Woman loses £ 18million lottery jackpot after accidentally washing her ticket

The anonymous woman, in her 40s, was unable to claim the huge cash prize under lottery rules, which state that you must have a photo of the front of your ticket in the event of loss

The woman missed the deadline to claim her prize (stock image)

It’s fair to say that winning the lottery is pretty much most people’s dream – especially when there are millions of people involved.

But, there is nothing more devastating than the prospect of having a life-changing amount of money on hand, only to lose it before it even hits your bank balance.

Sadly, this is exactly what happened to a woman, who lost a $ 26million (£ 18million) jackpot, after allegedly putting her ticket into the laundry.

The woman, who has not been named, says she matched the six numbers in November of last year, after buying the ticket at a store in Los Angeles, United States.

Woman says lottery ticket was destroyed in laundry (stock photo)

She had 180 days to enter the store to claim her prize, but on the last day of the deadline, she told the store manager what had happened.

The woman’s claim was even substantiated by the store manager, who has CCTV evidence of her entering the store and purchasing the winning ticket, but unfortunately lottery officials said that didn’t. was not enough for them to grant him the winnings, according to KLTA.

According to California Lottery rules, a photo of the front and back of the ticket is the only evidence that can be used in the event of a ticket missing, which is why everyone is encouraged to take photos of their number after procurement.

But, while the loss will undoubtedly be a devastating blow to the woman, it is a huge gain for local schools in the area, as the unclaimed amount of money is automatically returned to the state’s public schools when nobody shows up.

If you’ve ever wondered what is worse than heartache, this is it.

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