A group of 12 bus drivers has been revealed as the winner of last Friday’s £38 million EuroMillions jackpot.
The drivers were woken in the early hours of Saturday morning to be told they had each won a share of just over £3 million of the EuroMilllions prize, The Telegraph reported.
Employers Stagecoach said despite Twitter rumours that one of them had walked off a bus, the company expected services in the Northamptonshire town of Corby to run as normal as none of the men had handed in their notice.
However one of the lucky winners, Charles Connor, 40, has already said he would not go back to the “horrendous” job of driving a bus.
Mr Connor said he would use his winnings to go back to school, join a golf club and buy his family a car – although “nothing flash” – for the first time in four years.
He added that he finished his education at 16 and wanted to learn maths and another language.
Another winner, 49-year-old John Noakes, told a newspaper: “It’s going to take a few days to sink in.”
Stephen Derrick, 53, received a call about his windfall while asleep at home with his wife Fernanda. The couple initially thought it was a dream and stayed awake all night with excitement and anticipation.
Mrs Derrick, a business manager, said: “I am still in shock. We are still going to carry on as normal. It is not going to change us, we are not going mad.”
The couple, who have been married for 17 years, have two sons, aged 16 and 20, and one grandchild.
Mrs Derrick said she expected they would use some of their winnings for the “usual things” such as holidays abroad, a new car, and paying off the mortgage and moving house.
But their plans for the rest of their winnings were still “up in the air” and Mr Derrick has not decided whether or not to quit his job.
Mrs Derrick said all the friends she had spoken to about the win had been happy for her, but there were claims of bad feelings among colleagues of the bus drivers who were not part of the lottery-winning group.
Other members of the winning syndicate were named as: Charlie Gillion, 64, Ally Spence, Alex Robertson, 57, Gary Symington, 36 and Dave Mead.
A Stagecoach spokeswoman declined to comment on the syndicate’s win but denied rumours claiming any of the drivers had left midway through a shift on Friday.
She said: “We have not had a letter of resignation from any drivers at Corby depot. Services will be running as normal.”
The win marks the fifth time in a row that UK ticket holders have scooped a EuroMillions jackpot.View Comments