Lottery officials apologise for publishing wrong EuroMillions numbers
Published 31/03/2016 | 10:06
Lottery officials have apologised after accidentally publishing the wrong numbers on the group's website for a £19 million draw.
The EuroMillions blunder on Friday provoked fury on Twitter, where many users were quick to highlight the mistake.
Instead of showing 5 and 8 as the correct Lucky Star numbers, the lottery website displayed 5 and 6 - frustrating those who should have won more.
"For draw 888, the two lucky numbers drawn is 5 and 8 and NOT 5 & 6 as you have published," Sunil Prasad told the National Lottery on Twitter.
"You have computed winners based on lucky starts 5 & 6. We are being cheated!
"Check the YouTube video and Euromillions website. You have got it wrong and many of us are losing money."
Mr Sunil had matched numbers 12, 36 and both Lucky Stars. But the website only acknowledged he had matched two numbers plus one Lucky Star, meaning he had won £5.80, instead of £10.30.
Another Twitter user said "Really? So which is it, 5 & 8 or 5 & 6? Joke, the UK lottery home of the national robbery."
Camelot apologised for the gaffe in a statement on its website.
"Please note that an incorrect Lucky Star was published on the National Lottery website following the EuroMillions draw on Friday 25th March," it said.
"The Lucky Stars drawn were 05 and 08, but the website was showing 05 and 06. We've fixed this now and all prizes were processed correctly, but we're very sorry for any inconvenience caused."
With no one matching all the numbers for the March 25 draw, it rolled over to Tuesday when there was again no overall winner again.
This Friday's Euro jackpot is an estimated £31 million.
Lottery winners were also left upset after last Wednesday's draw when those who matched five numbers ended up with less money than people that matched only three.