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Lottery winners vow to party in style


Centre workers celebrate 1m win

The 20-strong syndicate who won Guernsey's Les Bourgs Hospice £1m lottery vow to celebrate in style.

It was announced on Monday that staff at Beau Sejour leisure centre were the winners, each receiving £50,000.

Receptionist Jo Winberg, who put the syndicate together, said the win has yet to sink in.

She said: "Everybody is over the moon, a lot of us are still numb and I think most of them won't believe it until the cheques are in their bank accounts."

Public support

With 5,000 tickets sold and smaller prizes of £50,000, £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 the draw raised £385,000 for the hospice.

Organiser Jack Honeybill said, "With the 380,000 we made from the first draw that is obviously well over three quarters of a million and it goes towards the redevelopment fund of which there is going to be a launch in February next year.

"I think in total it's around four million... we're not far away from the first million not withstanding that we've already received funds towards the redevelopment... this is obviously a fillip [boost] to the fund."

Les Bourgs is the island's only independent hospice and relies entirely on public support.

It has been caring for terminally ill people and their families for 18 years. No charges are made for accommodation and anyone is able to apply to be cared for.

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