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'One of those feelings' leads to £1 million lottery win

Something to drink about... Credit: National Lottery

A team of marathon runners from Cornwall are celebrating after their syndicate scooped £1,000,000 on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker.

The syndicate from Mount’s Bay Harriers in Penzance bought 13 tickets in Exeter Airport for the draw on 14 October, on their way to Amsterdam for a weekend of running after their syndicate leader had one of his ‘feelings’ and convinced them that they would be lucky.

Syndicate leader Nicky Morse, 58, a self-employed painter and decorator from Penzance, was with the group in Exeter Airport when he had the overwhelming urge to buy a EuroMillions ticket. As soon as his friends heard about his premonition, they all wanted to get involved because Nicky is renowned for his winning streak.

I do seem to have a bit of a magic touch. I’m not a regular gambler but every now and then, I feel lucky and I’ll be drawn to bet on something and I always win.

Over the years I’ve learned to take these feelings as they come and put my positive mindset to good use. It always pays off but this is by far my biggest win to date.

– Nicky Morse, Syndicate Leader
The syndicate almost missed out on their win Credit: National Lottery

Once the group had purchased their 13 EuroMillions tickets they forgot about them and carried on with their long weekend of running in Amsterdam. It was only when they returned that one of the syndicate decided to check the results.

However, they neglected to check the UK Millionaire Maker code and threw the balled up tickets at Nicky, joking, “You and your ‘feelings’”.

Luckily, Nicky had more faith and he and his wife, Jackie, took the tickets home to double check. It was then that they discovered they had won £1 million and Nicky quickly contacted the rest of the group to tell them.

Many of the syndicate members didn’t believe Nicky so, the following day he called a syndicate meeting to show them the ticket and convince them that they were all £76,923 better off.

There were a lot of tears and disbelief when I broke the news. Certainly no one slept that night. I think it has settled in now and everyone has started making plans.

Everyone will be doing something different with their share. Some are going to pay off their mortgages, there are a few holidays being booked and I’m planning some home improvements.

We are all hoping to get together for a meal and a few drinks to celebrate our good fortune soon.

– Nicky Morse

The syndicate members range in age from 40 to 60 and include Nicky and Jackie Morse, Damian Cook, Amanda Prosser, Claire Backhouse and Jackie Stone.

  • The syndicate bought their winning ticket in WH Smiths, Exeter Airport, and their winning UK Millionaire Maker Code was VJBX86876