Man left feeling 'cheated' after winning on EuroMillions

John Pitt says he has been cheated by the National Lottery
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A disgruntled pensioner has voiced his frustration after discovering the prize amount he received on the EuroMillions was less than expected.

On the draw on May 31, John Pitt, aged 72, checked his EuroMillions ticket online only to be "astonished" at finding out that his win of £6.50 for matching three numbers and a star was actually 10 pence less than what those who matched just three numbers got, which was £6.60.

The OAP expressed his disbelief to the Echo, saying: "I thought, 'this can't be right' so I phoned the National Lottery. The man on the other end came back and told me that the prize for each outcome is determined by how many people won it - and then divided between them. He told me that that's just the way it is."

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John elaborated on his concerns: "I'm not bothered about the 10p but if I'd have won £100k with my numbers and someone with less numbers had won £110k, that would be a problem."

He criticised the lack of transparency, stating: "They just do whatever they like and there's no oversight. It's unbelievable! The way they said: 'That's just the way it is' when they could have said: 'Oh, sorry, we've made a miscalculation and we've fixed it' - that would be better."

Feeling short-changed, John added: "They've cheated me and many more. When I contacted the National Lottery, I said: 'You must have had hundreds of calls like this' but they said they hadn't."

Indeed, the official EuroMillions prize breakdown confirms that for the draw on Friday, May 31, matching three numbers wins £6.60, whereas three numbers plus a star yields a slightly lower prize of £6.50.

A spokesperson for Allwyn, the company set to take over The National Lottery, explained: "Unlike some of our other draw-based games, EuroMillions does not have fixed prize tiers and the amount a player wins in a particular draw will be dependent on how many other players have also won in that tier.

"In the draw on 31 May, there were a higher than usual number of match 3+1 winners and, as the prize fund is divided equally between them, this has resulted in the rare scenario whereby the player's prize is very slightly lower than that of the next winning tier."

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