I was a EuroMillions winner for 10 minutes…then my world fell apart
AN UNLUCKY grandmother has said she was a EuroMillions winner for just ten minutes – before it all fell apart.
Margaret De Micheli, 72, bought a ticket for the £34million jackpot on March 29 – but did not check if she had won until last week.
She went to check the ticket at her local post office – and was stunned when a shopkeeper handed her a slip saying she had won.
Gobsmacked Margaret was told to go to nearby Tesco to check the numbers one more time before calling the lottery.
The nan rushed across the road to the nearby Swiss Cottage supermarket in north London, where eager staff quickly checked her numbers.
But her retirement hopes for her hardworking husband, 78, crumbled moments later.
The Tesco employee said her ticket did not have the winning numbers. She called the National Lottery, which confirmed the devastating news.
Margaret told The Sun: “I was disgusted. I had never had one of these tickets to claim before – and have been doing the lotto ever since it started.
“I was quite surprised when I received this complaint ticket – I didn’t know what to do with it.
“They said go to Tesco. And when I went there, it turned out there was no winner.
“I thought it was because I had two lines on my EuroMillions ticket.
“I was quite convinced that the line I won on was the one I did for my grandson – that’s his date of birth.
“I phoned the lottery line and spoke to a lady and she checked all the numbers on the ticket. And they didn’t match.
“I was stunned. I asked why I had received the complaint ticket and she said the person in front of me [is probably who the claim slip was meant for].
“It was a little disappointing and I was pretty gutted.”
Margaret said she didn’t think she had made millions, just enough to allow her beloved husband to retire.
“When I got the ticket I wasn’t thinking millions, maybe £25,000 or something.
“I just wanted enough to be able to phone my husband and tell him to come home, so he could retire from work.
“He’s a traffic cop and it’s a thankless job – he turns 79 this year. He leaves at 5.15am and comes home around 4.45pm.
“I just think of him because he’s such a wonderful person. He’s my soul mate.
“We have been married for 54 years and I couldn’t bear my life without him and I just want him to be able to retire.
“That’s very good [the job] keeps him busy with his brain, but at the same time it tires his body.
“He should have retired at 65, but we just can’t afford it because where we live, service charges – we’re leaseholders, but that doesn’t mean we’re millionaires. “
Margaret is terrified that the rightful lottery winner mistakenly believes he hasn’t won.
“Afterwards, I just thought about the person who had the ticket and them who didn’t know it and thought they had nothing,” she added.
“She urged everyone to check their numbers – especially if they bought their ticket in the Swiss Cottage area.”