Teen missed out on a £182m EuroMillions win as the account only had £2.50
Rachel Kennedy thought she’d won £182million at EuroMillions after an error in her National Lottery account alerted her to a game – but her ticket hadn’t arrived due to lack of funds
University student Rachel Kennedy couldn’t believe it when her numbers came up in a EuroMillions draw for a £182m jackpot.
The 19-year-old, from Hertfordshire, called her mum and boyfriend Liam McCrohan, 21, into the room and the trio envisioned how the teenager’s life would be changed.
But a call to lottery bosses Camelot quickly shattered the dream and business student Rachel was “absolutely heartbroken”.
Your account only had £2.50 so the ticket wasn’t automatically purchased before the draw as it normally was.
However, an error had sent her a notification the next day declaring her the winner.
The numbers she’d used with Liam for five weeks in a row – 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6 and 11 – had been drawn on February 26, 2021, but there was nothing that could be done.
The ticket had not gone through.
After Rachel went public with the devastatingly unfortunate close call, Camelot wished her “good luck in future draws”.
The teenager told The sun: “I called the number and I thought I’d won £182m and they said ‘yes you have the right numbers but you didn’t have the money in your account to pay for the ticket so it didn’t really work through. .
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“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.”
After verifying her account, she was initially greeted with a message that her numbers were a “winning match.”
However, her heart sank when she realized the mistake soon after, she recalled.
In March last year, a spokesperson for Camelot added: “We know Rachel’s story and hope she comes early to buy a ticket for the next big draw.”
ITV chat show host Lorraine Kelly urged her viewers at the time to give Rachel some thought.
“Oh oh oh. jeez Think about her. It’s a tough question, isn’t it? Yes. It’s definitely a tough question,” she said.
Earlier this month, a grandmother became a EuroMillions winner in just 10 minutes, but is now living in a moldy apartment again.
Margaret De Micheli, 72, thought she had won the life-changing £34million jackpot after being late in checking her lottery tickets.
After purchasing a EuroMillions ticket for the March 29th draw, she went to the post office to check her results and received a slip from the shopkeeper to confirm that she had won the mega jackpot.
However, after being advised to double-check numbers at a nearby Tesco in Swiss Cottage, north London, she received some heartbreaking news.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teen-missed-out-182million-euromillions-27266463 Teen missed out on a £182m EuroMillions win as the account only had £2.50