Following this victory, their lecturer quipped they should start their own syndicate. Duly setting it up, they began playing together. The trio are now celebrating their win following the EuroMillions European Millionaire Maker draw on February 3.
Leader of the syndicate, Alex, told the Mirror their current careers were all down to apprenticeships, hence the name of their group, The Apprentices.
He said: “We’ve all got good careers thanks to our apprenticeships through the college but looking at my bank account now, it does feel that our lecturer’s advice to create a National Lottery syndicate might have been some of the soundest.”
Alex added he only found out about the win the following morning after receiving an email about his victory. Initially, he thought he’d won just £2.40, but further scrolling revealed he had in fact won £1 million.
Alex said: “Alongside my day job, I manage a band – Ratoon – so I was just about to head to Cardiff when my mate’s dad told me about the special EuroMillions draw.
“I thought it had to be worth a go so bought a few EuroMillions Lucky Dip tickets using the National Lottery app, some for me and some for the syndicate.
“I went off to Cardiff and thought nothing more until the following morning when I was watching TV in bed, waiting for our little one to get up, and idly scrolling on my phone. I saw a ‘news about your ticket’ email and logged in only to see a win of £2.40.
“Feeling a bit disappointed that was all I’d won, I scrolled down to our syndicate tickets where my disappointment immediately stopped because I saw £1,000, then looked again and saw it was actually £1,000,0000. I was stunned, to put it mildly.”
After sharing the news with his partner, he told his fellow syndicate members through their WhatsApp group.
Dan recalled the moment he found out: “Usually when he buys tickets Alex puts it on our WhatsApp group so the boys know what draw we’re in, on this occasion he hadn’t so when the phone went I assumed he was just arranging a catch-up.
“Not that I don’t like catching up with the boys, but discovering I’d won a share of £1,000,000 was even better news.”
Following the victory, the Apprentices have been celebrating and started to make plans for the future.
Alex said the victory “couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us”. He explained: “We’re all starting to settle down and make long-term plans for the future, a bit different to how we were when we set up the syndicate, that’s for sure!”
As well as treats for themselves, the trio also plan to make investments to secure their long-term financial futures.
Their winning code EuroMillions European Millionaire Maker code was VHX98305.
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