Esperance syndicate celebrate million dollar win
An 11 member work syndicate from Esperance have come forward to claim their weekend Division One prize of over $1 million from the Saturday Lotto draw.
The group have been playing the syndicate for the past four years, with each member contributing $2 a week.
Two of the syndicate members, a married couple, flew into Perth this week to claim the new million dollar fortune on behalf of the other syndicate members.
"We always thought if you won Division One Lotto, why would you want to share it? But sharing it with our work colleagues who are also our close friends has been wonderful. The best part has been celebrating the exciting news together," they said.
The couple said celebrations started on the Saturday night, after they watched the live telecast and realised their syndicate had the winning ticket.
"It took me two phone calls to each of the syndicate members to convince them that we had won. They simply didn't believe me, with one member even telling me to get lost," the man said.
"Once everyone realised I wasn't joking, they all came around to our house and we started celebrating straight away. There was screaming, hugging, laughter, beer and bubbles."
The syndicate, who purchased their winning Slikpik 18 ticket from Esperance Lottery Centre & News, were one of two Western Australian winners from the weekend's draw.
"Buying a new television, spa and building a patio are on our spending list. Plans for other members include paying off mortgages, helping children out and making investments," the couple said.
"Holidays were not really on anyone's list as we all love Esperance to much. Living here is like being on holiday!"
Lotterywest is still waiting to hear from the weekend's other Division One winner. The winning ticket was sold at Hampton Road Lottery Centre & News in South Fremantle.
Lotto winners are not the only ones who benefit from Lotterywest games; 33 cents in every dollar spent is returned to Western Australian health, sports, the arts and a large number of charitable and community organisations.
This year Esperance Community Arts benefited from a $4,157 Lotterywest grant to help purchase equipment for the centre.
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