National Express employees win big on the Lottery
Thirteen National Express employees from West Bromwich are celebrating after scooping £105,909 in their work lottery syndicate.
Although 13 is an unlucky number for some it’s proven extremely lucky for these 13 garage workers who played the lottery for 13 months before matching five numbers and the bonus ball. They each won £8,146.85 in last Wednesday’s lottery draw.
Harpreet Singh, Traffic Controller at the West Bromwich Depot said: “I was working the early shift when I found out we’d won. I started work at 3:30am, but before I left I checked the numbers on Teletext. I initially thought we had five numbers. I counted again and realised it was five plus the bonus ball!”
Harpreet immediately woke his wife, Daljeet (20), who was a little annoyed, especially after just getting their five month old baby daughter off to sleep, but she soon started dancing around the bedroom.
He phoned the other members of the syndicate to tell them of the good news but many weren’t convinced. Harpreet was forced to go to the shop where he bought the ticket to double check the win at their request. After getting confirmation, he was finally able to call the rest of the syndicate, some of whom were on holiday, to tell them the good news before locking the ticket away in his safe.
Dave McCall, Area Manager for National Express West Midlands said: “The whole garage is over the moon for the group, it’s a fantastic win. I think we’ll all play the lottery this weekend and hope the good luck continues!”
National Express’ garage at West Bromwich is one of nine based throughout the West Midlands. They operate over 170 buses throughout 36 routes in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Harpreet continued: “We haven’t arranged a party yet because some of the group are away, but we’ll no doubt have a big celebration when we are back together. Whatever we do, this win is very welcome for the entire group.”
Note to Editors:
National Express is a leading bus operator in the West Midlands, Dundee and London. In the West Midlands the group provides Europe’s largest fleet of easy access vehicles operating on a single area bus network. With a fleet of over 2,000 buses, National Express provides more than 500 bus services each year and also operates the Midland Metro light railway rapid transit system from Birmingham to Wolverhampton.