Imagine how awful it would be to scratch a paper-based scratch card and think that you won a life changing amount of cash, only to be told that this was a mistake. For poor scratchy fan, Esme Arbous, this nightmare was a reality when she scratched a ticket and thought she had won £80K, only to be told that she had misread the ticket.
The ticket that Esme was scratching cost £2 and offered fans that mega £80K as a max jackpot if they uncover the number 8. As it transpired, due to the design of the card, (which is covered in swirls and lines) Esme had actually mistaken the number for a number 3. Esme states that she had even sent a picture of the ticket to her son, who was also convinced that the 3 was an 8 – so it wasn’t her 69 year old peepers playing tricks on her! As it turns out, Esme was not the only person to have made this mistake when playing this game – in fact, another 24 players had also mistaken the number 3 for the number 8, and they are now all calling for a brand new design so that this does not happen again.
Esme wasn’t completely unlucky, however. After phoning Camelot only to be informed that she had not actually won the £80K, they did let her know that she wasn’t empty handed; she had won the grand total of £2. Hooray! Esme was understandably shattered, and stated, “With the money I could have happily retired knowing we had some money in the bank. It would have been completely amazing to win.”
Seeing as 25 people have now made the same mistake, Camelot are now taking the necessary precautions to ensure that this does not happen again. A spokesperson for Camelot stated, “We’re currently speaking to the supplier that manufactures our scratch cards to minimise the risk of this happening in the future.”
It has to be said that no one has ever encountered a mistake like this when playing online scratch cards, folks! You click the boxes and win or lose – easy as pie. This is yet another example that highlights why scratching online is so much more appealing than scratching paper-based tickets. We are sure that scratchy fan Esme will now be opting for scratch sites out of fear of suffering this crushing disappointment again!