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Couple lose out on $52M win due to faulty app

Posted on Sunday, 3 January, 2016 | Comment icon 15 comments

The ticket purchase didn't go through in time due to a technical hiccup. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Images Money
A husband and wife from the UK missed out on the lottery jackpot despite matching all six numbers.
Winning the lottery should have been a dream come true, but for grandparents Edwina and David Nylan, who managed to pick all six numbers in the UK lottery draw just before Christmas, jubilance and celebration very quickly turned in to misery when they realized to their horror that their entry in to the draw hadn't registered properly due to a technical issue during purchase.

"We've tried to have a laugh about it but we're completely distraught," said Edwina. "We've spent years paying out for the lottery and this money could have changed our lives."
To make matters worse the payment for the ticket did eventually go through but by then it was too late - the draw had already passed and the matching numbers were no longer valid.

"It was like all our dreams had come crashing down around us," said Edwina.

"We feel like we've been cheated out of it."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (15)

Tags: Lottery, Smartphone

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 3 January, 2016, 17:42
I have realized recently that, all lotteries, No matter what country/State you live in, ARE FIXED!! Remember this when you go to buy your tickets,The lottery numbers are not drawn randomly.But are generated by a sophisticated computer program that searches the played numbers and then generates the lowest possible pay out. You realised this, did you? Any evidence? Or did this revelation come to you in a dream? There are far easier ways to con people than in front of millions of people, live, every week.
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast on 3 January, 2016, 17:56
Time to sue the maker of the app. No chance. The terms and conditions of business of such companies, and others as well, clearly exclude any accountability for financial losses and failure of performance on the services provided.
Comment icon #8 Posted by spud the mackem on 3 January, 2016, 17:56
Camelot (the lottery company) increased the numbers a few weeks back, making the odds to win from 49 million to 1, to 79 million to 1 (yes 79.000.000) which makes it nearly impossible to win,on a single 2.00 ticket, that's why the Jackpots keep going up every week because of the increase in the basic numbers. This also affects the smaller prizes, ie:- 25 for three numbers, 40 for four numbers, etc. so why don't you cut your losses by putting 1-00 on the Irish Lottery where you get 60 for a 2 number win and over 600 for a 3 mumber win. Little and often is better odds than no win at all.
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 3 January, 2016, 19:00
Where I live, the state and national lotteries have a "disclaimer" printed on the ticket, which basically says that if you are a winner but something went wrong to make you a winner, that... you are not a winner and there is no legal recourse other that ticket purchase refund. This happens every so often. Not a lot, but now and then. Would be interesting if one could sue in court for "emotional distress" (not for the lottery amount), as distress clearly would be the case supported by nearly any psychologist or psychiatrist on the entire friggin planet. In the US I don't think that's allowed, a... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jaded1 on 3 January, 2016, 19:29
Spud, that's incorrect. The odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 13983816 and now they're 1 in 45057474 (1/(49!/43!6!) as was, compared to 1/(59!/53!6!) now).
Comment icon #11 Posted by liloudd on 4 January, 2016, 12:28
Woow that really sucks
Comment icon #12 Posted by spud the mackem on 4 January, 2016, 20:45
Spud, that's incorrect. The odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 13983816 and now they're 1 in 45057474 (1/(49!/43!6!) as was, compared to 1/(59!/53!6!) now). apologies , its what I read in a Moron newspaper which I won't be buying again
Comment icon #13 Posted by Silent Trinity on 7 January, 2016, 13:47
Well I think this image of the couple in question speaks volumes, they are absolutely gutted, who wouldn't be
Comment icon #14 Posted by MissJatti on 15 January, 2016, 18:32
I feel them
Comment icon #15 Posted by DingoLingo on 16 January, 2016, 16:07
No matter what country/State you live in, ARE FIXED!! heh lotto over here is drawn like bingo .. balls bobbing around and randomly selected.. no computer selection here

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