A LOTTERY winner cashed his ticket despite it being ruined when his wife ironed his trousers.
The punter brought the blackened Lotto ticket back to Diamond’s newsagent in Ballymena, Northern Ireland about two weeks ago.
But the Camelot machine to confirm winning National Lottery tickets couldn’t read his charred stub to make a £30 payout.
Luckily, the unnamed local claimed his winnings after a worker with kind-hearted newsagent Eugene Diamond, 61, read the numbers by holding the ticket to the light.
Mr Diamond told Sun Online: “Somebody brought in a ticket that was totally black.
“His wife had ironed the trousers. He knew he had a winner so he left it in his pocket.
“His wife have the trousers a quick press, but sadly he forgot about his ticket.
“One good thing is she hadn’t washed the trousers or it could have been a different story.
“The guy thought he had lost his money. But there was a girl working for me held it up to the light and could get the numbers.”
The shop owner added: “I’m more than happy when people win. It pays to show local support and go that extra mile.”
The Lotto winner in his 30s was a regular customer at Diamond’s, where a scratch-card winner scooped £300,000 on a £3 Bingo card in 2017.
In 2016, gran-of-four Susanne Hinte falsely tried to claim a £33 million Lotto win after claiming she had put the winning ticket in the washing machine.
The guy thought he had lost his money. But there was a girl working for me held it up to the light and could get the numbers
Eugene Diamond, newsagent
She said she had won half of a £66 million, but her battered Lotto stub had no date or barcode.
Camelot were able to verify the numbers and the real winners came forward.
The gran was flooded with offers to pose as a lingerie model, but died of a suspected heart attack in 2017, aged 49.
Winning tickets are usually paid out in newsagent’s when the National Lottery machine reads the barcode.
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But a manual payout can be made for damaged tickets, at the newsagent’s own risk.
There is no ink used in Lotto tickets, which are printed on thermal paper rolls.
Camelot were contacted for comment.
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