Shopworkers win £7.5m Lotto jackpot

MEMBERS of a supermarket lottery syndicate have scooped a massive £7.5 million win after matching all six numbers on the Lotto draw.The 11 lucky winners, who work at Tesco in Sudbury, shared Saturday's £15 million jackpot with one other ticket holder.

MEMBERS of a supermarket lottery syndicate have scooped a massive £7.5 million win after matching all six numbers on the Lotto draw.

The 11 lucky winners, who work at Tesco in Sudbury, shared Saturday's £15 million jackpot with one other ticket holder.

A store spokeswoman last night declined to comment on the win, but confirmed staff at the supermarket did hold a winning ticket.

She added the syndicate members, who are believed to have bought the ticket at the Tesco store where they work, have decided to decline any publicity.

But managers are now left wondering whether the winning ladies, who work mainly as check-out operatives, will decide to keep their jobs or resign as a result of the windfall, which will leave them with nearly £700,000 each.

The win has also caused excitement amongst shoppers, who are hoping Lady Luck will continue to shine over Sudbury.

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“You never think it will happen to you, but I'm sure the winners are over-the-moon,” Tesco customer Hazel Simmonds said yesterday.

“I don't normally take part in the weekly lottery draw, I tend to stick to the scratch cards because they are a lot less hassle, but I think I might start doing both.

“The most I have ever won is £60, but if I did have a big win, I think I would buy a nice house, buy my children's houses, and then treat myself to a world cruise.”

Saturday's jackpot win for the supermarket workers almost exactly mirrors the good fortune of a different set of staff members at a Tesco store in Driffield, in East Yorkshire, who scooped an £18 million fortune in July 2005.

The 11 members of the lottery syndicate, who also bought the winning ticket at the store where they worked, ranged from managers to general assistants.

A spokesman for Camelot, which runs the National Lottery, confirmed there were two tickets that contained all six numbers from Saturday's draw. “The jackpot will be shared out equally between the holders of the two tickets,” he said.

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