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Bus drivers win £38 million Lotto jackpot

Each of the 12 bus drivers won £3.1 million Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A syndicate of 12 bus drivers from Corby in Northamptonshire, who won a £38 million EuroMillions jackpot, have told of their joy at winning £3.1 million each.

The bus drivers, who failed to turn up at work the day after scooping the jackpot, spoke to Damon Green about their incredible win.

The bus drivers won a grand total of £38,034, 639.70.

They started their syndicate three years ago and won £212 in 2011.

They plan to spend their money on everything from houses and dream cars to holidays of a lifetime. Each winner has said they want to look after their family, including some who plan to fund further education and pay off debts.

You can follow their celebrations in more detail with ITV Anglia.

The syndicate of bus drivers who won £38 million in the EuroMillions celebrate with champagne. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Charles Gillion, who is 64, is one of the 12 winning bus drivers.

His wife Penelope, who is a retired cleaner, said the couple had been married for 45 years and that the money would be spent on their family of three children, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Penelope described how a fellow syndicate member called at their home with the good news:

The first thing we knew about the win was someone banging on our door at 2am on Saturday morning.

All I know is that it's the perfect retirement present. They all deserve it and all work long shifts.

– Penelope Gillion, wife of lottery winning bus driver Charles
A syndicate of 12 Stagecoach drivers from Corby, Northamptonshire won £38 million. Credit: PA

Syndicate leader Chris Smith revealed they had been facing cuts to their working hours. He said:

"Times have been very tough for everyone, we were facing up to shifts being cut, which can really hit you in the pocket."

"This win means so much and is life-changing for everybody, people can live their dreams and help out their families."

The bus drivers' employer Stagecoach said it had only received one letter of resignation so far.