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Couple who won £35 million on lottery only ended up with nothing after major error

Couple who won £35 million on lottery only ended up with nothing after major error

Edwina and David Nylan, from Fleetwood, ended up with nothing.

As you'd probably expect, your chances of winning the lottery are pretty slim - one in 45 million to be exact.

However, Edwina and David Nylan, from Fleetwood, Lancs, were one of the lucky few to win a £35 million lotto jackpot.

But unfortunately for them, they ended up with nothing because of an unfortunate blunder.

The couple claimed they matched six of the winning lottery numbers while using the Lottomobile app during the festive period.

And they fully expected to see the new year start with millions of pounds in their back pocket.

However, that proved to be far from the case.

Edwina and David claim they bought the ticket for the draw on December 23, 2015.

But they quickly discovered a problem as they didn't have the cash to go pay for the purchase of the ticket.

The couple added more money into the account and landed the numbers 01 - 02 - 04 - 19 - 28 - 41.

Edwina and David Nylan.

"David has an app on his phone which he uses to generate random numbers," Edwina said.

"We scribbled them down, and they are stored on his phone."

Following the draw, the pair tried to claim the whopping £35,410,034 jackpot prize - but they were told Camelot had no record of the transaction.

"When the numbers came up, it looked like we had got all six and had won the jackpot but when I checked, there was nothing from Camelot," Edwina added.

"I rang customer services at Camelot and the person I spoke to said they could see from their records that we had intended to buy those numbers but they said the purchase did not go through because we only had 60p in our account.

She continued: "We had tried to top up the account, and hadn't realised that hadn't registered either.

"You get an email to confirm your purchase, but I didn't remember to check because it was just before Christmas and I was so busy.

"Camelot has now told me they are looking into it with their IT department."

Totally gutting, but that hasn't stopped the couple from continuing to play the lottery.

The couple were ultimately left with nothing.

"We have played for years, and had our online account for some time, so it is not as if we didn't know what we were doing," she said.

"I have just had to carry on with things and not get too down.

A spokesperson for Camelot said: "The player did attempt to purchase an online Lotto ticket multiple times on December 23 from 7pm onwards (the cut-off to buy tickets is 7.30pm), however, there were insufficient funds in the player's account - so the attempted purchases were not successful.

"The player would have received an error message on every occasion confirming this.

"Only tickets that have been successfully purchased can be entered into the draw.

"So it is up to players to ensure that they have adequate funds in their account to complete a ticket purchase."

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Topics: Money, National Lottery, UK News