A syndicate at West Suffolk College have struck gold winning a life-changing £1 million on the Lotto millionaire raffle.
The 20 team members, who all work in the college’s Construction and Building Services department, will each take home a £50,000 share of the pot.
But Martin Cribb, who has handled the group’s lotto kitty for the past three years, said a crumpled ticket could have cost them their big prize.
He said: “I buy our tickets every month keeping them at home while I check the numbers, I tend to leave the Raffle code checking until the end of the month.
“On this occasion when I took the tickets to be checked one of them became crumpled in the machine and the shopkeeper said we’d need to ring Camelot to verify the details of the ticket as the machine couldn’t read it.
“Thinking it was a bit of faff I took it home and left it on the side in the kitchen.”
Martin’s wife took the ticket to the supermarket a few days later to see its Lotto machine would have better luck.
“I was at work when Sarah rang and said I needed to check the details of our raffle tickets on line.
“I was a bit short with her – I was in the middle of finishing up some grouting at work and didn’t want it ruined – so didn’t call her back and check the details until my work was finished.
“Going back to my desk and logging onto national-lottery.co.uk I filled in the code and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, £1 million.”
After discovering the group, known as The Milburn Centre Syndicate, had won big Martin held his nerve, keeping the news to himself until it had been fully confirmed.
“I can honestly say letting such a great bunch of people know that we’d won was just the best experience, it’s almost better than having £50,000 in my bank account,” he said.
Many of the group plan to put the money towards paying off their mortgages.
Others look to give their gardens a makeover, make investments for their children and take trips abroad.
For every Lotto line played, players automatically receive a randomly generated Lotto Millionaire Raffle ticket - one ticket wins a million with 20 winning £20,000 in each draw.