Corby bus drivers get £38m Euromillions jackpot cheque

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Media captionChris Smith, syndicate leader: ''By 1am I had 11 drivers in my house"

A group of bus drivers from Northamptonshire who won Friday's Euromillions jackpot have been given their £38m cheque.

The 12 Stagecoach employees from Corby said the "life changing" win had come as they had faced cuts in their workplace.

The colleagues won a jackpot of £38,034,639.70, which leaves them with just over £3,169,553 each.

Syndicate leader Chris Smith said: "I am happy we have all won together."

Mr Smith, 34, said the group always entered the same numbers into the draw every week since starting the syndicate three years ago.

Putting in £2 a week, the group won a total of £212 last year.

Mr Smith said he could not believe it when the group's numbers came up.

'One winning ticket'

"On Friday my partner checked half our numbers and I checked the other half," he said.

"She just passed the winning ticket over and paused the TV on the numbers.

"We kept looking at it and passing it between each other about four or five times. We couldn't really believe that they all matched."

As news spread of the group's win, Mr Smith said most of the syndicate winners had arrived at his house to check the winning numbers for themselves.

"By 1am, my house was full of bus drivers and their partners all drinking tea," he said.

"It wasn't until the early hours that we realised it was just one winning ticket."

'Live their dreams'

None of the syndicate arrived for work on Saturday and some have since said they do not plan to return.

"Times have been very tough for everyone," Mr Smith said.

"We were facing up to shifts being cut which can really hit you in the pocket.

"This win means so much and is life-changing for everybody - people can live their dreams and help out their families.

"This couldn't have happened to a better bunch of blokes.

"We are all friends as well as colleagues and I am happy that we have all won together."

The 11 members of the syndicate who arrived to collect their winnings are; Chris Smith, 34, John Noakes, 49, Stephen Derrick, 53, Dave Mead, 54, Charlie Gillion, 65, Jim Patton, 55, Neil Tayton, 58, Alex Robertson, 57, Ally Spence, 57, Charlie Connor, 40 and Derek Wilson, 51.

The 12th winner did not want publicity.

They had served between three and 20 years with the company.

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