Friday 15 December 2017

'Dirty Dozen' syndicate toast €2.5m lotto win

Syndicate organiser Alan Smith (centre) with some of the other winners
Syndicate organiser Alan Smith (centre) with some of the other winners
Winners John Walsh & Ann Kavanagh

Blue Mondays will be a thing of the past for the so-called "Dirty Dozen" from Waterford as the workplace syndicate picked up more than €2.5m after winning the National Lottery jackpot.

The group of 12 current and former employees of the Bausch & Lomb contact lens manufacturer in Waterford hired a bus and brought about 40 friends and family with them to celebrate their good fortune as they collected a cheque for €2,578,134 at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin yesterday. Split equally between them, each member of the syndicate will take home just under €215,000.


The pavement outside the Lotto office was soaked with champagne as the syndicate and their supporters sprayed each other with bubbly and passing motorists and pedestrians cheered them on.

"We're the Dirty Dozen because we're now all stinking rich," joked Derek Burke from Waterford city.

He is among the syndicate, calling itself the "RP111 heads" named after the production unit at the factory which has been faithfully buying lotto tickets each week for the past 16 years.

They've been playing the same numbers, which finally paid off last Saturday when 9, 18, 23, 27, 31, 38 and bonus 30 came up.

Although some of the syndicate, aged between 37 and 50, took redundancy from the company previously, they all still socialise together and play the lottery as a group.

None of the workers plan to quit their jobs, but the win will make life much more comfortable for everyone and there will be a new spring in their steps when they report for work on Monday.

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