Spare a thought for the managers of Neath Port Talbot Hospital who are suddenly short of numbers in the catering department after five members of staff handed in their notice at the same time. The reason? The Neath Port Talbot five were part of a six strong National Lottery syndicate which scooped a £25,476,778.30 jackpot. With more than £4.2m due to hit each of their bank accounts, catering assistants Julie Saunders, 56, Louise Ward, 37, Doreen Thompson, 56, Julie Amphlett, 50 and catering supervisor Sian Jones, promptly decided to join sixth syndicate member Jean Cairns, 73, in retirement. Julie Saunders, said: “I’ve enjoyed working there for many years along with the rest of the syndicate, but now it is someone else’s turn to take on those roles. We will miss many of our colleagues as we have all worked there a long time but it is the start of something new for us all.” Sian Jones, who worked at the hospital for 14 years, added: “Being able to give up work is something we’ve always talked about – this has just made our dreams come true. We’re still trying to digest it…It’s a vast amount of money. It’s going to change my life and my children’s lives forever.” And it could so easily have never happened. It was Louise Ward, who chose the winning numbers, but as she explains she was considering leaving the syndicate: “I was actually thinking about stopping playing earlier in the year as I have been saving up for my wedding in March and needed the extra cash. Imagine if I’d stopped, we’d never have won.” And most likely, they would all still be working at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital.