Teesside school cleaners' £4m lottery win

The cleaners celebrating their win
Image caption The cleaners bought three lucky dip tickets each Saturday

Sixteen school cleaners from Teesside are each £255,000 richer after their numbers came up on the lottery.

The colleagues, who run a syndicate at Egglescliffe Comprehensive School, won £4,091,609 between them in the triple rollover jackpot on Saturday.

The women had been buying three lucky dips a week, each contributing £1 every five weeks, for the past three years.

Cleaner Marie Kennedy said: "It's going to take something to top this one."

Pam Clarkson, 68, who runs the syndicate, said: "I thought I had four numbers at first and then I realised I had the six, so I rang my friend down the street and told her to come up.

"It was really late by this time and the lottery line had closed, so I waited until Sunday morning to call Camelot and tell all the other syndicate members.

"I didn't sleep much that night, I can tell you."

After initially not believing that they had won, the syndicate members have been compiling a shopping list of how to spend their winnings.

New cars, a bungalow and paying for a daughter's wedding are on the shopping list, although the women said they are still in shock and the news has yet to sink in.

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