They picked the right numbers on a $35 million lottery ticket, but lost out because of a tech error

They picked the right numbers on a $35 million lottery ticket, but lost out because of a tech error

Technical frustrations can cause problems, but rarely to the level of this unfortunate English couple. Edwina and David Nylan, 60, attempted to purchase a lottery ticket that had the winning combination of numbers, but due to a technical glitch the transaction did not completely go through.

Metro reports,

Edwina, who has seven grandchildren, said when they tried to buy the £2 ticket their online Lottery account showed it did not have enough funds.

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They tried to top up so they had enough money in the account, then tried again with the numbers 01 – 02 – 04 – 19 – 28 – 41.

But despite the app confirming the purchase had gone through, Camelot says it has no record of the transaction.

Edwina said: ‘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.

‘We had tried to top up the account, and hadn’t realised that hadn’t registered either.

Camelot confirmed the couple did make multiple attempts to buy a ticket – but say they cannot confirm whether they would have won or not.

A spokeswoman 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.

Edwina said her husband is working many hours a week to make ends meet, and her sister is brain damaged and needs a motorized wheelchair. It would seem that Camelot should make an exception in this case and award the money. Camelot admitted that the couple had attempted repeatedly to make the purchase and Edwina said Camelot admitted they had chosen those numbers. Hopefully further details come out that result in a suitable ending for everyone. Watch their sad story below.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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