Man throws away winning ticket by mistake

1,00,000 down the drain

Thirty-eight-year-old Cemal Celikkanat was under the impression that three 1,00,000 pound symbols on Camelot’s 1,00,000 pounds Blue game had to be in a line to win.

He didn’t realise that he had hit the jackpot till a colleague told him the rules the next day, by which time he had already thrown away the winning ticket, Daily Mail reported.
Celikkanat, from Dronfield, near Sheffield, rushed to the shop from where he bought the ticket to check the bin, but he was informed that it had been emptied and the contents taken to a local incinerator.

He did get the serial number of the winning card from the shopkeeper, but was told he couldn’t be paid without a ticket. “When I found out I felt dizzy and dropped to my knees — it was like being hit over the head... I was disappointed not to complete the row although there was another £1,00,000 symbol on a different grid,” Celikkanant was quoted as saying. “I didn’t realise what I had done until the following day when a colleague asked me to pick up her £25 scratchcard winnings. I noticed the £25 symbols were not in a line but she told me she had still won. That’s when the penny dropped. I threw away £1,00,000. I feel terrible, I think about it every day, it’s had a massive impact on my life.”

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