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Welsh Syndicate Celebrates

Last Updated: Thursday 15th June 2006, 16:06 pm

A syndicate of ten glass workers from Wales are celebrating after matching five numbers plus the bonus ball to win themselves a whopping £154,026. The workers, who are all colleagues at the Vizor Tempered Glass factory in Port Talbot, call themselves "The Weekend Shift" and they struck it lucky on 20 May.

The organiser of the syndicate is Fred Dickinson, 57, but he wasn't the first to notice the win by any means. Instead, the news was brought to his home by several other syndicate members - along with a crate of beer to get the celebrations underway.

"I couldn't believe it," Fred said. "I went upstairs to get the ticket, which was in a shoe box for safe keeping. Once I had seen the winning numbers myself it really started to sink in."

After kicking off their celebrations with a few beers, the syndicate treated themselves to a meal in Port Talbot and discussed how individual members might spend their share of the winnings. Fred, who lives with his wife Julie and their sons Sean, 21, and Nathan, 16, has a pretty clear idea of where his slice of the money will go.

"I'll definitely be looking for a holiday somewhere hot," he said. "Nathan has already asked for the new X Box, but we will probably invest the majority of the money. The extra money will give us real financial security, and peace of mind. The whole group is amazed we won, and we will definitely keep playing every week."

The Lotto line which The Weekend Shift syndicate won with consisted of randomly selected numbers. Which goes to prove that you don't need to do much more than buy a lucky dip ticket to stand the chance of celebrating a smashing win. Just ask the Port Talbot glass workers!


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