Burnley nursing home staff win share of £1m. Euro Millions raffle

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CHRISTMAS really has come early for delighted staff at a Burnley nursing home who have won a £1m. share of the Lottery.

The 34 staff at Willowbank Nursing Home in Pasturegate, who only formed a syndicate a few months ago, struck lucky on the Euro Millions Millionaire Raffle to pocket £29,411 each.

Winners included the manager of the home Diane Ireland (60) who said it could not have happened to a nicer bunch of people.

Mrs Ireland said: “I am so chuffed for everyone, they really are a lovely group. The timing couldn’t have been better with Christmas coming up and it means we can give our families a really good Christmas now.

“We have some very loyal and hard-working staff so I’m just so pleased. It’s brilliant.”

Grandmother-of-four Mrs Ireland said the win would mean she could retire a bit sooner than planned after the ticket, bought from Tesco Burnley, came up on Saturday.

She said the winners included care staff, nurses and domestic staff.