A syndicate of bakers from a supermarket in Chester is celebrating after scooping a £1m Lotto raffle prize.

And their winning ticket lay unchecked for more than a month with the syndicate leader, Cath Batten, only discovering the team of bakers were £1m richer when she went to buy a ticket for the next Lotto draw.

The syndicate of 12, who work at Tesco in Frodsham Street, will each bank £83,333.33.

Cath, from Saltney, said: “I always buy our tickets for the month ahead.

“I had checked our numbers on line but for some reason I had forgotten to check the raffle code.

“I didn’t think it was a winning ticket but when I went to buy the next month of tickets for the syndicate I thought I had better just double check.

“The machine made a funny noise and the shop assistant said to me you need to call Camelot, you must have won more than £500!

“I just could not believe it and all I could think about was how much have we won?”

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Cath, who has been running the ‘One Million Pound Tesco Bakery Syndicate’ for the last six years, added: “I called Camelot to check if this was really a winning ticket and when it was confirmed it was £1m I just went silent. I had to repeatedly ask the lady at the end of the phone to confirm it really was £1m!”

Cath said the joy she felt when she then went to tell the syndicate members they had won the lottery is a moment she will never forget.

She continued: “Telling my friends and colleagues we had won £1m was almost as special as winning the money. This amount of money is just life changing for all of us.

“We are all still trying to take it in and thinking about how we will spend our new found fortune. It still doesn’t seem real for any of us.”

The syndicate all met while working in the bakery at Tesco in Chester. Several of them have gone on to other jobs within the store but still continue to play Lotto together every week.

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Cath, who is married to Steven, said among her first purchases will be a car for her son, Thomas, who is 20, and a deposit for a house for her eldest son, Joseph, 27.

She added: “I think a holiday abroad is also high on the shopping list but looking after my family is my top priority.”

And she says the syndicate has no plans to stop playing now and have already got their tickets for the next four weeks.

Cath said: “We just feel that if ordinary people like us can win, there is no reason we cannot win again. Winning the lottery is just the most amazing feeling ever.”

The syndicate includes: Jennifer Allen, 36, from Chester; Lyn Price, 54, from Saltney; Elaine Clarke, 58 from Chester; Dave Wilcockson, 47, from Blacon; Catherine Temminck, 54, from Upton; Paul Flynn, 34, from Chester; Rebecca Sheridan, 45, from Great Sutton; Nathan Lindop, 28, from Chester; Mike McGovern, 28, from Saltney; Kate Luff, 55 from Blacon and Christine Seymour, 60 from Wirral.

Their win came in the May 7 draw.

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