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Waterford nurses and hospital staff win €500k in EuroMillions syndicate

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A GROUP OF nine nurses and clerical staff at University Hospital Waterford had some much-needed good luck this month, wining €500,000 in the EuroMillions on 3 June.

The group, which would like to remain anonymous, collected the prize today.

The syndicate is made up of nine women, all aged in their 30s and 40s, who have been playing together for five years.

They will each receive €55,555.55.

“I was at my mother-in-law’s for dinner last week and she said there’d been a big win locally.  I hadn’t played myself and thought we might have been in with the work syndicate, but didn’t think much more of it,” one of the happy winners said today as she drank champagne.

“The next day we checked the results on our phones, and the numbers all matched – we couldn’t believe it!  So we ran to the shop and put it under the scanner and it said ‘Contact the National Lottery’. We asked for the results in the shop too – we checked it every way we could.”

One of their children was curious about how the money would be paid.

“My little one asked if it was coins or paper money I’d won,” one of the ladies explained, while another said her two-year-old reacted with the phrase: “On the ball Mam.”

“To us it’s like winning a million each. I plan to save some and will take my little boy to Disneyland when he is older,” said one of the women, while another said her winnings will be put to good use as she is getting married in a few months.

“I hadn’t gotten around to booking the honeymoon… now we can have the honeymoon of a lifetime.”

The syndicate bought their ticket in Ardkeen Superstores on the Dunmore Road in Waterford.  The shop is doing something right as it also sold a EuroMillions jackpot winning ticket worth €12.8 million in September 2013.

More: Couple claim €12m lotto jackpot, and unsurprisingly are absolutely delighted

Read: A couple lost their $50mn lotto ticket after going to church. It was found three months later.

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