Syndicate pumped up after National Lottery win

Monday January 31st 2011

A lottery syndicate made up of workers from a filling station in Scotland are celebrating after scooping £146,658 on last Wednesday’s National Lottery draw. Staff at the Road to the Isles petrol station in Fort William told lottery organisers they have been playing for a year with the same numbers and before last night had never won more than £55. The syndicate’s luck changed last Wednesday however when they decided to buy lottery tickets for the UK’s Lotto draw.

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Station manger and syndicate leader Kathryn Masson and her fiancé Ian Edgar will share the winnings with colleagues Linda MacKinnon, Irene Swinbank and Kerry Griffin. Each is to receive just under £30,000.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing. Miss Masson said she had a small moment of panic when lottery officials arrived to validate the ticket but the company safe initially refused to open.

Kathryn said: “It’s nice to know everyone can clear their debts, have a nice holiday or a new kitchen then save a little nest egg. It’s brilliant for Linda especially as she’s expecting a baby so it takes the pressure off.”

The filling station employees are the second Scottish lottery syndicate to win big in the past few weeks. On December 11, the team at Graham’s Pulmbers’ Merchants in Galashiels won over £927,000.

Written by Peter Kirkham

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