Kelso Syndicate ‘Sparks’ Success with £1,000,000 Lotto Win
It’s a true family affair for a syndicate of 19 staff from Icom-Scottech Ltd in Kelso who are celebrating winning £1,000,000 in the Lotto draw on Saturday 6 July.
Thrilled members of the ‘Icom-Scottech Ltd syndicate’, many of whom are related, will take home over £52,600 each after matching five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball.
The business, which manufactures electronic components and circuit boards for various industries, will see members of four different families sharing the win.
John Scott, who founded the business in 1994, his wife Kathy, daughter Julie and son Steven, are all individual members and have each won £52,631 – a whopping £210,524 between them!
The lucky ticket-buyer Carole Colebrook and her sister Shirley Hogarth are also now over £50K richer. In addition, managing director Lee Jackson and his brother-in-law Adam Davis, brothers-in-law Alistair Renton and Jim Blain, their nephew Alex Dagg, and Jim’s cousin Marion Brotherton are also sharing the jackpot.
The syndicate has been buying weekly tickets for over 20 years and members are already having a great time planning what they would like to spend their winnings on, with new cars, exotic holidays, home renovations and, of course, family celebrations some of the first things to tick off the list.
The 19 members of the Icom-Scottech syndicate who have opted to share their news are: Lee Jackson (41), Carole Anne Colebrook (52), Julie Dunkley (49), Marion Stewart Wood (53), Katrine Hope (53), Diane Robertson (52), Alistair Renton (52), Adam Davis (39), John Mitchell (35), Shirley Hogarth (56), Kareen Renton (58), Marion Brotherston (58), Alex Dagg (29), Deborah Canning (49), Evelyn Triebel (61), James Blain (65), Steven Scott (45), Katherine Scott (72) and John Scott (75)
Syndicate leader Lee said: “Our colleague Carol came running into the office on Monday morning clutching our ticket and nearly threw it at me. After sharing the news with her sister, she had slept with it under her pillow to keep it safe!
“It was a very emotional moment for everyone and when we gathered the team together you could tell people were worried what we were going to announce. However, when we broke the news, they blew the roof off with cheers.
“We are a very family-orientated business so it’s fantastic to share this with our friends and loved ones. Being a small town, news travels fast but everyone is over the moon for us. Our next-door neighbour here is a car dealership and the manager has already paid us a visit with some business cards – he may well get some sales out of this!”
Lee felt an overwhelming sense of relief when he heard the news as his wedding to fiancé Karen is just a few months away. The win now means they can plan the day of their dreams: “Everyone planning a wedding has the stresses and worries of how they are going to pay for everything but that has now disappeared for us. We are now planning on a honeymoon in Cyprus where we want to volunteer with a dog sanctuary there.”
But first on the agenda for the winners was a celebratory drink at the Ednam Hotel.
The Icom-Scottech Ltd syndicate bought their winning Lotto ticket from Asda in Galashiels. The syndicate’s winning numbers for the draw on 6 July were 24, 30, 44, 50, 56, 57 and Bonus Ball 9.
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