The East Anglian Daily Times is reporting that teachers and support staff at a Suffolk school enjoyed the perfect start to their half term holidays – a £1million lottery win…
The 23-strong syndicate from Brooklands Primary School in Brantham were said to have let out whoops of joy when they learned their numbers had come up on the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle selection on Tuesday, October 21.
Each member will receive £43,478.26 and are said to be still reeling from their success.
School secretary and syndicate leader Helju Cross, 52, explained how news of the win slowly dawned on her…
“It was a complete farce,” she said,
“Every time I tried to check the numbers something else would happen so it wasn’t until I was in the car with my mother I could safely see what we had won.
“I was mortified when I saw the numbers didn’t match until I moved to the Millionaire Raffle selection and saw that the very first ticket had exactly the same combination.
“It was unbelievable but I just sat there mute because I thought it unwise to tell my elderly mother I’d won a share of a million pounds while she was behind the wheel!”
Having verified the win, Ms Cross immediately texted her colleagues at Brooklands Primary School and word quickly spread amongst the tight-knit team that they were in the money
By the time she arrived later in the afternoon with the winning ticket safely tucked in her handbag, confirming she had spoken to Camelot, the teachers and support staff let out whoops of joy.
Headteacher, Christine Davy, 36, said: “When Helju arrived, about 4.45pm, and said that Camelot had confirmed the win, there was plenty of shrieking.
“I think we actually gave our more boisterous Year 6 a run for their money! Since then it’s just been great. We are a really close, happy, hardworking team and being able to share this experience together has been the icing on the cake.”
For many, the money means exciting, and in some cases exotic, family holidays with destinations including Australia, Bali and Italy…
Great news for this team… but what do you think might have happened if there had been another zero on their winnings? If all the members of a school’s staff won, say, £5m each in a lottery, would they carry on running the school? Would you? There could be a film written about that…
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