Man Discards £100k Winning Card

scratchcardOne of the saddest news stories this week is of a man in Chester in the UK, who bought a scratchcard with his weekly shopping and has come forward to claim he accidently threw away a winning ticket as he was confused about the way in which it was structured.

Anyone who has ever bought a Scratchcard will know there are dozens of different ones on offer, and whilst some are easy to play with you simply needing to match three amounts to win, some of them require you to line up three matching symbols or amounts in a row on the card to win.

This is what this Chester based man thought he had to do, line up three matching symbols, and having scratched off the panels he claims he did reveal three £100k amounts, but presumed they had to be in a row on the card as opposed to anywhere on the card.

He threw away the ticket but then realized later in the day that the ticket he discarded was in fact a winning ticket and one on which you simply had to match three amounts to win.

After a frantic and fruitless search for the winning card he contacted the National Lottery’s head office, informed them when and where he purchased the winning ticket from, however the rules of the Scratchcard game clearly state that a winning ticket has to be presented to first be validated before any winnings can be payout out.

The National Lottery did confirm there were in fact a couple of winning jackpot tickets still in circulation, however this hapless gambler will not be able to claim the winnings unless he finds that now long lost ticket!

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