Town-wide EuroMillions syndicate’s £123m win sees 165 residents scoop £745k each

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    A group of lucky villagers have scooped up the EuroMillions jackpot after forming a syndicate together.

    The 165 residents of Olmen, in Belgium's Antwerp province, who entered the lottery were delighted to learn they had won a total of €142m (£123m), amounting to €860k (£745k) each.

    The group had made a pact to share their winnings after they paid in equally and hought their tickets from the same newsagents, called De Pershoek, or The Press Corner in English.

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

    "It is not the first time that De Pershoek has organised this kind of group pot, but it is the first time that they have won so much.:

    Wim Van Broekhoven, owner of the winning newsagents, told Belgian radio that many of his customers were in disbelief after the win.

    He told the local radio station: "I often had to repeat it five to six times."

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

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

    This isn't the first time a syndicate has been formed, where residents group together to up their chances of winning the jackpot – but it doesn't always go to plan.

    One lottery syndicate called in lawyers after one of the group was accused of keeping a £828,000 jackpot to himself.

    Trent Bowden, from Western Australia, bought tickets for ten pals using the same numbers every week, according to court papers.

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    But when his group finally won in a draw, he attempted to claim the prize as an individual and not for the group, it is alleged.

    Trent, who runs a clay pigeon shooting range, is now facing a lawsuit alongside the organisers of the draw, Lotterywest.

    He is said to have scooped $2,200 (£1,215) on October 29 of this year, but instead of returning it to the group, "reinvested" the winnings in the next draw.

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