A Worcester woman claims that a £33 million lottery prize that has remained unclaimed belongs to her and that her winning ticket was accidentally put in the wash with the rest of the washing.
The lottery organizers Camelot announced that a winning ticket purchased in Worcester had remained unclaimed and asked residents to ‘check down side of sofas.’ The lotto player insists that her fading ticket is the real deal and wants the £33 million prize money.
The Guardian reports:
The woman, who refused to be named, claims the paper slip went through the washing machine in the pocket of a pair of jeans.
She presented the tattered remains to Ambleside News on Friday, where she said she bought it. Natu Patel, who owns the newsagent, said: “The lady came in yesterday, she was rather nervous.
“We had to make sure she had the ticket with her. She told me the ticket had been in the wash and Camelot has said she has to send it through to them in writing.
“She showed it to me. Because it’s been in the wash the ticket has slightly faded but hopefully they can sort it out.
“We put the ticket in card and in plastic to protect it and she has posted it off to Camelot. It’s up to them to verify it and hopefully pay her.”
The ticket reportedly has the winning numbers – 26, 27, 46, 47, 52, 58 – but the date, bar code and serial number are missing.
The woman told the Times: “I’ve been a nervous wreck. I haven’t slept all night. Since I found it in my jeans pocket, my daughter and I have been drying it out with the hairdryer.
“You can see 2016 but not the date.”
A Camelot spokeswoman confirmed it was aware and said any claim had to be made in writing. “She has to go through the same process as anybody else,” she said.
“They basically need to submit a claim in writing within 30 days of the draw stating where they bought it, the time, date and any other details they can provide.
“We get quite a few of these, we get them with any unclaimed prizes and with this being quite a large amount we would expect several claims.”
Camelot will not make a decision until 180 days after the draw was made, the time given anyone with an intact ticket to come forward.