There are 19 staff members at Icom-Scottech Ltd in Kelso that is celebrating after scooping £1m on the lottery.
They will each take home approximately £52,600 from the Lotto draw on Saturday, July 6. The lucky lotto syndicate matched five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball. The winning numbers were 24, 30, 44, 50, 56, 57 and Bonus Ball 9.
Winning lottery syndicate
John Scott, 75, who founded the business in 1994, his wife Kathy, 72, daughter Julie, 49, and son Steven, 45, have each won £52,631 - a whopping £210,524 between them.
The lucky ticket-buyer Carole Colebrook, 52, and her sister Shirley Hogarth, 56, are also now over £50K richer.
In addition, managing director Lee Jackson, 41, and his brother-in-law Adam Davis, 39, brothers-in-law Alistair Renton, 52, and Jim Blain, 65, their nephew Alex Dagg, 29, and Jim’s cousin Marion Brotherton, 58, are also sharing the jackpot.
Other syndicate members who will also get their share of the lotto win are Marion Stewart Wood, 53, Katrine Hope, 53, Diane Robertson, 52, John Mitchell 35, Kareen Renton,58, Deborah Canning, 49, and Evelyn Triebel, 61.
Playing the lottery for just over 20 years
Speaking to lottery officials, the group said that they have been buying weekly tickets for more than 20 years before their big win. The business is a family business, with both the founder and managing director working with family members who are all involved in the syndicate.
Like most lottery winners, the group said that they would be spending their share of the prize on various things such as new cars, exotic holidays, home renovations and, of course, family celebrations.
The syndicate’s leader said, “Our colleague Carol came running into the office on Monday morning clutching our ticket and nearly threw it at me.
"After sharing the news with her sister, she had slept with it under her pillow to keep it safe!
“It was a very emotional moment for everyone and when we gathered the team together you could tell people were worried about what we were going to announce.
"However, when we broke the news, they blew the roof off with cheers.
“We are a very family-orientated business so it’s fantastic to share this with our friends and loved ones. Being a small town, news travels fast but everyone is over the moon for us.
"Our next-door neighbour here is a car dealership and the manager has already paid us a visit with some business cards – he may well get some sales out of this!”
Like all the syndicate members, the leader of the group said that he felt an overwhelming sense of relief when he heard the news. With his wedding just a few months away, the lottery win could not have come at a better time. He said that he was overjoyed that his fiancée could now have her dream wedding.
He added: “Everyone planning a wedding has the stresses and worries of how they are going to pay for everything but that has now disappeared for us.
"We are now planning on a honeymoon in Cyprus where we want to volunteer with a dog sanctuary there.”
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