The leader of a Lottery syndicate who was misled over her winnings has hit back at critics who have called her greedy.
Gina Nolan’s delight when six numbers matched those on the National Lottery draw quickly turned to shock and disappointment when Camelot admitted it had miscalculated the jackpot amount.
Gina, 53, who works at a logistics firm in Biggleswade, is part of a 12-person syndicate who have been buying Lottery tickets for the last 11 years.
After the draw on Saturday, October 19 Camelot confirmed that they were one of three ticketholders who would share the advertised £6.2million Lotto jackpot.
But then two Camelot representatives visited Gina.
She said: “They said ‘we have good news and bad news’ and I went white as a ghost and felt sick, thinking that maybe we hadn’t won after all.
“But then they said that we had, but that due to a human error the jackpot was almost £1.5million less than the one advertised.” The mistake means that the syndicate members have each received £124,621 rather than the £159,709 they were expecting.
They have since been accused of greed but Gina added: “We want to stress that it’s not about the money, but more about the fact that it’s possible for a professional organisation like Camelot to make a mistake on this scale.”
A Camelot spokesman confirmed that an error had been made in its calculations, that it had apologised personally to the affected winners and that a thorough review is now being carried out.