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Lotto win for fleet team

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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.”

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  • Peter Turner - 20/01/2014 10:38

    It goes without saying that the only way to positively guarantee winning the lottery is to get the numbers on your ticket to match the actual drawn numbers...pity it's so hard to know that in advance! Meanwhile, if you're interested, I have my own little just-for-fun page which generates my personal quick pick numbers. As I say, it is strictly just for fun, but you never know your luck! Look out for VillaLibra if you want to see if you can locate it.

  • Rob Chisholm, Applewood Vehicle Finance Ltd - 20/01/2014 10:48

    What a great good news story to start the week with! Proper people getting a slice of luck for a change.

  • Sage & Onion - 20/01/2014 11:28

    Great news but not quite enough to retire on! I can't help wondering that if all six numbers had come up would Anglian Water be looking to recruit for a full fleet department this morning!! That's the danger of syndicates for employers!

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