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14 December 2016, 14:25
Christmas has come early for 16 ventilation workers after they won £1 million in a lottery syndicate.
Each member of the group from MJVentilation in Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross, is to receive £62,500 from the EuroMillions UK millionaire maker on December 2.
The syndicate only started in February buying 16 EuroMillions lucky dip tickets each Friday and they are now looking forward to a "pretty spectacular Christmas and new year''.
Group leader Darren Graham was the one to tell the other players of the win and said everyone reacted differently.
"I nipped into the local Scotmid to check our tickets and the sales adviser said that we'd 'won a substantial amount of money' on one of them,'' the 35-year-old said.
"I asked how much but she couldn't tell me and advised that I phone the claim line.
"I remember having a laugh with her at that point and jokingly saying 'maybe I've won the jackpot' - little did I know.
"I decided to check the results online first to see if I could get any answers. As soon as I saw the matching UK millionaire maker code I realised and it suddenly hit me - we'd just won £1 million.
"Even though I could see it plain as day, I still couldn't, or wouldn't, let myself believe it. I kept second-guessing it and thinking that there was going to be a catch.
"I told the rest of the syndicate members at work on the Monday (December 5) and that's really when it sank in.
"Their reactions were so different, from jumping up and down while screaming, to complete and utter disbelief.
"That was such a special day in the office but I was still getting asked if I was joking at 5pm.''
Mr Graham is planning to put his share towards a new house.
He said: "We've all been on such a high that none of us have really had a chance to think about what we're going to spend our winnings on.
"Personally, I'll definitely be looking into putting a deposit down on a new house.
"`As a group, I think this is going to be a pretty spectacular Christmas and new year - although I don't think the presents under the Christmas tree are going to be nearly as good as this one.''
The syndicate's winning code from the draw was MBHQ82548.