Plasterer misses £1m EuroMillions win after girlfriend secretly changes numbers

Plasterer misses £1m EuroMillions win after girlfriend secretly changes numbers


A EuroMillions punter says he missed out on a life-changing £1million win when his girlfriend changed his numbers without telling him.

Plasterer Jacob Simon, 32, said he and nurse Chantelle Avossa, 29, have “fallen out a bit” and he felt “sick” after he found out she played a Lucky Dip instead in last Friday’s draw.

Had Jacob’s usual numbers been played, he would have matched all five main numbers plus one of the two lucky stars – beating odds of one in almost seven million – when the jackpot was a record £180.8million.

He would have split £7.5million with six European winners, taking home £1,071,420.

Jacob said Chantelle, mum to their three-year-old son, didn’t tell him that she decided to play a Lucky Dip because his numbers hadn’t brought them any luck all year.

The Lucky Dip won nothing and now Jacob, from Leicester, is left wondering what might have been.

He told the Sun: “I feel sick. We haven’t slept at all. We’ve fallen out a bit.”

For a year the couple had been playing the numbers 14, 20, 27, 34, 38 and Lucky Stars 2 and 11.

The history of their account on the Lotto app shows they had stuck with them all year until this week.

Every single one of them except 2 came up last Friday.

Jacob said: “I wasn’t watching the draw but my girlfriend said, ‘You are going to kill me. Our numbers have come up but I changed them’.”

He thought she was joking.

After it finally sank in, he said: “I’m happy it wasn’t multi-millions, that would have been absolutely galling. I could’ve been a millionaire.”

The most won by a Briton in Friday’s draw was £9,243.20.

Six ticketholders won that prize for matching five main numbers.

No-one in Europe won the record £180.8million jackpot.

If anyone matches all five numbers and both Lucky Stars in Tuesday night’s draw, they will win an estimated £175million, although the jackpot could end up being millions more.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160.


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