Four regulars of a Hayes pub celebrated into the night after winning £30,000 in the Euromillions lottery.
But it took the syndicate a couple of days to discover they had won.
Gary Gilchrist, who owns The Brook House pub in Kingshill Avenue,Hayes, said: "They realised on the Sunday when they all met up in the pub.
"They were all buying champagne.The credit crunch was forgotten down here for a day or two.
"They are all planning on going on holiday over Christmas time,somewhere hot."
One of the lucky four is John Rees, 45.
Mr Gilchrist said: "John has drunk here for over 20 years; he's a very well-known character in the pub.
"They are all lifelong friends and I'm very happy for them. They have been down here ever since.They spent about £15 on the syndicate,which is quite a lot - but now they've won, it is all worth it."
* For more on this story,and pictures, see next week's Gazette.