A syndicate of 19 shift-workers in Teesside are celebrating after sharing a one million pound lottery win.
The group from Sabic UK Petrochemicals at Wilton, will each take away £52,631.59 after they won one of 25 EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prizes on New Year's Day.
Many workers were on the night shift when Andy Oates, one of the syndicate leaders, checked their lucky dip tickets and found they had won.
He waited until fellow syndicate leader David Byers had finished his shift the next day before ringing him to tell him the news, and warning him to sit down.
– Andy Oates
"I know it's cliched but I just couldn't believe it.
I was desperate to tell Dave first but I knew he was working and he wouldn't be able to keep it to himself."
– David Byers
"I thought it was bad news, that someone had died and I said, just tell me whatever it is, and he said we've won one million pounds on the lottery.
It's a great way to start the New Year.
It's a brilliant feeling."
Mr Oates then gathered the remaining syndicate members at work that night and broke the news, which was met with a stunned reaction by the plant technicians at first.
– Andy Oates
"There was absolute silence. I said could someone get excited? We have won one million pounds.
The next thing there was a massive roar."