A group of bricklayers from South Tyneside scooped almost £70,000 after playing the National Lottery twice a week for two decades using the same numbers.
“We Are All over the Moon about the News,” Winner
A team of seven brickies who work for the South Tyneside Homes has laid the foundations for a new future after scooping the win of over £69,000 on the National Lottery. The winners have been using the same 9 lines, every Wednesday and Saturday, since the game started more than 20 years ago. They finally matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on July 8, 2015.
The syndicate discovered their win in the morning after the draw when one of the team checked their numbers. Graham Hartley, the team leader of the syndicate, says he thought his mates were joking at him when told they hit £69,283.
Though the winners can’t believe their luck, they say the shared sum is not enough for them to quit work. The lucky workmates have not yet decided exactly how to spend their winnings of about £10,000 each. However, on the “must” shortlist for some member, there is a holiday to Rhodes, a new guitar, and kitchen renovation.
On the July 8 draw, the winning numbers were 3, 10, 35, 38, 40, 41 and the Bonus ball – 27.