National lottery warning to players ahead of triple rollover as couple missed out on £182m winnings

Euromillions tickets on a table

The couple lost out on a £182million winnings despite their numbers coming up

Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler

Published: 10/03/2023

- 16:03

The couple were left ‘absolutely heartbroken’ when they were told they hadn’t won despite their numbers coming up

A couple who missed out on winning £182million serve as a warning to other players ahead of this weekend’s triple rollover.

Rachel Kennedy and Liam McCrohan from Hertfordshire almost won the Euromillions jackpot two years ago after their regular numbers came up.

But despite receiving a notification that their numbers were a “winning match”, they had not actually purchased a ticket because the account didn’t have the necessary funds.

This weekend lottery players can chance their luck on a £7.5million jackpot in the National Lottery.

The National Lottery sign

The couple had not actually purchased a ticket because the account didn’t have the necessary funds


Kennedy, then a 19-year-old Brighton University student was “going crazy” when she learnt that all her usual numbers were picked in February 2021.

However, when she called up to confirm her win, she was told that she had not purchased a ticket.

Her account was set up to auto-purchase her Euromillions ticket using her usual numbers of 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6 and 11.

After just six weeks of playing the their seven digits came in.

“I went on the app and it said ‘Winning Match’ and I thought 'Oh my god I've won,'' Kennedy told The Sun at the time.

Both she and McCrohan, then 21, were in disbelief so she called the Euromillions number to confirm the news.

The couple then learned that the winning ticket was not valid because the payment had not gone through.

McCrohan said: “I was absolutely heartbroken when we heard the man on the phone say we hadn't actually bought the ticket.”

Pound coins on top of notes

After just six weeks of playing the couple's seven digits came in


The jackpot had been rolled over five times before it was claimed by a winner in Switzerland.

Numbers for the current jackpot will be drawn at 8pm on Saturday.

This weekend will see a triple rollover with £7.5million up for grabs.

Tickets must be purchased by 7.30pm to ensure they are counted in the draw.

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