UK Bus Drivers Speed Away with Euro Millions Jackpot Worth £38 Million

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The EuroMillions jackpot on March 16 was won by a pool of 12 bus drivers from Corby in Northamptonshire, UK.

The syndicate is led by Chris Smith and has been buying tickets as a collective for three years. Because the group only plays the EuroMillions game on Fridays and each member pays for just one ticket each, the outlay per member is only £2 a week.

That means each member has invested little over £300 since the syndicate began and has now won a personal share of the £38 million jackpot worth £3.16 million!

We started the syndicate about three years ago and everyone chose a set of numbers “ it’s only £2 each in the pot every week, Chris explained. I always try to watch the draw show live, or record it, and check off all of our numbers.

On Friday my partner checked half our numbers and I checked the other half “ she just passed the winning ticket over and paused the TV on the numbers. We kept looking at it and passing it between each other about four or five times. We couldn’t really believe that they all matched!

Chris then called another syndicate member who visited his house to check the ticket personally. Other calls were then made and more syndicate members decided to visit so that they too could see the winning ticket for themselves.

When the group realised that the ticket really had won the EuroMillions jackpot, and that there was just one winning ticket, they called the lottery operator to make their claim. Then the call from the operator was returned and the win was confirmed. There was a lot of hugging, shaking hands and quite a few tears, Chris said.

The syndicate members are now thinking about how to spend their millions, and for everyone concerned family is coming first, with helping children and relatives taking priority over new cars and dream holidays.

Times have been very tough for everyone, Chris said. This win means so much and is life-changing for everybody “ people can live their dreams and help out their families. This couldn’t have happened to a better bunch of blokes. We are all friends as well as colleagues and I am happy that we have all won together.

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