24 Feb Orsett Pub Syndicate In EuroMillions Win
An Essex pub syndicate have been toasting their good fortune, and believe love really is all around, after they discovered a £187,109.80 EuroMillions win on Valentine’s Day.
The syndicate of sixteen from The Kings Arms, on Stifford Clays Road in Orsett, are each £11,694.36 better off after their ticket matched five numbers and one lucky star in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 10 February, includes the pub landlady, Emma Crawford (47) and her sister. Also celebrating are a host of pub regulars many of whom have been in the syndicate since it started almost three years ago.
Landlady and syndicate leader Emma, who buys the tickets for the EuroMillions draws on a Tuesday and Friday, discovered the win as she was putting a roast chicken in the oven in readiness for a Valentine’s meal.
“Although I’m the syndicate leader, I’ve got a bit of a reputation for being a bit slow at checking our tickets, sometimes not getting around to it until a few months later! So I have absolutely no idea what made me use the ticket scanning function on the National Lottery app on my phone to check that ticket on Valentine’s Day, I haven’t used it for months. There was a stack of tickets on the side in the kitchen and I popped the chicken in the oven, picked up my phone and scanned the top ticket all in one move. It just so happened the top ticket was worth £187,109.80!”
Not believing the amount that was showing on her phone she closed the app, then reopened it and scanned again only to see that it was still a winning ticket. Running downstairs she burst into the bar with her phone and said ‘someone needs to tell me if this is true or not’!
Her sister and then partner, Chris Oakley looked at Emma’s phone and the message before in unison shouting, ‘ring Camelot’.
Emma immediately started to contact their fellow winners, calling and texting to say they needed an urgent syndicate meeting in the pub. One by one they all arrived in The Kings Arms to be greeted by those magic words, ‘we’ve won the lottery’.
For the syndicate, who are a very close knit gang sharing life’s trials and tribulations over the odd pint, the win that was discovered on Valentine’s Day really has been filled with love.
Other plans for syndicate winners may be less extreme but no less desired, a new kitchen, long dreamt of holidays and new cars are all on the list.
The Kings Arm Syndicate bought their winning ticket at Tesco Express on Crammavill Street in Grays.
The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like The Kings Arms Syndicate as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £30m for National Lottery-funded projects every week across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors