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Supermarket staff sweep up £500,000 lottery win

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

The jubilant syndicate from the Penzance Co-Op store, who have won a huge pay-out in the Thunderball draw – giving them £31,250 each

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It was a champagne moment for the staff of a Penzance supermarket who have celebrated scooping a £500,000 lottery win.

The syndicate from the Market Jew Street Co-Op store won the pay-out in the Thunderball draw last month which will mean they will each get £31,250.

However though many members of the group said they would be booking holidays and looking forward to a bumper Christmas, none were planning to give up work.

Wendy Uren, who has been a syndicate member ever since starting work at the store seven years ago, said the win came at the perfect time.

"I was recently able to pay off my mortgage when I got my pension a few months ago," she said.

"Now I can finish off refurbishing the inside of the house and treat my four daughters and grandchildren. I might even buy myself a TV for the bedroom."

Daniel Symons, 26, has recently earned promotion and a move to his home town store in Hayle and was due to be leaving on the day of big win.

"It's a great leaving present," he said.

"I'm going to take the kids to Disneyland at Christmas and I'll probably buy my wife a car."

Head of the syndicate is Colin Coombs, who said he turned white with shock when he saw the winning line and now hopes that Lady Luck will strike twice.

"I'm carrying on running the syndicate and since the win we've got an extra eight members," he said.

Store manager and syndicate member Stephen Badcock, said: "Everyone's staying on and no one has handed in their notice. I think it shows that people work here for love as well as the money."

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