Whenever their boss at the Vita Sheet Group factory in Newbridge asks his employees who is responsible for a bit of work, the response has always been the same: “I know the boy”.
Now ten co-workers at the plant will all be well-known after their syndicate scooped an £85,054.40 lottery prize, matching five numbers in the EuroMillions draw last Friday.
I sent all the members a text to let them know, but they thought I was winding them upAlan Graham
The friends will share £8505.44 each – not enough to pack in the job, but a tidy sum to keep everyone smiling as they continue to pull pranks on their boss.
Explaining why they had named themselves the “I know the boy” syndicate, group leader Alan Graham, 52, said: “When we’re at work the boss often asks who did what and we always respond with ‘I know the boy that did that’, it’s a silly joke but it always makes us laugh so we thought it made the perfect syndicate name – we can now say ‘we know the boys who won the lottery!’.”
The syndicate have been playing the lottery for the past ten years, never winning anything bigger than the odd small prize until now.
The group are putting their luck down to Mr Graham’s wife. He said: “My wife always buys our ticket in the same shop in Livingston every week but she bought this ticket in West Calder.
“Changing her routine has won us a fortune so I suppose I better spoil her rotten with my winnings.
“I set up the syndicate and a couple of people have come and gone over the years, but most of the members have stayed the same.
“I sent all the members a text message to let them know, but at first they thought I was winding them up.
“However, they soon realised this was no joke and we had actually won. It was such a great feeling to be able to share the news and we have already been out celebrating together.”
Mr Graham said he already has a widescreen TV picked out to buy with his winnings, and fellow syndicate members Andy Gibson, 46, Colin Campbell-Robertson, 51, and John McTinn, 41, will be joining him on May 30 to watch the Scottish Cup Final between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk. Mr Graham and his wife also plan to go on a luxury holiday in October.
He said: “It’s been so much fun celebrating together and I will even have the boys round next week to watch the Cup Final on my new TV.
“This win will make such a difference to so many people, we all couldn’t be happier. We will definitely continue playing and I’ll make sure my wife keeps going back to West Calder for the tickets!”