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Man Insists Someone Else Claimed His £6.5 Million Winning Lottery Ticket

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Man Insists Someone Else Claimed His £6.5 Million Winning Lottery Ticket

A pensioner claims his £6.5 million winning lottery ticket was stolen and claimed by someone else.

Peter Rhodes, a 60-year-old veteran, only buys lottery tickets when there's a particularly large sum up for grabs.

On this occasion, he not only bought a ticket, but allegedly won the jackpot - unfortunately, he's not seen a single penny of those winnings.

The man says his ticket was stolen. Credit: Alamy
The man says his ticket was stolen. Credit: Alamy
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Speaking to The Mirror, he said: "It's a life-changing amount of money. They haven't stolen from me. They stole my kids' futures. That money was going to be for them. I turned 60 a couple of weeks ago and I never asked anything from anyone."

Rhodes alleges he took the ticket into a shop in London back in October 2019. When he handed over his ticket and it was put through the machine, he said it make a noise as if to indicate he'd won a prize.

He explained: "When I first went in and handed it over the shopkeeper put it in the machine and it made a noise, meaning it was a winning ticket of some sort.

"I didn't know how much was on it and he then refused to give me my ticket. I asked for my ticket back and he took three steps to the right and put it under the counter.

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"I leaned over and saw he had about 80 tickets under the counter. He picked one up and paid me something like £11.40.

"He tried to say it was my ticket and it wasn't. I know it wasn't because I folded mine twice and put it in my wallet and this one was flat."

He's pursuing a case against the National Lottery. Credit: Alamy
He's pursuing a case against the National Lottery. Credit: Alamy

Rhodes eventually contacted Camelot, who proved he'd bought a ticket worth £6.5 million. Alas, there was a nasty twist of fate - someone else claimed it already, apparently.

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He said: "Then I got a call from their fraud department saying they are shutting down the case because they won't pay out twice.

"I was so frustrated because it was the start of lockdown and I went to the police and they told me it is a civil matter.

"If National Lottery really cared about changing people's lives - then they need to sit up and listen. They would have more respect if they came out and help shut down shopkeepers who do this."

In a statement to the publication, the Metropolitan Police confirmed the case had been closed as there was no evidence of any fraud being committed.

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Camelot hasn't commented on the case as Rhodes is pursuing the National Lottery with solicitors.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News, National Lottery

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