Lottery let-down: Five numbers wins South Shields pub syndicate just £15

Pub-goers had no lottery luck
Pub-goers had no lottery luck

Shell-shocked syndicate members at a South Tyneside pub won’t have far to travel to drown their sorrows – after suffering a major Lotto let-down.

The 25-strong team of customers and staff at Trocadero’s pub, in Prince Georg Square, thought they’d struck it lucky after scooping five matching numbers in Wednesday’s lottery draw.

But they discovered their winnings won’t even cover the cost of a round of drinks – after they picked up a paltry £15 between them.

The group’s takings took a dent after more than 4,000 players successfully picked out five of the six balls.

That left the pub hopefuls with a smaller share of the windfall than players who secured three numbers.

Julie Sullivan, a staff member at the watering-hole, won’t be giving up her day job to spend her fortune just yet.

She said; “People who got three numbers ended up with more money than we did. We couldn’t believe it.”

A Camelot spokesman said the low pay-out was due to the ‘unprecedented’ number of five-ball winners, adding it was an ‘extremely rare’ event.