Factory Lotto winners back at work

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Five machine operators who scooped a £2.9 million Lotto win say they have no plans to quit their jobs.

Each of them was back at work in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, this week following their windfall in Saturday’s triple rollover Lotto draw.

Gary Smith, leader of the syndicate based at John Hargreaves Paper Mill Operators, said: ” We were all back at work straight away due to the workload.

“The company is quite short-staffed at the moment so we didn’t want to just take time off or walk away because of our win.

“I have worked at the mill for 26 years and have a real close affinity with the company. None of us have any plans to give up work, plus we are really busy at the moment.

“We are all close friends in addition to being work colleagues. Despite one of the syndicate members being retired he has continued to pay in. We are all really close.”

Nick Hargreaves, the firm’s operations director, said: “I am absolutely delighted for the syndicate. They have a combined loyalty to this company of more than 100 years.

“They are a fantastic team of workers and I am obviously really pleased they have decided to continue to work and not leave the factory. They are a key part of our success story and a part of the family.”

Mr Smith and fellow syndicate members David King, Andrew Howard, Peter Howard and Phillip Mellon have each banked £590,000 from their share of Saturday’s £8.8 million jackpot.

Their winning numbers were 3, 5, 9, 28, 35 and 47.

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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