Champagne was the order of the day at a pub in East Sussex as six friends toasted their good fortune after winning £1 million on the EuroMillions.
The Jolly Boatman’s landlady, Charlotte Maynard, celebrated with her 72-year-old mother, Mary Maynard, and four of her regulars as they each scooped £166,000 from the successful syndicate.
Punters Michael Read, 49, Michelle Fowler, 55, Michael Skinner, 48, and Maureen Daly made up the rest of the winning group, who have since been dubbed ‘the lucky six’.
Charlotte and Mary, who have run the pub in Lewes Road, Newhaven, for more than 15 years, plan to spend some of their share of the cash sprucing up the establishment, while everyone else is still deciding what to do with their thousands.
The winning ticket was bought from The Co-op in Newhaven Square by Michael Read, also known as Fudge, who planned to watch the draw show on January 9 before popping into the Jolly Boatman for a nightcap.
However, when he realised the ticket was a winner, he immediately rang Charlotte, who couldn’t stop screaming as she went to share the news with her parents.
Syndicate leader and pub matriarch, Mary, 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.
“We’ve had The Jolly Boatman for more than 15 years and in that time met some genuinely lovely people. Our regulars really are the salt of the earth and their reaction to our good fortune shows what good people they are. Ultimately we will all be winners because some of the money will go towards sprucing the place up a bit to make it even nicer for our customers.”
The £1 million prize is not the first time pub-goers have bagged money from the lottery as another syndicate group at the Jolly Boatman previously celebrated winning £2,500.