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Cancer patient, 75, told jackpot Lottery scratchcard is misprint

Tom Gray with what he believed was the winning scrathcard. Picture: Jim Bennet Tom Gray with what he believed was the winning scrathcard. Picture: Jim Bennet

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
6:00 PM

A 75-year-old cancer patient from Harold Hill believed he had won £80,000 on a Lucky Streak scratchcard but when he called to claim his winnings, Lottery officials explained that it was a misprint.

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Close up of Tom Gray's scratchcard. Picture: Jim BennetClose up of Tom Gray's scratchcard. Picture: Jim Bennet

Tom Gray, of Dagnam Park Drive, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer just two months ago, found two matching dice showing the number four beside the jackpot symbol but he may now only receive £2.

The former gas and central heating fitter had wanted to share his “winnings” with his grandchildren.

A streak running down the card shows a missing line of ink which Camelot, the National Lottery operator, say would reveal a dot making one of the die a five.

After believing they had won, his daughter, Alison Gray, of Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, said: “We both thought: this doesn’t happen to us.”

Officials say the winnings on the cards are all predetermined and are revealed by the serial numbers. Below each die there is a written abbreviation of the number. This is also obscured but appears it could say “FIV” rather than “FOU”. The card states “match two identical dice to win prize”.

Miss Gray said: “He did match two dice, it didn’t say the numbers below.”

A Camelot spokesman said: “We would need the player to post the scratchcard to us. This is so we can determine what might have happened to this particular card. As of today, we have not yet received the scratchcard from the player.”

Miss Gray has concerns over sending the scratchcard away. She said: “I don’t want to send it off and for them to send £2 back.”

“It also makes me wonder what else is on that strip.”

“I wonder how many people have thrown their cards away who may have been winners.”

The Camelot spokesman added: “To date, we have paid out over £15.2 million in prizes on this particular scratchcard, including six top prizes of £80,000.”

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