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Payment Processing Failure Costs Couples £182M Lottery Win

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read

Just when they thought they had it, and then it all faded away…

A young couple from Hertfordshire has missed out on a massive opportunity to become very rich after they had problems with payment on their lottery win. The unfortunate couple missed out on winning more than $180 million after the payment for their lottery ticket failed to go through. Their lottery numbers were the perfect fit to win the huge prize, but they discovered their payment didn't go through at the last minute. 

Rachel Kennedy and Liam McCrohan, aged 19 and 21, respectively, were so close to becoming multimillionaires at a very young age but missed out due to payment issues. The couple had all the winning numbers to take home the $182 million reward, but they were informed that the payment for their lottery ticket had failed. 

About five weeks before they appeared at the draw, Rachel and Liam had played the same numbers – 6, 12, 22, 29, 33, 6, and 11. This was the right number for the lottery-winning ticket

While speaking to The Sun, Rachel Kennedy revealed that she had called her boyfriend and mom to tell them the outcome of the lottery ticket before they discovered that the payment didn't go through. 

"I went on the app, and it said ‘Winning Match’ and I thought ‘Oh my god I’ve won.’ So I called my boyfriend Liam and my mum into the room and they couldn't believe it either so I was like ‘oh my god I need to call them.’ I called the number thinking that I had won £182 million and they said ‘yeah you've got the right numbers but you didn’t have the funds in your account for the payment of the ticket so it didn’t actually go through’. I was on top of the world when I thought I had won but when I found out I hadn’t, Liam was actually more upset than I was." 

A Huge Disappointment for Both Parties 

Even though Rachel Kennedy was also disappointed by the outcome of the lottery tickets, it seemed like her boyfriend was more disappointed than she was. According to their narration, Liam McCrohan had already figured out so many things he would have used the money to buy, only to discover that they didn't actually win the lottery. 

Liam told The Sun saying, "She was quite relaxed about it, but I had kind of spent it in my head already. I was absolutely heartbroken when we heard the man on the phone say we hadn’t actually bought the ticket. I was already picturing our dream house and the dream car, I think I was getting a bit carried away to be fair. On the app, it really made it look like we had won because it comes up in orange and it says winning the match. When you looked at it and it was her usual numbers it just really looked like she had won and I got a bit carried away."

According to the couple, they are already making plans on how to win the next lottery in the upcoming draw." We’re absolutely not going to keep using those numbers now, I’ve already changed them. I’ve never won anything before, we’ve just got the worst luck when it comes to stuff like this," Rachel said.