A syndicate of 25 nurses and staff from Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy received an early Christmas present when it scooped £126,530 in the Lotto draw.
The lucky co-workers matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the draw on Wednesday, December 10, to net a festive treat of £5061 each – just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping.
Syndicate leader and nurse practitioner Shirley Brader (51) discovered they had won when she checked her tickets with a local retailer.
She said: “We bought three Lucky Dips for the Wednesday Lotto draw and also for the EuroMillions draw on the Tuesday that week.
“On Thursday I remembered that I hadn’t checked the numbers and went into my local shop. When the shopkeeper scanned the winning ticket all he could say was ‘You’re going to be rich!’”
“I came straight home and phoned the National Lottery Line.
“ When it was confirmed we had won I phoned the ward and asked them to spread the good news.
“We got lucky with one of our EuroMillions lines too and won £3.20!”
The syndicate has been running for 18 years and although people have come and gone, Shirley has been part of it since the very beginning.
“We buy seven Lotto lines every week and some Euro Millions Lucky Dips,” she continued.
“The most we have ever won before was just over £1000. We normally save up our winnings until we reach £2500 and then give every member £100.
“We’ve been able to do this twice before.
“It’s great to get a boost like this right before Christmas. Some of the girls have talked about using the money for holidays, putting towards a new car or sprucing up their houses.
“One thing they will be using it for is more lottery tickets. We’ve all agreed that £52 will be taken off everyone’s winning to pay for next year’s syndicate!”
The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like the Victoria Hospital syndicate as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £33m for National Lottery-funded projects every week.
In Fife alone there have been over 2700 individual National Lottery grants made to date, funding projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
In the syndicate’s own back yard of Fife, funding has helped Kirkcaldy Community Radio purchase studio equipment to launch a new community station, and Kirkcaldy YMCA fund a project to support young people who are at risk of offending or who have already offended.