£100,000 scratch card thrown away!

£100,000 scratch card thrown away!£100,000 scratch card thrown away!

A man from near Sheffield, Yorkshire, has described how he threw away a National Lottery scratch card worth £100,000 because he misunderstood the rules of the game.

38 year-old Cemil Celikkanat said that he thought the three matching £100,000 symbols had to be in line on the scratch card. He says that his mistake has ruined his life and that even a frantic search after he realised what he had done was fruitless.

Describing the feeling of throwing away £100,000 he said, “When I found out I felt dizzy and dropped to my knees; it was like being hit over the head. I threw away £100,000. I feel so terrible, I think about it every day, it’s had a massive impact on my life.”

Financial issues had caused problems in Mr. Celikkanat’s marriage and he has now split up from his wife after this gaffe, which she apparenlty felt was the “last straw”.

The father of three has played National Lottery scratch cards for six years and is now wondering how many winning tickets he has thrown away.

The ticket he bought for £1 was the £100,000 Blue scratch card and there were only two top prizes remaining.

Camelot have expressed their sympathy for Mr. Celikkanat but say that they will only pay out if the winning instant game is produced.

Published: April 23, 2010

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