But because there is a 30-day time limit on reporting lost tickets, it was concluded that the company had no legal powers to pay up.Mrs Tott, a 24-year-old receptionist from Watford, said: 'Thinking you're going to have all that money is really liberating. 'It drains the life from you and puts a terrible strain on your marriage.
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They are most likely to have five of the main numbers and the bonus ball correct.
The National Lottery is expecting bumper sales and a spokesman said: “We urge players not to leave it until the last minute to purchase a ticket for Saturday’s draw.“We now have a record-breaking Lotto jackpot up for grabs this Saturday and it has to be won this weekend no matter what.”But Dr Haigh said one reason Wednesday’s jackpot, which stood at £50.4million, was not won could have been the low number of sales compared to the 45 million to one odds.“Only 22 million or so tickets were sold so it is not really surprising that none of them matched the winning numbers, especially as those winning numbers included three numbers of 50 or more,” he said.“Historically, fewer people choose such combinations than those with lower numbers, such as those based on family birthdays.”Birthday numbers only go up to 31 not 59.
In addition to the jackpot, National Lottery Camelot will make one person a millionaire with its Millionaire Raffle tonight.
Twenty people are also guaranteed to win £20,000 each.
A young couple who missed out on a £3million lottery fortune after losing their ticket described their ordeal yesterday as the 'cruellest torture imaginable'.
On what should have been a joyous first wedding anniversary, Martyn and Kay Tott told how their astonishingly bad luck had ended their dreams, left them devastated and put a strain on their marriage.
After hearing a TV appeal about the unclaimed jackpot and recognising the numbers as their own, they had turned their flat upside down looking for the ticket - without success.
Camelot officials investigated their claim for seven weeks and were satisfied that it was genuine.
The Lotto’s failure to find an outright winner has sparked controversy since Camelot increased the number of balls from 49 to 59.
Dr John Haigh, from the University of Sussex, said he had worked out the chance of matching the winning numbers to be just one in 45,057,474.“The change means you are more likely to date a supermodel, odds of 189,200 to one, or give birth to identical quadruplets, a 15 million to one chance, than win tonight’s jackpot,” he said.
The odds had gone from “dreadful” to “more dreadful”, he added: “The number of possible combinations has increased from nearly 14 million to just over 45 million, so the chance of matching the jackpot-winning numbers has dropped from about 1 in 14 million to 1 in 45 million, about one third as good.”Players are more likely to be hit by lightning, a 576,000 to one chance, attacked and killed by a shark (3.7 million to one) or dying from a bee sting (6.1 million to one) than finding themselves an overnight multi-millionaire.