Sacked? No, You've Just Won [Pounds Sterling]15m on the Lottery

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Sacked? No, You've Just Won [Pounds Sterling]15m on the Lottery


Byline: MAUREEN CULLEY

WHEN their supervisor stopped the production line and summoned them to her office, the whisky plant workers feared the worst.

As the women made their way through the bottling hall, they all wondered if they had done something wrong - or even if their jobs were to be axed.

But the news that awaited them when Isabell Devlin closed her office door was far from bad.

She told her five friends in the all-female syndicate at Morrison Bowmore whisky plant in Glasgow they had scooped [pounds sterling]15million on the National Lottery - winning [pounds sterling]2.5million each in Scotland's second largest lottery win and the tenth biggest ever.

The supervisor had somehow managed to keep the news to herself for more than 12 hours until she could get official confirmation from Camelot that the lucky dip numbers of 7, 20, 22, 23, 34 and 37 had come up.

Mrs Devlin, 38, shares the prize with Elizabeth Eaglesham, who is 56 tomorrow, and her sister Irene Cameron, 42.

Also scooping a share in the jackpot are Mary Milroy, 54, Angela Griffiths, 46, and Anne Ferguson, 58.

Mrs Eaglesham, of Castlemilk, and husband Billy, 54, are looking forward to the August wedding of their son Stephen, 30, who works as a forklift driver at the Springburn plant.

She said: 'When we were called to the office, we thought we were going to get into trouble.

'When Isabell told us, we didn't believe it. We just started screamingand hugging each other. It was unbelievable; it still is.' Mrs Devlin, from Balornock, and her labourer husband John, 37, have a nine-year- old daughter, Sophia.

Mrs Devlin said: 'The syndicate plays the Lotto every Saturday and Wednesday. It was my turn to put the numbers on and I don't usually check the previous draw until I go to buy the tickets for the next one, but something made me check at 7.30am on Tuesday.

'I thought, "God, we've got all the numbers". My daughter saw I was shaking and asked what was wrong, but I told her I thought I'd won [pounds sterling]10 so as not to disappoint her. I went into work and didn't tell a soul. I had to find a private place to phone Camelot to confirm it. At about 10am, I got the girls together to tell them.

'I asked them, "What have we all got in common?". They said that we were over 40, but I said I wasn't. Then I said the lottery.

They didn't believe me at first, but when the penny dropped we all started jumping for joy.' Mrs Eaglesham's sister, Irene Cameron, lives in Barmulloch with her 42-year- old taxi driver husband Steven.

They have four daughters - air hostess Tracy, 23, receptionist Michelle, 22, and 14-year-old twins Stephanie and Laura - and celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary-next month. …

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