Mum misses out on £7k lottery win by 3 days

A devastated single mum has told how she missed out on a Postcode Lottery jackpot by just three days. Helen James, 35, saw her neighbours in Castle Bromwich celebrate winning a total of £2 million in the 1st February draw but she was told she was not eligible for a share, a minimum of £7,110, because she had only been at her new address since 13th January.

Rules state participants have to be living at the postcode for a full month. Helen had moved from Northfield to Blandford Avenue in Castle Bromwich and called the People’s Postcode Lottery to change her address on her entry. This week it was revealed more than 100 lucky punters matched at least four digits of the winning B36 9HD code, bagging themselves at least £7,110 each. One player, who remained anonymous, collected the £400,000 top prize for matching the entire postcode – but Helen was told she was not eligible for the payout as she had not lived at her home for long enough when the draw was made.

“I feel so let down, they have treated us so unfairly,’’ she said. “The money would mean a lot to us. I’ve had a bad couple of years. This would have been some good luck for a change, I would have been able to take my children on holiday and treat them.”

The single mum, who lives with daughter Olivia, four, and three-year-old son Joseph, has shelled out more than £240 playing the lottery in the last year but had never won a prize.

A spokesman for the People’s Postcode Lottery said: “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery sign up one month in advance to be entered into the following month’s draws. Players play with their postcode to win daily prizes and support a range of good causes. Changes of details, particularly in relation to playing postcodes, must be notified prior to payment being collected as only active paid tickets (postcodes) at that point are entered into the draw. Changes are then applied to any future paid draws.”


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