The popping of champagne corks and flashlights of cameras brought the centre of Penzance to a halt for a short while on Tuesday afternoon as 16 Co-op staff members celebrated a £500,000 lottery win.
The syndicate from the Market Jew Street store scooped the pay-out in the Thunderball draw of September 21 and it means they will each get £31,250.
The store has earned a reputation in Penzance for the friendliness of its staff and manager Stephen Badcock, a member of the syndicate, said: “It’s been great to get such good feedback from our customers – everyone seems pleased for us.
“Everyone’s staying on – no one has handed in their notice – and I think it shows that people work here for love as well as for the money.”
Wendy Uren, who has been a syndicate member ever since starting work at the store seven years ago, said the win came at the perfect time.
“I was recently able to pay off my mortgage when I got my pension,” she said.
“Now I can finish off refurbishing the inside of the house and treat my four daughters and grandchildren. I might even buy myself a TV for the bedroom.”
Daniel Symons, aged 26, has recently earned promotion and a move to his home town store in Hayle and was due to be leaving on the day of big win.
“It’s a great leaving present,” he said. “I’m going to take the kids to Disneyland at Christmas and I’ll probably buy my wife a car.”
Organiser of the store’s weekly lottery entry is Colin Coombs, whose partner Norma Barron is also a staff member and syndicate member.
Colin said he “turned white with shock” when he saw the winning line and now hopes that lightning will strike twice.
“I’m carrying on running the syndicate and since the win we’ve got an extra eight members,” he said.
Colin and Norma plan to spend their windfall on home improvements.