Lottery Syndicate Winners
There have been many big syndicate winners on National Lottery games, with around one in five prizes thought to go to groups. By partnering with other players, you can buy multiple tickets, keep individual costs down and share in all the excitement if you do win a large prize together. Check out the stories behind some lottery syndicate winners.
Prize: £18.2 Million
Date: 23rd July 2005
Syndicate: 11 Tesco workers
A syndicate of 11 Tesco workers from Driffield in East Yorkshire struck the Lotto jackpot in July 2005 when one of their 13 lines matched all six main numbers. They scooped a total of £18.2 million, which worked out at £1.4 million each for nine of the participants and £2.8 million each for two members because they held additional shares.
Prize: £2.9 Million
Date: 1st November 2014
Syndicate: Five friends
A group of Stalybridge friends got their hands on one of the three jackpot-winning tickets for the Lotto draw on 1st November 2014. The syndicate of five’s strategy was to play a line each a week, plus an extra line made up of numbers selected by all of them, and it was this extra selection which landed them £2.9 million. Each member was rewarded with £590,060.
Prize: £10 Million
Date: 27th January 1996
Syndicate: 33 Camden Council staff
The jackpot was worth more than £40 million for this big draw in the early days of the National Lottery and four winning tickets matched all the numbers. One belonged to a syndicate of 33 council staff in the London Borough of Camden. Each member of the group – which consisted of 27 women and six men - pocketed £303,000, but they all turned up for work on the Monday morning as they remained committed to the job.
Prize: £152 Million
Date: 19th February 2019
Syndicate: Dublin family syndicate
A large Irish family had cause for celebration in February 2019, after their family syndicate won a jackpot worth €175 million (£152 million). Kathleen and Charlie Sheridan were the lucky recipients of the nine-figure windfall, along with their children and other family members. It was the biggest lottery prize ever won in Ireland, and they described it as "a dream come true."
Prize: £61 Million
Date: 29th July 2016
Syndicate: Five family members
A family syndicate from Monmouth won £61.1 million on Friday 29th July 2016. Sonia Davies shared the prize with her partner Keith, her daughters Courtney and Stephanie, and Stephanie's other half Steve. Sonia had just received the all clear following an operation on a tumour and the family bought the ticket as they were convinced they were "on a winning streak".
Prize: £45 Million
Date: 6th November 2009
Syndicate: Seven office workers
A syndicate of seven office workers from Merseyside came to be dubbed ‘the Magnificent Seven’ in November 2009 after netting half of a £91 million EuroMillions jackpot. At the time this was the UK’s biggest-ever lottery prize and each member of the group instantly became £6.5 million richer after the £45.5 million was divided among the group.
Date: 28th May 2016
Syndicate: Durham family syndicate
Walter Knowles, his son Gary and two daughters, Christina and Joanna, landed the Thunderball jackpot in May 2016 and claimed the money as the WGCJ Family Syndicate. They played in memory of Walter’s wife and the children’s mother, Eva, who had died a year earlier. It was revealed that Walter had dreamt the night before their win that the family were about to become rich.