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Shock for pub lottery syndicate after £25 win was actually £20,000

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

DEGM20140616B-002_C.JPG DEGM20140616B-002_C.JPG Picture by: Geoff Merryweather The Seven Wells Pub, Heage Lane, Etwall - Staff at the pub have had a lottery syndicate since january and discovered today they had won £20,000 between the 13 members Picture

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STAFF at pub in South Derbyshire are celebrating after finding out what they thought was a £25 lottery win was in fact a £20,000 scoop.

The 13 winners at the Seven Wells pub, in Etwall, cracked open the champagne when they found out they had won the raffle prize on their ticket from Saturday, June 7.

Manager Fred Pruden went to the village’s Londis shop to pick up £25 after winning a line on Saturday’s ticket, only to be told their prize was too high to be paid out.

He returned to the Heage Lane pub and, together with his wife, Rachael, and supervisor Fran Argyle, logged on to the computer to discover they had in fact won £20,000.

Fred, 52, said: “When Fran told me we had won that amount, I said ‘oh my God’. I was shocked but we’re all really chuffed. You don’t hear of people winning the raffle and we’ve never bothered checking before.

“We rang our staff to tell them and a couple were still in bed. When they rang back they thought we were pulling their legs.

“It’s a lot of money to some of them who aren’t on massive wages.”

Fred and his wife are separate members of the syndicate which they set up in January, and so will be getting a “double share”.

“I will probably treat myself to something at the airport when I fly to Egypt in two weeks’ time,” said Fred.

Fran, 22, of Hilton, said she was totally shocked when she saw they had won thousands.

“We just didn’t believe it and we just went a bit mad,” she said.

Charnee Smith, 21, from Willington, who has been working at the pub for five years, said: “It took a while to sink in but I’m over the moon now.”

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