A Couple nearly Lost a lottery worth 520 crore (£57.9 million)
A retired couple Fred and Lesley Higgins’s from Scotland won ₹520-crore (£57.9 million) cheque as a jackpot they won with a lottery ticket but the ticket was torn into two pieces.
The winners of a £57.9 million jackpot were initially told they did not have a winning ticket, because a local shop assistant misread the numbers while matching them and he ripped in half and put in the bin. But a message on a lottery terminal in Fred and Lesley Higgins’s local Aberdeen shire shop produced a chitty told them to keep hold of the ripped ticket and call operator Camelot.
So, local shop assistant gave them their torn ticket back, and the couple went home and checked the numbers to find they did indeed match and they were the winners of the July 10 jackpot. But even then, they misread the size of the jackpot and thought they were only £5.7 million richer.
The retired couple, from Laurencekirk, were told that because the ticket had been torn, processing the claim would need to be investigated. So, Camelot sent out its security team to review CCTV footage and speak to the store staff. After the investigation, the couple was handed over the prize. Mrs. Higgins, 57, quit her job as an account manager for the Montrose Port Authority as soon as the money was transferred. The couple, who have been married for 35 years, bought an Audi cabriolet and are thinking of visiting India and China. They are also looking at second homes in Barbados.