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$1 M Lotto Win For Dunedin Factory Syndicate

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$1 M Lotto Win For Dunedin Factory Syndicate

A $1 million Lotto First Division prize has been claimed by a syndicate of four factory workers from Dunedin. The four winners are celebrating more than most, as their windfall comes just a few months before they're all made redundant from Fisher & Paykel's Dunedin plant.

The syndicate, called "Three Greedy Old Men and a Pretty Princess", arrived at NZ Lotteries' office in Wellington this morning to claim their million dollar prize.

The excited foursome all agree that their big win couldn't have happened at a better time for them.

"We have been playing the same numbers for about seven years, so we could not believe it when they finally all came up on Saturday night," they said.

One syndicate member, whose turn it was to buy the ticket, was watching the live draw from the couch at her home. "I saw one of our numbers come out, then another two and thought that would be our lot. But then all our numbers came out! I got on the phone straight away to the other members to share the good news. It is just such good timing, with us all about to lose our jobs," she said.

The syndicate have different plans for their winnings, with ideas of paying off mortgages, upgrading their cars, doing some travel or semi-retiring.

"I have hardly slept since winning," one winner said. "It still does not feel real. It is just unbelievable that it could have happened to us at this time," he said.

The foursome all took a day off work today to travel to Wellington to claim their prize, however they will be back clocking on at the factory tomorrow.

"We have also told our workmates - as it would be pretty hard to hide our big grins when we have to go back to Fisher & Paykel," they said.

In March, Fisher & Paykel announced the closure of their Dunedin plant with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

Their winning Lotto First Division ticket was sold at Roslyn Book and Toy Centre in Dunedin.

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