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Jersey finance syndicate wins £1.16m Christmas Lottery

image copyrightCharlie Petulla
image captionSyndicate member Charlie Petulla said winning the Christmas Lottery was "surreal"

The top jackpot of £1,161,750 in the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has been scooped by a syndicate of 30 finance workers from Jersey.

The colleagues from Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) have each won more than £38,000.

Second and third prizes of £100,000 and £25,000 have been awarded to ticket holders in Guernsey.

Winner Charlie Petulla, 21, who is also a football coach for Jersey's women's team, said: "It is just ridiculous."

Mr Petulla said: "I'd just got to work and everyone just ran up and jumped on me, screaming that they'd won the million.

"I've never seen everyone so happy to come to work, everyone was just crying with joy."

The prize is the second highest amount ever won with the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.

image captionProceeds from the lottery are distributed to charitable projects in Jersey and Guernsey by the islands' charity associations

Mike Jeacock, chief executive of JFSC, said: "It's mostly our junior members of staff so this money they're earning is over a year's salary for most people."

Mr Petulla said he wanted to save the money, and "maybe look to buy a deposit on a flat or a house".

Last year a record jackpot of £1,220,000 was won by a syndicate of caretakers and kitchen staff at Acorn House in Guernsey, while the prize in 2013 was scooped by an anonymous person in Jersey.

The Channel Islands Christmas Lottery was established in 1976, and proceeds from ticket sales have been split between charities in Jersey and Guernsey since 1986.

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