The woman who claimed to have won £33 million on the lottery did NOT have the winning ticket, it has been reported.
Susanne Hinte, a German grandmother from Worcester, claimed to have put the ticket with the winning numbers in the washing machine - and sent it to operators Camelot for verification.
But a security source who works for Camelot has now told the Telegraph that they won’t be investigating CCTV footage of Mrs Hinte’s purchase - which could have potentially proved her win.
The source revealed: ‘If Miss Hinte was even suspected of winning the lottery the first thing Camelot would have done is grab that CCTV footage. The footage is proof of where she bought the ticket and at what time.’
The confirmation came shortly after a friend cast doubt over Mrs Hinte’s claims - describing her ticket as a ‘fake’.
The friend revealed: ‘I don’t think the ticket is genuine. When I saw it I knew that it wasn’t right.I think she bought a later ticket after the day she says she had.’
David and Carol Martin won the other half of the prize
The other half of the £66 million jackpot - a UK record, was won by married couple David and Carol Martin, both 54, from Hawick in the Scottish Borders.
The six winning numbers from the January 9 draw were 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.
Yahoo has contacted Camelot for comment.