Imagine you’ve guessed all the lottery numbers correctly, your app shows you that you’ve hit the jackpot – and then a single mistake ruins your million-dollar prize….
That’s exactly what happened to Rachel from Hertfordshire. For a short time, she and her boyfriend thought they were lottery millionaires. But the happiness was short-lived.
Lotto: Jackpot hit – then the dream bursts
Rachel has been playing the lottery for a while. And always with the same combination of numbers. Until she changed them a few weeks ago. From then on she played with the same numbers for five weeks – and was to win the big buck with her decision.
She has an account at EuroMillions. She had set that she always plays along automatically with her numbers. If she won, the app would send her a notification. And that’s exactly what happened one day, The Sun reports.
There was talk of a “winning match”. Of course there was a lot of excitement. “I was like, oh my god, I won,” Rachel recalled telling The Sun. Of course, she immediately told her boyfriend Liam and her mother about the win. Then she pulled out her phone and contacted the lottery directly.
Lotto: shock message on the phone
Beaming with joy, she announced that she had hit the jackpot. “They told me that I typed the correct numbers, but I didn’t have enough credit in my account, which is why paying for the ticket didn’t work,” says the 19-year-old. A shock! He was even bigger for her boyfriend Liam.
Because he had already made plans on how to spend more than 200 million euros. “It broke my heart when we heard the man on the phone say we hadn’t bought the ticket. I had already envisioned our dream house and dream car,” says Liam. But nothing came of it…
Incidentally, Rachel no longer wants to play with the winning numbers. She already has new numbers, reports The Sun.
>> Editor’s note <<
Gambling can be addictive. When gambling behavior gets out of control and becomes a substitute for other personal problems, it can develop into pathological behavior and even into gambling addiction. It is then no longer just about spontaneous leisure time fun, but the game then suddenly takes on questionable functions: avoiding fear, panic, depression and other negative feelings or avoiding problems.
Anyone who thinks they are addicted to gambling or know someone who might be addicted to gambling can get help. For this there is the free and anonymous hotline 0800/1372700. More information on bzga.