Cash counting colleagues win the Lottery!

The office syndicate from Talaris Engineering celebrating a �128,868  win on Saturday's Lotto draw.
The office syndicate from Talaris Engineering celebrating a �128,868 win on Saturday's Lotto draw.
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STAFF at a Waterlooville firm which makes cash counting machines have scooped their own pile of dosh in the National Lottery.

All 29 people who work at Talaris are in the syndicate and clocked up five numbers and the bonus call to win £126,696, plus another £2,172 in other lines in Saturday night’s draw.

Amazingly they have only been in the syndicate for three months and now each is £4,400 better off.

Syndicate leader Paul Dadnell, 53, a mechanical designer at the firm, in Waterlooville, was one of the first to discover the win.

He said; ‘My wife was out to dinner on Saturday night so I was settling down to a quiet evening in with the paper.

‘I had the telly on and as they started to draw the numbers I was half listening but once I twigged we had two of the numbers I put the paper down and started to pay a lot more attention. Imagine my surprise when our numbers matched three, four and five, and then the bonus ball.

‘I contacted a few of the syndicate members to share the good news but to be honest we were all flabbergasted!’

All 29 were presented with their cash at a ceremony at the office yesterday and will be spending the money on holidays, cars and new kitchens.

They have put the rest of the money - £1,268 - back into the syndicate pot which will be used to play some of the bigger Rollover jackpots.