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Brickies win £70,000 on National Lottery

A group of bricklayers from South Tyneside celebrate after their National Lottery syndicate, named 'Tyneside Trowels', scooped �69,283 on the Lotto. Pictured l-r, Lee Nixon, Graham Hartley, Elliot Turnbull, and Raymond Martin.
A group of bricklayers from South Tyneside celebrate after their National Lottery syndicate, named 'Tyneside Trowels', scooped �69,283 on the Lotto. Pictured l-r, Lee Nixon, Graham Hartley, Elliot Turnbull, and Raymond Martin.

A team of bricklayers are celebrating after scooping almost £70,000 on the national lottery.

The group, named the Tyneside Trowels, matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the draw on July 8.

We haven’t won enough to quit work, but it’s still a life-changing amount

Graham Hartley

The team of seven who work for South Tyneside Homes have been putting the same nine lines on, every Wednesday and Saturday, as part of a syndicate since the game began more than 20 years ago.

They each share a win of £69,283.

Team leader, Graham Hartley, 45, said: “The syndicate has been going ever since the lottery started. Three or four of the members have been in since the start but the rest of us have tagged in and out, taking over other people’s lines when they have left the business. We always play the same numbers and have won a few quid here and there but never anything this big before!”

The syndicate play online at www.national-lottery.co.uk, and discovered their win the morning after the draw when one of the team checked their numbers. Graham described the moment he found out they had won as “unbelievable.”

Tyneside Trowel members, Raymond Martin, 58, Elliot Turnbull, 31, Lee Nixon, 33, and Mr Hartley have yet to make to make firm plans for how they intend to spend their winnings, though a holiday to Rhodes, kitchen renovation and a new guitar – a Gibson Les Paul – are top of the shortlist for some members.

The winning Lotto numbers on July 8 were 3, 10, 35, 38, 40, 41 and the bonus ball was 27.

Mr Hartley added: “We haven’t won enough to quit work, but it’s still a life-changing amount.