Nurses scooped £1million Lottery jackpot then went back to work to care for their patients
- Group of nurses from Cleland Hospital in Motherwell landed the £1million prize
- The 15 strong syndicate each pocket more than £66,666 after their win
- Some of the group, whose previous biggest prize was just £12, went back to work
- They are going to splash out on trips to Canada, Sri Lanka, cruises, and new cars
A group of nurses who scooped £1million on the EuroMillions in a syndicate went to work after discovering they had landed the windfall.
Each member pocketed more that £66,666 after one of their lucky tickets matched the game’s UK Millionaire Maker codes.
The syndicate, from Cleland Hospital in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, which specialises in long term care for elderly patients, have been playing together for three years, and their biggest win before was just £12.
June Fraser, who was in charge of checking the tickets each week, said she went on shift after realising they were winners.
She said: ‘I checked the tickets using the National Lottery app on Saturday morning.
The syndicate have been playing together for three years and their previous biggest win was just £12
The syndicate, seen here holding the cheque as they popped a bottle of champagne, are going to splash out on trips Canada, Sri Lanka, cruises, new cars and even a motorbike
‘I scanned the first one and it wasn’t a winner. I actually thought that was the ticket for Friday night’s draw and very nearly didn’t scan the second one as I thought it was for a future draw.
‘When I did and it told me that we’d won £1 million I thought the app must be broken. I couldn’t believe it!
‘My first phone call was to my ward where I managed to get hold of two of the other members who were working.
‘I phoned a few other members but I was just too hyper to call everyone at that point. I still went into work later that afternoon though!’
When June went to work she made sure the lucky ticket came with her by pinning it to the inside of her nurse’s uniform.
The syndicate, from Cleland Hospital in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, which specialises in long term care for elderly patients
Back home on Sunday she hid it under her cutlery drawer to make sure it stayed safe.
The thirteen members of the 15 strong Winning Nurses syndicate who shared their news include Tracey Buckmaster, 29, Catherine Fisher, 54, June Fraser, 58, Helen Gibson, 73, Carol Hamlyn, 59, Gail Harvie, 52, Margaret Hendry, 59, Ravi Joseph, 55, Rosemary McFarlane, 48, Maureen McGarry, 61, Anne McQueen, 57, Grace McSeveney, 62, and Marion Ritchie, 61.
The win means the syndicate members will be able to splash out on everything from trips to Canada, Sri Lanka, cruises, new cars and even a motorbike.
Carol Hamlyn says that it will mean that she can have the retirement she has always dreamed of.
She said: ‘I am due to retire in November and this win will be life-changing for me. I was going to have to keep doing a few shifts but now I have financial security and I can also look after my four children and my three grandchildren.’
But the first thing the lucky winners are spending their money on is a bumper batch of cakes and goodies to treat the staff, patients and families at Cleland Hospital.
The Winning Nurses Syndicate bought their EuroMillions ticket from the Co-op store in Shotts.
Their winning code from the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw on Friday 20 April was ZFCS80189.
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