A TICKET mix-up cost a couple their £240,000 lottery win.
Jeanette Dodd, 45, was jumping for joy when she checked her Lucky Dip ticket for last Saturday's draw because she had five numbers, 2, 12, 22, 28, 30 and the bonus ball 39.
But then her husband Andrew, who works at Shell UK (Stanlow), double-checked and dropped the bombshell news – their winning ticket was not for that night, Saturday, but the following Wednesday instead.
Mrs Dodd, who lives with her husband in Eastham, said: "It's like a cruel joke. One minute I thought I'd won a fortune – and the next it had gone."
The couple bought the ticket at 5.45pm at Asda in Bromborough on Saturday of last week.
Mrs Dodd explained: "As we left the store Andrew said he was going to get a Lotto ticket but I said I would get it because I had just found a penny on the floor.
"You know the expression: 'See a penny, pick it up and all the day you'll have good luck'. I normally do the Lotto online but I went to the counter with a blank play slip to ask the bloke what I did.
“He put the slip straight through the machine and when it registered nothing he asked me what I wanted.
"I told him three lucky dips for that night but as I said it he was talking to someone through a perspex screen next to him. That's the only reason I can think of for the mistake.
“All I can say is I now know what it feels like to win an awful lot of money... and it's a fantastic feeling.
"Unfortunately, I know what it is like to have it taken away."
And of her tickets, she said: “You don't think to check the day and date."
Mrs Dodd – mum to Kelly, 24, and Michael, 22 – has since received an e-mail of apology from Asda.
A spokeswoman for Camelot, which runs the National Lottery, said: "While we understand the customer's disappointment, all lottery tickets clearly state that it's the customer's responsibility to check the details. If a mistake had been picked up by the customer at the time, we would of course have re-issued fresh tickets for the Saturday draw.”