostered to work a night shift together.

Gabriel Finegan, one of the syndicate members almost missed out on his share of the prize money.

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“I recently changed shifts at work and was considering leaving the syndicate.

"I spoke to Deirdre about it last Friday and she advised me to sleep on it before making my decision so I decided to remain in the group.

"I can’t bear to think about what would’ve happened if I’d left,” he said.

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Another member of the group was experiencing feelings of relief as he sipped champagne in National Lottery Headquarters.

The man recently left his job at Mafic but opted to remain in the syndicate for the next six months.

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