A WEARSIDE woman is all smiles today after her syndicate scooped more than £117,000 on the National Lottery.
The five members all share £23,500 each after their numbers came up on Saturday, October 27.
They call their syndicate Making Us Smile and only formed it at the end of September.
Syndicate leader Debbie Stein, from Fulwell in Sunderland, set up the group – and is now looking forward to splashing the cash.
The 27-year-old said: “I only suggested we start the syndicate in September and we played our first line on Saturday, September 29.
“I’m planning on paying off the outstanding balance on my convertible Beetle car, give my family and friends money, and go on a cruise with my mum and to Las Vegas with my boyfriend. I’m also planning a trip to New Zealand for my 30th birthday in 2015!”
The lucky syndicate all work as response and maintenance planners for Mears, a housing maintenance company in Team Valley in Gateshead.
They play the same five lines every Wednesday and Saturday with three picking their own number and two going for luckly dips.
And it was the lucky dip numbers that brought them their fortune after buying the winning ticket from a Sunderland newsagent.
Debbie added: “As I checked the numbers I mentioned to the others that we’d got three numbers, then I said we’d got four, then I was like, you won’t believe it but we’ve got five and then I realised we had the bonus ball too!
“The others said the colour just drained from my face.
“I then asked Sue, then Sam to check the numbers to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind. I then contacted the National Lottery Line and gave them the numbers and they confirmed that we’d won.”
Debbie kept the ticket safely in her purse, which didn’t leave her side even when she went to bed, until a representative from Camelot arrived the next day to confirm that they’d each won £23,500 each.
All members of the syndicate said they were looking forward to spending their winnings and treating themselves. One is getting married in Turkey in 2014 and is planning to put some money towards the wedding as well as pay off the outstanding balance on her car while another is putting his away for his impending retirement.