X Factor contestant caught in lottery drama
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 September 2014
'X Factor' hopeful Ten Senah thought she'd won the EuroMillions when all of her numbers came up, but her dreams were dashed when she was told the ticket was fake
An 'X Factor' contestant tried to claim a £48.1 million payout with a fake lottery ticket.
Ten Senah couldn't believe her luck when she realised she had the winning numbers for the EuroMillions but, after storming to the offices of the lottery firm Camelot to claim her prize, she was refused the lump sum because the ticket had been tampered with.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Ten said: "I'm numb, I was planning the house, the car, everything. Nothing prepares you for that moment -- and then to have it taken away again, it's the cruellest thing in the world."
After Camelot said the slip was not genuine because the numbers had been stuck on with glue, Ten confronted the shopkeeper she bought the ticket from.
She added: "There's no way any of my friends would have got into my bag. I kept the ticket in my diary, really safe. I had no idea how this would have happened. It's the real ticket, that's it -- why would I have gone to Camelot and gone to the guy in the shop if I didn't truly believe I had won?
"I know it's totally crazy, I couldn't believe it myself."
However, a letter from Camelot stated that the lottery ticket, bought for the draw on May 23, was not a match and failed the company's security measures.
It reads: "During the validation procedure... your ticket failed company security checks.
"I would also mention that there were no jackpot-winning tickets that matched all five numbers and both Lucky Stars on Friday, May 23."
Meanwhile, Ten, who turned up to her first audition drunk, went through to the bootcamp stage of the competition last night (21.09.14) after receiving a 'yes' vote from Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole.