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Wolves' fans discover big win six weeks later
A syndicate of friends is celebrating after scooping a Lotto jackpot of £1,758,997. The friends, all former work colleagues and life-long Warrington Wolves' supporters, revealed they only checked their winning ticket by chance six weeks after the draw took place.
The syndicate, who will each bank £293,166, have been playing Lotto every week with the same numbers since it launched. Syndicate leader Julie Phillips said: "
I never check the numbers from week to week. With Christmas being so busy I had just not checked the last ticket we bought. It was just sitting on top of the fridge in our kitchen. It was only because I was in Warrington shopping and I walked past the kiosk where I normally buy our tickets that I decided to check. I had put the ticket in my bag before I went out in case I passed anywhere to check the numbers.
Julie added that she went home but completely forgot about her ticket as she started to do household chores and it was around one hour later when she remembered she needed to call Camelot.
She explained: "when the lady on the end of the phone confirmed I really had won I just could not believe it. I just went silent. I thought initially it was £17k and she had to tell me about three times it was the jackpot and £1.7m. I just didn't believe it was true!
I immediately got my son to call one of the other syndicate members on my mobile to ask her to come round straight away. As soon as I came off the phone I called the other girls and everyone came to my house. There was a mixture of emotions and lots of tears but we soon opened a bottle of champagne - and then celebrated with an Indian takeaway."
They always play six lines and keep the same numbers - birthdays and lucky numbers - and say they have had several small wins previously. Julie always buys the tickets from NL Kiosk in Golden Square, Warrington. The winning line, numbers chosen by Julie, was: 10, 12, 17, 30, 42, 28.
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