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Taxi group scoops 1m lottery win

Lucky Guernsey taxis drivers and their family and friends celebrate

A group of 30 Guernsey taxi drivers, their family and friends are celebrating winning the island's first 1m lottery.

The Make Me A Millionaire charity draw, in aid of Les Bourgs hospice, took place on Saturday night.

Five-thousand tickets costing 300 were sold, raising 380,000 towards the hospice redevelopment project.

The winners, who bought ticket number 1407, will each get a 33,300 share of the prize.

Winning the first prize is the icing on the cake
Mark Walters, lottery winner

Mark Walters, one of the winners, said it took three telephone calls before he was convinced he had the lucky number.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Walters said: "It's just put everybody on cloud nine.

"You never think you're going to do something like this, not at all, and you take your chances like everybody else.

"Winning the first prize is the icing on the cake.

"This doesn't happen to anybody, but it has this time for some reason.

"It's made a lot of people very happy."

Organisers said they were delighted with the result. They plan to launch another 1m lottery in June, with the draw to be held in October.

A 50,000 second prize was won by ticket number 5152 and a 25,000 third prize went to ticket number 4326.

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