Pub syndicate celebrates lottery win

Celebrations of this pub syndicate after lottery win Credit: ITV Meridian

A pub syndicate is celebrating after scooping a million pounds on the lottery.

The syndicate of six from The Jolly Boatman in Lewes Road in Newhaven are each £166,000 better off after winning Euromillions.

The syndicate includes the pub landlady, Charlotte Maynard, her mother, Mary Maynard and pub regulars, Michael Read, Michael Fowler, Michael Skinner and Maureen Daly.

It was Michael Read, also known as Fudge, who had bought that week’s ticket and decided to watch the draw show before popping in for a night cap.

As soon as he saw the result, he realised it was going to be a little more than one night cap.

He immediately rang The Jolly Boatman and spoke to Charlotte, telling her they had outdone the pubs other twenty-strong syndicate who had recently celebrated a £2,500 win.

Single mum of one, Charlotte, couldn’t stop screaming with joy and immediately ran upstairs to the flat to share the good news with her parents.

Syndicate leader and pub matriarch, Mary Maynard, was alarmed when she heard Charlotte come screaming up the stairs, she said: “I thought something awful had happened when Charlotte first appeared but when she shared the news, my panic quickly turned to joy.

"I turned to my husband of 37 years, Francis, and said, ‘come on, we’d better get glammed up, there’s Champagne to be drunk!’ and headed down to the bar.”