Photo 2 - HST syndicate celebrate their win

A syndicate of seven colleagues from Gloucester swapped their paint spraying for champagne spraying last Friday after winning £284,508.40 on EuroMillions.

The syndicate from Hanman Surface Technology (HST), based on Goodridge Avenue in Gloucester, won £284,508.40 in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 18 March, and each player will be taking home an incredible £40,629.77.

This is the first big win for the HST Syndicate which was established by leader Stuart Fawson seven years ago.

Stuart, a sprayer for the company, checked their numbers via the red button on his television on Saturday morning, and couldn’t believe it when he realised they’d matched five numbers and one Lucky Star.

Stuart said: “The first thing that went through my head was that I had to tell everyone. I didn’t have anyone’s phone numbers so I had to go to one of my colleague’s houses to ask him to contact everyone. After that, my phone didn’t stop ringing.

“While we were waiting for Camelot to validate the win, I kept the ticket on me at all times! I don’t know what I would have done if I’d lost it.”

Photo 1 - HST syndicate celebrate their win

Fellow winner Kay Pegler said: “When Stuart rang, he was very quiet and my first thought was that it was going to be bad news. Then when he told me we’d won the Lottery, I couldn’t believe it. I knew it had to be true though because of his voice.”

While Stuart still hasn’t decided what he will be spending his winnings on, a couple of the syndicate are planning to head to New Zealand for the 2017 Lions’ Tour.

Dave Starkey and Michelle Hanman were already saving for the trip of a lifetime when their numbers came up.

Michelle said: “I’m a big rugby fan and I really wanted to go to New Zealand but just didn’t think I’d be able to save enough. Now I can go and not have to worry.”

The syndicate is made up of Stuart Fawson, Phil Tuck, Kay Pegler, Jason Matthews, Michelle Hanman and Lynn and Dave Starkey.

For some, the win is the icing on the cake of an already special year as Stuart turns 50, Lynn 60 and she and her husband Dave celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

The group toasted their win together at their place of work, before heading out into Gloucester to celebrate.

The group plan to continue playing EuroMillions and have already purchased their tickets for the next draw.

The winning ticket was bought at Sainsbury’s Gloucester Quays. The syndicate’s winning EuroMillions numbers were 14, 19, 21, 24 and 49, their Lucky Star was 5. The next EuroMillions jackpot (Tuesday 5 April) is an estimated £37m.

The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like the HST Syndicate, as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, over £34m for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

In the syndicate’s native Gloucester there have been over 620 individual National Lottery grants made to date, funding projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.

In the syndicate’s own back yard, National Lottery funding has helped:

  • Gloucester Academy Trust – The group will use the funding to provide a multi-activities club for disadvantaged children, enabling the beneficiaries to engage in positive activities together to reduce social isolation
  • Gloucestershire Nightstop – a project providing supported emergency and temporary accommodation for 16-25 year olds in Gloucestershire in an attempt to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping for vulnerable young people

For more information on National Lottery funding please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

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