A fleet team is celebrating after winning tens of thousands of pounds on the National Lottery.
The seven members of Anglian Water’s plant and transport team in Peterborough, pocketed a total of £84,798 when they matched five numbers and a bonus ball on December 28.
The win came just weeks after the team ditched their regular numbers in preference of a lucky dip selection.
Dave Leggett, Gill Cox, Stewart Burton, Nigel Allen, Ian Webster, John Harding and Danny James picked up £12,114 each with the lucky ticket.
Fleet manager and syndicate leader Allen told the Peterborough Telegraph: “We keep our syndicate winnings in a little cashbox in the office. Our change to lucky dips was already making a difference and the tin was looking quite full with about £75 of winnings accumulated for future draws. I don’t think we could squeeze £84,798 into the tin.”
As syndicate leader Allen buys and checks the tickets. He said: “I’d been out with my family all day and before settling down for the evening I decided to have a quick look at the numbers online.
“I worked my way through the six lines with just the odd number matching here and there but when I started on the seventh line I could see we were matching each of the numbers, and then one of the bonus balls.
“We’ve won four numbers before so I thought we were looking at a very welcome few hundred. When I realised quite how much we had won I was speechless.”
The team is now considering how to spend their winnings, with some members planning foreign holidays to New Zealand and Africa, according to the report in the local newspaper.
Allen added: “We’ve always played believing that we will have a few wins here and there, and I guess enjoyed the excitement and camaraderie of being part of the dream together.
“But, while I thought we’d have the odd £100, I really never believed we would win quite this big. It’s blinking magic.”