Every week players around the world dream of winning a big lottery prize. Nathan Moody from Billingham in north east England is no exception and for a while he wrongly believed he’d won thousands of pounds in the March 3 UK Lotto draw.
The 25-year-old bought his UK Lotto ticket from a shop in Billingham, near Middlesbrough. He returned to check the results and was delighted when the scanner began beeping and he was told his win was too high to be paid out and he’d need to contact Lottery HQ.
Everyone in the shop was “over the moon” for him and he quickly returned home to spread the good news of his UK Lotto win. He soon began planning how to spend his windfall that could have been as high as £20,000.
High on his list was buying a new car, paying off bills and helping his parents. He also wanted to take his family on their first ever trip abroad. Englishwoman Lynn Groves headed off on holiday after winning £1m playing UK Lotto.
However, he later checked the results on his phone and was shocked to learn he’d only won a Free Lucky Dip. The same result came up when he again returned to the shop. “I was absolutely gutted. I couldn’t speak, I was devastated. I knew it wasn’t the £1m raffle but I assumed it was one of the 10 prizes of £20,000,” said the disappointed player.
Edwina and David Nylan from Fleetwood, England, wrongly believed they had won a £35m UK Lotto jackpot. Sometimes though mistakes can be beneficial. Englishman Murray McKenzie put down the wrong number and won a £215,228.30 EuroMillions prize. Another English player, Stuart Powell, had a £1m EuroMillions win totally by mistake.
A spokesman for lottery organizer Camelot said that the initial terminal message was: ‘Results not in. Return ticket to player and tell player to check another day’. He added this message was “entirely normal” and that Nathan had used the scanner during what is known as a “draw break”, a period immediately after a draw where numbers and prizes are being worked out by Camelot and nothing can be paid out.
His previous largest win was £100 but hopefully one day he’ll be a big winner for real and follow in the footsteps of Darren Hammond from England whose Lucky Dip ticket won him £381,582.80 playing EuroMillions.
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