Famed for All the Wrong Reasons!
We’ve all tried our luck on the lottery at some point, whether that be Lotto or the EuroMillions; we choose our numbers and pay for the ticket while keeping our fingers crossed for a win. The rules are plain and simple – you won’t be in the next lotto draw unless you have an active paid-for ticket in play. I’m sure there have been many instances of numbers coming up when tickets haven’t been in play, and probably too many times to count, but what happened in February has led to a warning being issued by the National Lottery.
Rachel, a 19-year-old business student at Brighton University, set up a direct debit on the National Lottery website for the EuroMillions draw. Just the one ticket in play each draw at a cost of £2.50p. Because she was using the same numbers week after week, she decided to take set up automatic payments so she wouldn’t forget to buy a ticket.
A Missed Opportunity of a Lifetime:
Having her EuroMillions tickets automatically in-play and stored online, all she had to do was sit back and wait for the email to come through when and if she won. February 26th, 2021 will be the date Rachel will never forget. Her numbers came up but instead of celebrating and altering her lifestyle to fit that of the rich and famous, she is sat in her university campus quarters with nothing but her bad luck story to keep her company.
The numbers 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6 and 11 came up on February 26th, the exact numbers on Rachel’s ticket. On Saturday 27th, she logged into her National Lottery account where instant wins and lottery games can be played online, to be met with a message that her numbers did indeed match, but no money will be credited due to a banking error. Unfortunately, at the time of the direct Debit purchase, there wasn’t enough funds clear in the account to pay for her ticket.
The unlucky teen told the Sun: “I called my boyfriend Liam and my mum into the room and they couldn’t believe it either, so I was like, ‘oh my god I need to call them’. I called the number thinking that I had won £182million and they said, ‘yeah you’ve got the right numbers, but you didn’t have the funds in your account for the payment of the ticket, so it didn’t actually go through’. I was on top of the world when I thought I had won, but when I found out I hadn’t, Liam was actually more upset than me.”
A spokesman for Camelot said in a statement: “We’re aware of Rachel’s story and hope she gets in early to buy a ticket for the next big draw.”Talk about unlucky! But she’s not the only one to miss out on a fortune! A week earlier, British teen Tayla Octave, 19 from South London, missed out on a £178m EuroMillions fortune by being one number out on every single number drawn. February 19th, the winning row of numbers were 04 12 25 46 48 and star numbers 07 12, but the unlucky teen from London had 05, 13, 24, 45, 49 and star numbers 06 11.
Very unfortunate for the pair. But you it’s a stark warning to check your tickets to make sure you’re not the next one hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons! Don’t forget to check out our latest freebies fleas, there are some terrific offers of no deposit bonuses as well as prize draws to win luxury gifts and even a car!
Source: “EuroMillions: Couple Miss Out on £182m Lotto Jackpot Due to Failed Card Payment”. Mirror. March 7, 2021.