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165 Belgians each win £777,000 after their local EuroMillions syndicate nets £123 MILLION jackpot

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The luckiest town in the world! 165 Belgians each win £745,000 after their local EuroMillions syndicate nets £123 MILLION jackpot

  • The group of 165 residents of Olmen, Antwerp entered the syndicate together
  • Their winning ticket won them a staggering £123 million between them
  • Each of the residents in the syndicate will walk away with around £745,000

A group of 165 lucky residents from a village in Belgium have won the EuroMillions jackpot after banding together in a syndicate.

The group from Olmen in the Antwerp province in Belgium have won a combined 142 million euros (£123 million).

Each of the 165 residents who signed up to the syndicate will walk away with around 860,000 euros (£745,000), the Belgian National Lottery confirmed as they announced the final jackpot total as 142,897,164 euros (£123,492,872).

The group had made a pact together, all paying in equally and buying from the same newsagents.

The group from Olmen in the Antwerp province (pictured) in Belgium have won a combined 142 million euros (£123 million) 

Joke Vermoere, a spokesperson for the National Lottery, told Belgian media: ‘They all played together in the same newsagent in Olmen, where they each invested 15 euros (£12.96).’

She added: ‘It is not the first time that De Pershoek organises this kind of group pot, but it is the first time that they win so much.’

De Pershoek is the local newsagent in Olmen, and Wim Van Broekhoven, the owner, told Belgian radio that most of his customers could not believe it.

He said: ‘I often had to repeat it five to six times.’

A group of 165 lucky residents from a village near Antwerp (pictured) have won the EuroMillions jackpot after banding together in a syndicate

A group of 165 lucky residents from a village near Antwerp (pictured) have won the EuroMillions jackpot after banding together in a syndicate

EuroMillions said: ‘The winning numbers for Tuesday December 6 were 12, 20, 25, 26 and 27, with Lucky Stars 8 and 12.

‘There were more than 27 million entries purchased for the draw, but only one matched the full winning line.’

This is not the first time communities have banded together to increase their odds of winning big.

Earlier this year, 20 miners in Australia got together to buy a ticket that won them a staggering $53 million (£29 million). 

A lotto syndicate from the West Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie won the jackpot in October’s Powerball, with each worker becoming $2.6 million (£148 million) richer.

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