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'Britain's Unluckiest Couple' Split Up After Missing £3 Million Lottery Prize

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'Britain's Unluckiest Couple' Split Up After Missing £3 Million Lottery Prize

A couple who have been dubbed the 'unluckiest couple in Britain' split up after they won £3 million on the National Lottery, but couldn't provide the ticket.

Back in 2001, Martyn Tott and his wife Kay used to play the lottery every week, and one week they saw an appeal asking for people using their regular numbers to come forward.

All of the numbers - six for Martyn's birthday and seven for Kay's - added up, but there was a problem.

They couldn't find the ticket.

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Despite eventually obtaining computer records from the Londis shop that Kay bought the ticket at, and those records proving that she had purchased the winning numbers, organiser Camelot wouldn't pay out, thanks to a rule stating that lost tickets must be reported within 30 days.

45 days after their realisation, they were told they wouldn't get the money.

Martyn became 'engrossed' over the fight for their money. Credit: Alamy
Martyn became 'engrossed' over the fight for their money. Credit: Alamy

Such was the interest in their case that Prime Minister Tony Blair even chimed in to suggest that Camelot should pay out the cash, and his wife Cherie Blair even offered her legal services.

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However - despite fighting their corner for five years - Martyn and Kay's relationship eventually buckled under the strain.

Later, in 2011, Martyn told the Daily Mail: "I was determined not to give up. We couldn't cope with the pressure.

"Kay wanted to move on, but I couldn't. I became engrossed in the fight for our money.

"She thought I wasn't paying her enough attention. I thought she was ignoring our opportunity to right the wrong.

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"We'd only known each other for two years and the Lottery ordeal quickly highlighted our differences. All we did was bicker.

"Sadly, both of us agreed we should split and Kay moved out."

Martyn and Kay appearing on GMTV. Credit: ITV/GMTV
Martyn and Kay appearing on GMTV. Credit: ITV/GMTV

In 2007, Martyn's legal team issued a writ to the High Court against Camelot, but was told that if he lost, he'd probably have to pay Camelot's £400,000 legal fees.

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That proved too much of a risk.

Martyn added: "After years of hoping and obsessing, I realised I was never going to get the money,

"It was a horrible feeling, but I knew I couldn't carry on being angry. I had my health and a family who loved me. In many respects, I was fortunate."

Eventually, he came to terms with it all.

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He said: "For a long time I lost sight of who I was and what I believed in. But I can honestly say I'm glad I didn't get the £3million now.

"There is no guarantee it would have brought me happiness."

Featured Image Credit: ITV/GMTV

Topics: UK News, Money, Weird

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